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Savage Garden refuses to sell out their famous song

<p>Hayes said he’s been approached recently by an advertising company wanting to use the band’s 1997 major hit – <em>Truly Madly Deeply</em> – which Hayes wrote.</p> <p>The singer made his fans laugh on Twitter by sharing the lyrics the advertising company wanted to use and Hayes posted: “If you knew how much money I turn down and how hard I fight to protect your high school memories.”</p> <p>The lyrics the company had pitched to him were:</p> <p><strong>VERSE 1</strong></p> <p><em>I’ll bring you Greek, I’ll bring you French, I’ll bring you Japanese. </em></p> <p><em>I’ll bring you Thai, Steak from the Pub, bring all the food that you need. </em></p> <p><em>Close to your door with every step, I’m outside holding your food. </em></p> <p><em>It will be warm, It will be tasty ‘cause I’m counting on a real good rating.</em></p> <p><em>That’s the reason I’m bringing, you Deep Fried Chicken </em></p> <p><strong>CHORUS 1</strong></p> <p><em>I want to stand with you on food mountain </em></p> <p><em>I want to float with you in some cheese. </em></p> <p><em>[insert brand name] Like this forever </em></p> <p><em>Until more fries rain down on me. </em></p> <p>Twitter users thanked the singer for not selling out and they described the advertising company’s lyrics as “truly madly cringy”, “awful” and “a travesty.”</p> <p>“These lyrics make me want to throw myself off food mountain,” tweeted <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/music/savage-garden-star-darren-hayes-rejects-companys-awful-pitch/news-story/@daggerandpe" target="_blank">@daggerandpen</a>.</p> <p>“‘I want to float with you in some cheese’ is my new pick-up line,” wrote <a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/clairenelson/status/1422342652658425858?s=20" target="_blank">@clairenelson</a>.</p> <p>And <a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/timbyrneses/status/1422343095534854154?s=20" target="_blank">@timbyrneses</a> tweeted: “Could you still record it? The people need to hear this cringe.”</p> <p><em>Truly Madly Deeply</em> was a huge hit for Hayes and his Savage Garden bandmate, Daniel Jones, when it was released in 1997.</p> <p>The song went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US and it became the first song in the chart’s history to spend a full 52 weeks inside the top 30.</p> <p>In Australia it won the ARIA award for Single of the Year and was nominated for Song of the Year but lost out to another Savage Garden song, <em>To the Moon and Back</em>.</p> <p>Savage Garden won 10 ARIAs that year from 13 nominations.</p> <p><em>Image: Wikimedia Commons</em></p>

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This must be the world’s tastiest flute

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two friends - one a pastry chef, the other a flautist - have combined their talents to create what appears to be the world’s first ever, playable chocolate flute.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Indian chef Vinesh Johny partnered with his friend, flautist Parth Chandiramani, to create the tasty project.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRBjrS0BaFl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; 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text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRBjrS0BaFl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Vinesh Johny (@vineshjohny)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It took a lot of time and research understanding the intricacies of making a wind instrument, to finally create an actual playable flute entirely out of chocolate,” Johny explained on Instagram.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He used his specialist pastry chef tool to craft the instrument, which he shared with the world in a video posted on July 7, also known as World Chocolate Day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the post, Johny credits Chandiramani for bringing his creation to life: “This mad idea could only happen with one of the greatest flute players in the country.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chandiramani also shared the creation on his Instagram page.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CRJkJ8WgxXq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CRJkJ8WgxXq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Parth Chandiramani (@parth_chandiramani)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Vinesh Johny came up with this brilliant idea of making a flute entirely out of chocolate. It was such a fun experience seeing this fabulous idea come to life. Thank you Vinesh for giving me the honour of playing this delicious chocolate flute,” he said...</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I didn’t just get to play it, I got to eat it too!” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the clip, Chandiramani plays the Indian song - ‘Urvasi Urvasi’ composed by A.R. Rahman for the soundtrack of the 1994 film </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kadhalan</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Vinesh Johny / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Sex Pistols lead singer causes strife

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two former Sex Pistols members are suing singer Johnny Rotten for the right to use the band’s songs in an upcoming series about the rock icons.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook are hoping to include the songs in </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pistol</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, a new show based on a memoir written by Jones.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rotten, whose real name is John Lydon, has called the series “disrespectful” and has refused to grant permission for the songs to be included.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Edmund Cullen, a lawyer representing Jones and Cook, told a London High Court judge that the former bandmates have a “brittle and fractious” relationship.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He argued that decisions regarding licensing requests could be made on a “majority rules basis”, based on the terms of a 1998 band agreement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lydon has argued that his consent is required for the music to be licensed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cullen said the band’s original bassist, Glen Matlock, and the estate of Matlock’s replacement, Sid Vicious, were in support of Cook and Jones.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mark Cunningham, Lydon’s lawyer, said in written arguments that the memoir depicts Lydon “in a hostile and unflattering light” and at one point describes the singer as “the annoying little brat with the great bone structure who’s always asking for more”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The court case will continue this week.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pistol</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> stars Anson Boon as Lydon and Maisie Wiliams as Jordan Mooney - also known as Pamela Rooke - and is due to be broadcast next year.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Johnny Rotten / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Diana Ross to release first album in 15 years

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Diana Ross is making a major comeback, announcing she will be releasing a new album.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The soul legend’s first album in 15 years is expected to be released in early September.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The album, titled </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Thank You</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, will feature 13 songs Ross co-wrote with various writers and producers, including Jack Antonoff, Freddie Wexler, Tayla Parx, and Troy Miller.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CQNScEDlfwD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CQNScEDlfwD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ms Ross ✨ (@dianaross)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sharing the news on Instagram, Ross wrote: “This collection of songs is my gift to you with appreciation and love. I am eternally grateful that I had the opportunity to record this glorious music at this time.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On the same day, Ross released the titular track off her new album, and shared a snippet on Instagram, to the delight of her fans.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CQNlziAldOm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CQNlziAldOm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ms Ross ✨ (@dianaross)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This song is EVERYTHING!! I can’t wait for the new album,” one fan commented.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s gorgeous. Your music is beautiful,” another said.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Diana Ross / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Prince Charles shares his favourite songs of all time

<p>Prince Charles has given royal fans a glimpse into his musical taste, leaving many surprised with his wide range of favourites.<br /><br /><span>The senior royal partook in a special pre-recorded broadcast titled "Music &amp; Memories" for the Hospital Broadcasting Association, to thank the hospital radio for their “invaluable service… right across the country."</span><br /><br /><span>The Prince of Wales said during the hour-long programme that the radio has had "immeasurable value in connecting people, in providing comfort and companionship and in raising people's spirits when that is needed."</span><br /><br /><span>The 72-year-old went on to say he's been "profoundly impressed" throughout the past "extraordinary year" by the "dedication shown by our wonderful NHS staff and volunteers right across the country."</span><br /><br /><span>"I have found myself marvelling time and time again at the sheer resilience and indomitable spirit shown by everyone as we have faced the challenge of these most testing times," he went on to add.</span><br /><br /><span>Prince Charles' included a personal selection of his favourite songs, and along with it, an anecdote describing the song’s relevance to his life.</span><br /><br /><span>He noted that the track 'Givin' Up, Givin' In’, was performed "long ago," at the royal's 30th birthday.</span><br /><br /><span>Charles says the song, "used to provide me with an irresistible urge to get up and dance."</span><br /><br /><span>The public has responded to the Prince of Wales’ song list, with many being blown away by the royal’s choices.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Love Prince Charles music choices that man has got good taste in music.</p> — Margaret O' Shea (@Margare27461789) <a href="https://twitter.com/Margare27461789/status/1411620923594190848?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 4, 2021</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Alright Prince Charles: great taste in music. <a href="https://t.co/kdFYPpKQLR">pic.twitter.com/kdFYPpKQLR</a></p> — Alberta (@AlbertaLC) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertaLC/status/1411718629067005953?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 4, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span></span><br /><br /><span>The full list, which will be available to look at through the Clarence House social media channels includes:</span></p> <ul> <li><span><span>Givin' Up, Givin' In - The Three Degrees</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Don't Rain On My Parade - Barbara Streisand</span></span></li> <li><span><span>La Vie En Rose - Edith Piaf</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Upside Down - Diana Ross</span></span></li> <li><span><span>The Voice - Eimear Quinn</span></span></li> <li><span><span>The Click Song - Miriam Makeba</span></span></li> <li><span><span>You're A Lady - Peter Skellern</span></span></li> <li><span><span>La Mer - Charles Trenet</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Bennachie - Old Blind Dogs</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Lulu's Back In Town - Dick Powell</span></span></li> <li><span><span>They Can't Take That Away From Me - Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Tros Y Garreg/Crossing the Stone - Catrin Finch</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Tydi a Roddaist - Bryn Terfel</span><br /><span></span></span><span><span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span>The special radio programme was aired across 180 stations linked to the Hospital Broadcasting Association on the eve of the NHS' birthday.</span><br /><br /><span>The NHS is celebrating 73 years of operation, after first launching on July 5th, 1948.</span></span></p>

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“I am traumatised”: Britney Spears speaks out against dad for the first time ever

<p>Britney Spears gave a jaw-dropping speech in court on Thursday regarding her ongoing conservatorship that has been active since 2008 – telling the judge her experience has been nothing short of “abusive”.</p> <p>The pop sensation alleges she was kept in a drugged state for years, has no control over her right to have children and has been banned from speaking out against her “harmful” situation to the public, in a blistering testimony.</p> <p>“He loved the control he had over me, one hundred thousand percent,” Spears said about her father Jamie Spears, who has had complete control over her finances since 2008 under her conservatorship arrangement.</p> <p>“I’ve lied and told the whole world I’m OK and happy. I’ve been in denial. I’ve been in shock. I am traumatised. I can’t sleep, I’m depressed, I cry every day.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841990/britney-spear-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e94aeffa0f41477b86adb83bc307d474" /></p> <p>“But now I’m telling you the truth, I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry it’s insane… I cry everyday.”</p> <p>Spears said she wanted the conservatorship arrangement to end “without having to be evaluated.”</p> <p>“I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive,” she said. “It’s my wish and my dream for this to end.”</p> <p>Spears also gave other jaw-dropping statements, saying:</p> <p>“The people who did this to me should not be able to get away and walk away easily.”</p> <p>“Ma’am, I’m not here to be a slave. I can say no to a dance move.”</p> <p>“They’ve done a pretty good job of exploiting my life, so I think this should be an open hearing.”</p> <p>“The same lady has been giving me my medication for 8 years... I was out on lithium. They took me off my same drugs for 5 years and put me on lithium…it is a strong drug…it was like I was drunk.”</p> <p>“I wasn’t allowed to go anywhere for month.”</p> <p>“They should be in jail.”</p> <p>“My attorney said I can’t let the public know anything about what has been done to me.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841991/britney-spear-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4f30a5c6a5d44ffbb4bdd373c83a97d4" /></p> <p>“It’s not fair that they are telling lies about me openly. Even my family…”</p> <p>“I haven’t had the opportunity to handpick my own attorney myself.”</p> <p>“I’m talking to you today because yes, even Jodi is starting to take it too far.” (Jodi Montgomery is Britney’s ‘care manager’).</p> <p>“They need to be reminded that they actually work for me.”</p> <p>“I am not able to see my friends that I made during 3 years of AA meetings.”</p> <p>“I have an IUD (birth control device) in my body right now that won’t let me have a baby and my conservators won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out.”</p> <p>The final minute of Spears’ speech has emerged online:</p> <p>“Basically, this conservatorship is doing me WAY more harm than good,” she began.</p> <p>“I deserve to have a life, I deserve to have a two, three year break and do what I want to do. I wish I could stay with you on the phone forever because when I get off the phone, I hear all these ‘no’s’. ‘No, no, I feel ganged up on.</p> <p>“I feel bullied and I feel left out and alone. I’m tired of feeling alone. I deserve to have the same rights as anybody does by having a child, a family, all of those things. That’s all I wanted to say to you - thank you so much for letting me speak to you today.”</p> <p>Spears also opened up about her controversial Las Vegas residency, saying she was “forced” to do it and further alleged that when she informed her management she didn’t want to do it, she was put on lithium, a “strong” drug that made her feel drunk.</p> <p>She says she stayed on lithium for five years.</p> <p>Spears also revealed she dreams of having more children and marrying her boyfriend Sam Asghari; however, her conservatorship has denied her wishes.</p> <p>Britney’s father Jamie said he was “sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain.”</p> <p>The star’s boyfriend Sam Asghari made a public display of support for his girlfriend just hours before she spoke in court, posting a photo to Instagram in a “FREE BRITNEY” t-shirt.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841993/britney-spear.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d8b1544315824eaa92079a46b4156749" /></p> <p>However, he is not the only person that has offered his support as Britney’s conservatorship has sparked a global movement with a call to “end the tyranny.”</p> <p>Britney has been in a conservatorship since 2008 with her father, with reports from the New York Times alleging every aspect of her life is controlled right down to her Starbucks and iTunes purchases.</p> <p>Another hearing regarding the estate’s accounting documents is set for July 14.</p>

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David Campbell’s sweet moment with daughter Betty will melt your heart

<p>Today Extra host David Campbell has sent the internet into a tailspin after sharing a sweet moment with his daughter, Betty.</p> <p>The singer and TV presenter took to Instagram to show fans he and his six-year-old’s new favourite song to sing together, in an emotional post on Wednesday morning.</p> <p>The pair tackled the heartfelt Cover Me In Sunshine together, with David writing: “Betty has been singing this in the car for a while so I had to learn it for her.”</p> <p>Already, the post has received hundreds of comments, with legendary rock singer and dad of Campbell, Jimmy Barnes, writing: “I love that Betty loves to sing xxx”.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CP4XRGRnEsz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CP4XRGRnEsz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by David Campbell (@davidcampbell73)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p>Campbell’s co-host on Today Extra, Sylvia Jeffreys, left a simple message after listening to the sweet duo: “JOY!”</p> <p>Fans couldn’t help but flock to the comments either, with one person saying: “What a beautiful girl. She definitely inherited the musical pipes from her gramps and dad.”</p> <p>Another wrote: “Such a beautiful thing to see you singing with your daughter. Please more of Betty singing with you David!”</p> <p><em>Cover Me In Sunshine</em> is an original song by the legendary U.S. star Pink, and her nine-year-old daughter Willow Sage Heart.</p> <p>David and his wife Lisa welcomed their only daughter, Betty, into the world alongside her twin brother, Billy, six years ago.</p> <p>The set of two followed behind their big brother Leo, who is 10.</p> <p>David told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/parenting/celebrity-families/david-campbell-parenting-67082" target="_blank"><em>Now To Love</em></a> earlier this year that raising his three children has been a “wild” journey. "It's such a privilege to raise humans, it really is. It's very hard, very stressful but I've been taught a lot," he admitted.</p> <p>"The experience of watching people grow in front of your eyes and help mould them into better citizens is something that is so special.</p> <p>“You take it for granted as a parent all the time, I did just this morning, but I'm trying to be present and remind myself about how great this time is.”</p>

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Missy Higgins opens up about relentless rumours: “I shut down”

<p>Australian singer Missy Higgins spoke candidly on what life was like during the height of her fame during the 2000’s, admitting the relentless speculation about her sexuality impacted her for life.</p> <p>While in conversation with Anh Do on his show <em>Anh’s Brush With Fame, </em>Higgins reflected on her 2004 album, <em>Sound of White, </em>which made her a household name in Australia at the tender age of just 21.</p> <p>However, with her endless success, unique sound and bold style, rumours surrounding her sexuality followed Higgins.</p> <p>“Everyone was speculating about my sexuality, which was such a personal thing, and such a thing I was grappling with,” she said.</p> <p>“All the journalists were trying to get an answer from me, they all wanted me to say I was gay and to come out loud and proud … but I was still figuring it out myself, and I felt SO much pressure to put myself in a box and put a label on it.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841584/missy-higgins-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b5348d58def14802bfc9bc9bbdca6cbd" /></p> <p>The star went on to say that the media’s treatment forced her to “shut down” in interviews, and her music.</p> <p>“Every time I did an interview, I was in shutdown mode, because they were probing, trying to get me to slip up,” she revealed.</p> <p>“Trying to get me to say a pronoun, you know? I’d be like, ‘How do I describe what this song’s about without saying ‘she’?’</p> <p>“It was so traumatic, in a way. That became my persona: Shutting down in that way meant I wasn’t going to be able to express myself because that would make me way too vulnerable.</p> <p>“The world had me at that point, and they were abusing it. They were abusing that right, and I wanted to take it back.”</p> <p>Higgins ignited media speculation even further when in a 2007 interview with lesbian publication <em>Cherrie, </em>she agreed with the interviewer who had asked if she was “not-so-straight”.</p> <p>A month later in that same year, the musician would come out as bisexual via her Myspace, ending a long media tirade for the star.</p> <p>Higgins began a relationship with comedian Dan Higgins in 2013 and the pair wed in 2016.</p> <p>Together, they share two children.</p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p> <p> </p>

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No more Justin Bieber: New rules for Marty Sheargold's return

<p>Marty Sheargold is back after quitting from his gig on<span> </span><em>Kate, Tim and Marty</em><span> </span>last year.</p> <p>Sheargold claimed he no longer found the show “challenging” and went on to become a full-time stand-up community along with setting up his own podcast.</p> <p>He said the podcast set up eventually “couldn’t work out how to make any money out of it.”</p> <p>The radio star returned to his radio star gig not too long after, this time with his own breakfast show on Triple M Melbourne.</p> <p>Four months in, Marty told <em>news.com.au</em>: “I’m really enjoying coming to work and that hasn’t always been the way, but it certainly is now,”</p> <p>“If you can’t get up and about for this kind of opportunity then you shouldn’t be looking for it in the first place.”</p> <p>Marty now hosts<span> </span><em>The Marty Sheargold Show</em><span> </span>by himself, but often has supporting co-hosts to provide banter and good entertainment for fans.</p> <p>“I love that idea of getting the whole team in the studio and that always takes time for people to find their own rhythm naturally, and I think that’s happening now which is great. And it’s great having young people around because you can vicariously live through their lives and still go to bed early,” Marty said.</p> <p>“We’re having genuine fun and I think that’s the most important thing in a team. Content will always look after itself but if you’ve got a great energy and attitude within the group then it’s just a joy to be a part of,” he added.</p> <p>Marty also admitted he loves his new audience at Triple M now.</p> <p>“I don’t have to talk about Justin Bieber anymore, which is good,” he revealed.</p> <p>He also made it clear he will never speak about reality programs on his show as its “lazy”.</p> <p>“When you look at the clock of these (breakfast radio) shows and you give someone from<span> </span><em>MAFS</em><span> </span>half an hour of your show, that’s because<span> </span><em>you</em><span> </span>don’t want to do half and hour of your show,” he said.</p> <p>“It’s awful radio and it should be outlawed. And as a listener you shouldn’t put up with it, you should find somebody that’s not doing that, because it’s patronising to treat the audience that way. Who could give a f**k about a bloke from<span> </span><em>MAFS</em>?”</p> <p>Marty revealed he has rejected a number of offers to appear on reality shows.</p> <p>“All of those reality ones I’ve said no to,” he told news.com.au.</p> <p>“They even wanted me to go and do the<span> </span><em>Dirty Dancing</em><span> </span>show in the US (Channel 7’s<span> </span><em>Real Dirty Dancing</em>). I’m like, ‘You don’t know me at all. Why would you ask me to do that?’ I was quite insulted.</p> <p>“I couldn’t think of anything worse and I made the right decision, it was an awful show.”</p> <p>Marty admitted he turned down a chance to feature on<span> </span><em>I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here</em>, saying: “It feels like end of career stuff, that stuff. It doesn’t feel like building a career.</p> <p>“You’re either starting or ending, it shouldn’t be in the middle of your career.”</p>

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"Put on the spot": Delta Goodrem interview divides fans

<div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Singer Delta Goodrem was put on the spot with an intense question from<span> </span><em>The Project</em><span> </span>panellist Kate Langbroek while Goodrem was trying to promote her latest album.</p> <p>She appeared on<span> </span><em>The Project<span> </span></em>via video link from Sydney and was discussing her latest album and book when Langbroek asked her about sexual assault in the music industry.</p> <p>“Earlier this week we ran a story on the sheer volume of women in the music industry who have experienced sexual assault or harassment, and the figure was as high as, I think, 96 per cent of women,” panellist Kate Langbroek said.</p> <p>“Did that figure shock you?”</p> <p>“Listen, nobody deserves to feel unsafe in the workplace and my heart completely breaks to hear that figure." Goodrem quickly responded.</p> <p>Langbroek wasn't happy with that answer and kept pressing.</p> <p>“But does it surprise you?” Langbroek pressed again.</p> <p>Goodrem appeared flustered and repeated the question back four times.</p> <p>“Does it surprise me? Ahh… does it surprise me?</p> <p>“Um listen, I only know…,” she began before trailing off again.</p> <p>“Does it surprise me? Does it surprise me?”</p> <p>“I am shocked by that number, it's completely surprising and my heart is.. you know, it really hurts my heart to hear that,” she said.</p> <p>“And I continue to support and be there for the community and my girls and it’s definitely very troubling.”</p> <p>Viewers weren't happy with Langbroek's questioning, saying it was "irresponsible".</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I feel like that was an irresponsible line of questioning just now on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheProjectTV?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheProjectTV</a>. Delta was clearly caught off guard and not prepared for the SA question. Bringing the issue to light is important but I don’t think that line of questioning achieved anything productive.</p> — Isobel (@isobel_saccaro) <a href="https://twitter.com/isobel_saccaro/status/1392777448719147008?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 13, 2021</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Delta seems a bit taken aback by that question and doesn’t want to ruffle feathers <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/theprojecttv?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#theprojecttv</a></p> — Lone Vlogger (@Nardeen_92) <a href="https://twitter.com/Nardeen_92/status/1392774402266210307?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 13, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Others thought Goodrem could've handled the question better and used it as a talking point about sexual assault in the music industry.</p> <p>"As much as I love Delta and am looking forward to all the things she's got coming out, her inability to answer the question about whether she's surprised was the answer in itself. You can't have been in the industry as long as she has and not know," one fan wrote.</p> <p>The segment was posted to<span> </span><em>The Project</em>'s Twitter account after the show aired, but was quickly removed.</p> </div>

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Human Nature members reveal how they got Covid

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Human Nature’s Andrew and Mike Tierney recently revealed they caught coronavirus earlier this year - with one to blame for the other’s infection.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The brothers appeared on 2Day FM’s breakfast show, </span><a href="https://www.hit.com.au/shows/the-morning-crew-with-hughesy-ed-and-erin"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Morning Crew with Hughesy, Ed and Erin</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, on Monday, May 10 to talk about their struggles with COVID-19.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Andrew told the show that he was the one that infected his entire family, as well as Mike, his wife, and their daughter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Andrew believes he was infected in early February when he was returning home to Las Vegas following his Australian tour.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’d been touring at Christmas here and then we went back home to Vegas and life has gone back to a version of normal over there,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We go and do things even though there’s COVID everywhere … and I’d gone back to the gym, and I swear I got it from the gym.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He explained his suspicions, “You know people doing their heavy breathing and squatting really and not wearing a mask.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Andrew said that though masks were still mandatory in gyms in Nevada, where Las Vegas is situated, a lot of people ignore the rule.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While he isn’t certain he contracted the virus there, he said he was worried about the gym as soon as he entered. “I just walked into the gym and I thought, ‘this is not clean in here’. But you do that every day with the gym …</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I went home and thought I had a cold but then I thought to myself, I don’t think you can really get a cold anymore, so then I was tested for COVID.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Between the gym visit and his COVID test, Andrew and Mike went on a weekend ski trip together. “We went away skiing for a weekend and our families were sort of all in one lodge together so Andrew spread it to everyone,” Mike said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Andrew’s wife and daughter were infected, as were Mike’s wife and daughter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though both Andrew and Mike’s kids experienced mild symptoms, the brothers differed in their reactions. “Luckily we’re all fine now, it only lasted about 10 days or so,” Mike said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mike has made a full recovery while Andrew is still on the mend and yet to recover his sense of smell.</span></p>

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Guy Sebastian reveals heartbreaking truth behind his Australian Idol audition

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Guy Sebastian has revealed his lack of self-confidence almost stopped him from chasing his Idol dreams back in 2003.</p> <p>He opened up about<span> </span><em>Australian Idol<span> </span></em>on the latest episode on<span> </span><em>Anh's Brush With Fame,<span> </span></em>explaining that he didn't think music would be a career option for him to host Anh Do.</p> <p>“I wasn’t sure music was an option for me,” he told Do.</p> <p>Sebastian recalled a particularly disheartening trip, where he was repeatedly told by music industry figures that they loved his voice but not his look.</p> <p>“I was a weird-looking chubby, half-Asian kid who didn’t have the pop star look. I got on the train with all these rejection letters, tail between my legs and thought, I can’t change how I look, but I can still be a musician,” he recalled.</p> <p>“I’ll just write songs for other beautiful-looking people; that was my mindset.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/COIOhCojTEG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/COIOhCojTEG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by guysebastian (@guysebastian)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Sebastian noticed an audition sign for the first season of<span> </span><em>Australian Idol</em>, but wasn't confident about his chances.</p> <p>“I thought, ‘As if I’m going to win a TV show, let alone get a record deal’. I’m going to go on TV with all these beautiful pop star-looking people? I’ll never win.”</p> <p>Luckily, Sebastian nailed the audition that left judge Marcia Hines visibly moved. Judge Ian "Dicko" Dickson wasn't impressed and said that Sebastian looked "crap, so we're going to have to work on that".</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/COKzwCUDCWf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/COKzwCUDCWf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by guysebastian (@guysebastian)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Dickson's comments are still in Sebastian's mind 18 years later as he remembers that moment vividly.</p> <p>“That insecurity that was starting to dissipate came back. I thought, ‘Maybe I do look like crap, I’m not cut out for this.’”</p> <p>However, he kept pushing on and has carved out a career in the Australian music scene.</p> <p>“I knew I was lucky, so I knew that would be frustrating for a lot of people who have really slogged it out trying to get into the scene. I’ve been given this opportunity through<span> </span><em>Idol<span> </span></em>— people voted for me. Kids went into debt voting for me! I’m forever in debt,” he said.</p> <p>“That’s why I keep going, because I was gifted this amazing opportunity. It’s a weird way to enter the industry, but it’s given me a fire that’ll never die out, because people believed in me.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Fan favourite takes out Dancing With The Stars again

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Luke Jacobz has claimed his second Dancing With The Stars mirror ball trophy after winning the show’s all-star celebrity season.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Going up against former soap star Bec Hewitt, Jacobz and professional dance partner Jorja Freeman won the grand final.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/COEW5cHhMaV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/COEW5cHhMaV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Luke Jacobz (@lukejacobz)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Earlier in the episode Kyly Clarke, Lincoln Lewis, Ada Nicodemou, and Manu Feildel were kicked off.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“To win is honestly the greatest achievement of my life,” Jacobz told AAA.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I have never wanted something so much in my life.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The now 40-year-old dedicated his win and the $20,000 cash prize to the Charlie Teo Foundation, a charity that funds brain cancer research.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">He came... and he conquered the Ballroom once again! A big congratulations to Luke Jacobz and his incredible partner Jorja. 🙌✨ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DancingAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DancingAU</a> <a href="https://t.co/UYc0sK6qp3">pic.twitter.com/UYc0sK6qp3</a></p> — #DancingAU (@DancingAU) <a href="https://twitter.com/DancingAU/status/1386269226093084672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 25, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Home and Away actor, whose real name is Luke Jacob Ashwood, won his first trophy in 2008 with his partner Luda Kroiter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This year’s season saw celebrity contestants return to the competition, including Tom Williams, Fifi Box, Jamie Durie, and wildcard contestants Schapelle Corby, Renee Bargh, Matty J, Jessicca Gomes, and Erin McNaught.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After the announcement of his win, Jacobz said, “Thank you for asking me to come back, when I did this show in 2008, I was always like if they do another one and ask people back, I want to have a go at it, because I really enjoyed it last time.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m so grateful to be partnered with Jorja, she works so incredibly hard, her passion and love for dancing is so inspiring.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CN7ZiGGBCEU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CN7ZiGGBCEU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Luke Jacobz (@lukejacobz)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With his win, Jacobz is hoping more opportunities will come up to follow his passion for performing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I really hope that winning can open doors for me to perform on a live stage,” he said. “To tour with other dancers or to be part of a production would be a dream come true. Next is unwritten … but I am hungry for more so, if the opportunity arises, I will be there to take it but I am a duo so Jorja is coming with me.”</span></p>

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“Sworn to secrecy”: Aussie dad finally able to crow about daughter’s royal moment

<p>As one of the four-person choir that sang at Prince Philip’s scaled-back funeral, Miriam Allan also stood out as the only woman. Back in his Newcastle home, her father watched on proudly.</p> <p dir="ltr">Chris Allan said he has known his daughter was incredibly talented since she was a “musically precocious” six-year old.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Allan performed Jubilate Deo, Benjamin Britten’s sacred choral composition, alongside the choir at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor on Saturday. But, this wasn’t the first time she’s sung the song, having performed it since she was a child growing up in New South Wales.</p> <p dir="ltr">Before her latest performance and the establishment of her international renown as a soprano, her father said she would perform it at Newcastle’s Christ Church Cathedral.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The Britten that they sang during the service, she’s been singing since she was a little kid,” Mr Allan said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Having since moved to England in 2003, Mr Allan said his daughter would use him as a “sounding board”. He watched as her career blossomed, taking her on tours around the world with leading orchestras and choirs.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9SLiFKgtQy/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9SLiFKgtQy/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Miriam Allan (@miriamsoprano)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Reminiscing on fond memories of accompanying his daughter on piano, as a composer, and singing together, he said, “I played for her and gave her music to sing and so forth when she was younger.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“There were many times when we sang or played together - I would play the piano and accompany her.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The pair have performed on some of the same programs since she was a teenager. Their most recent performance in August 2019 was for the Newcastle Music Festival - held in the cathedral where her musical career started.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Allan is married to Richard Bannan, a lay clerk, one of the 12 choral singers employed to sing at St. George’s Chapel. She also teaches singing in Oxfordshire and is a singing coach at a preparatory school in Westminster.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Allan said he was thrilled to watch his daughter perform at the sombre yet moving service for Prince Philip.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNz6evNA1Wb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNz6evNA1Wb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Miriam Allan (@miriamsoprano)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">But, this isn’t the first time she’s performed for the Duke either. Mr Allan said, “She used to sing years ago in the Royal Guards Chapel and Prince Philip would often come to that, so she had sung for him a number of times.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“It was quite a lovely experience to be able to sing [for him] again.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Until a phone call on Friday afternoon, Mr Allan had no idea that his daughter would be performing for Queen Elizabeth and the 30 other royal family members in attendance and had expected her husband would be the one singing.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She said, ‘Someone in the family is going to sing and it’s not Rich’,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We were sworn to secrecy at the time because it was all embargoed.”</p> <p dir="ltr">He was surprised and thrilled, and said “it was a great opportunity for her.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Allan, along with his wife, Gerogei Laney, watched the performance from their Newcastle home.</p> <p dir="ltr">Commenting on her composure, he said, “To have that ability and to be able to keep your composure under that stressful condition when you know lots of people are watching is pretty good.”</p>

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Tina Turner posts rare new snap

<p>Legendary singer Tina Turner has shared a rare new image with fans as she prepares to enter a new chapter in her life completely out of the spotlight.</p> <p>Turner already largely retreated from public life over the last decade but broke her social media silence to promote her new documentary film<span> </span><em>Tina</em>.</p> <p>The photo is one of the first times fans have seen a recent photo of Turner as she's been plagued by ill-health including a stroke, cancer and kidney transplant in more than a year.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CMuvSiColPF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CMuvSiColPF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Tina Turner (@tinaturner)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Only 5 days left! This Saturday, the documentary "TINA" will be released. I am so excited to share this movie with you – seeing the concert scenes made me relive some of the proudest moments of my life. I simply had to sing along and dance around my living room!" she wrote under the sweet snap.</p> <p><em>Tina</em>, a HBO feature-length documentary was filmed in 2019 and shows Turner revisiting her early years where she struggled with domestic abuse before her dream career materialised just a few years later.</p> <p>“It wasn’t a good life. The good did not balance the bad," Turner reflects in the documentary.</p> <p>“I had an abusive life, there’s no other way to tell the story. It’s a reality. It’s a truth. That’s what you’ve got, so you have to accept it.”</p> <p>The film is also a final farewell to fans, as she wants her final phase of life to be private.</p>

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Delta Goodrem’s surprising admission

<p>Delta Goodrem has a confession make - she was 27 when she had her first alcoholic drink.</p> <p>“I’d worked from such a young age that it wasn’t until my late twenties that I finally started to have my teenage years,” Goodrem told News Corp Australia yesterday.</p> <p>“I had so much going on in my teens there wasn’t really the space to have a few drinks and have my friends look after me. But in my late twenties I had that period of self-discovery, things had started to get a bit much for me around that time. The lyrics mention how I was trying to numb the pain around me. It was an interesting chapter in my life.”</p> <p>Goodrem made the revelation in her first book, Bridge Over Troubled Dreams, the companion piece to her new album of the same name.</p> <p>Both will be released on May 14.</p> <p>“One day I’d like to write an autobiography, but right now I’m happy to share my stories through music. This book is about the making of the album, the stories behind each song and what I learned while I was making. And there’s definitely parts of my life I haven’t spoken about before in this book.”</p> <p>As well as a hardcover book, Goodrem has also recorded an audiobook with special acoustic versions of songs from her sixth album.</p> <p>Her admission about not drinking until she was 27 is the opening line of her new single<span> </span><em>Billionaire</em>, released today.</p> <p>The album includes a song, Crash, where she talks about being born two months premature, while Dear Elton is a love letter to the musician who helped her fall back in love with the piano.</p> <p>“Every record I have a different goal, this one was about being at my instrument, being the barefoot singer songwriter, going back to what is real and raw and honest, not trying to chase anything just being present in the music.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Lyrics to Billionaire</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>I didn't drink till I was 27</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>That day I went to numb the pain inside me</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The emptiness was showing</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The hate around me growing</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>I thought I had to bury my self-worth</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The Boulevard of Broken Dreams was building</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The whiskey kept on turning into wine</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Some people started asking</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Oh where was all this going?</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Then tried to pull the wool over my eyes</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>I've always been a lady</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>And that always saved me</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>I had to see the other side</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>My mama said, 'Go marry rich, girl'</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>It'll take your problems all away</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>But I lead life with my heart</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>And the world's not always fair</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>I'm gonna make myself that billionaire</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>I've never been impressed with money or power</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Cause I thought I'd be the one to rule the world</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>So many men would tell me</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>It would be the gifts they gave me</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>But that just don't make them my Mr. Right</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>My name is Delta lady</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>You can't try to change me</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>I'll give you many reasons why</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>My mama said, 'Go marry rich, girl'</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>It'll take your problems all away</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>But I lead life with my heart</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>And the world's not always fair</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>I'm gonna make myself that billionaire</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>He said, 'Baby hold my hand'</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>I'm not your baby, understand</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>I'm gonna need a grown-ass man</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Who takes me for who I am</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>My mama said, 'Go marry rich, girl'</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>It'll take your problems all away</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>But I lead life with my heart</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Though the world's not always fair</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>I'm gonna make myself that billionaire</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Shake that wannabe</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>You're only gonna end up lonely</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>He's no good you see</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The real ones love unconditionally</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>You got to shake that wannabe</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>You're only gonna end up lonely</em></p>

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Jamie Durie's big news will set toes tapping across the country

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Jamie Durie is set to perform on Seven's new<span> </span><em>Dancing With the Stars: All Stars,<span> </span></em>much to the delight of fans.</p> <p>The veteran host, 50, will return to the stage after initially being on the show back in 2007.</p> <p>He came in seventh on the show but won't let that stop him from dancing again.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CMa8bHPhC6y/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CMa8bHPhC6y/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by DancingAU (@dancingau)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"I'm thrilled to be returning to<span> </span><em>DWTS</em><span> </span>for this year's All Stars season," he tells<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/reality-tv/dancing-with-the-stars/dancing-with-the-stars-jamie-durie-67042" target="_blank"><em>Woman's Day</em>.</a></p> <p>"It's been almost 14 years since I was last on the show, so I'm looking forward to dusting off my dancing shoes.</p> <p>"From the cast I've seen coming back again so far, I'm sure it's going to be a tough competition," he adds.</p> <p>Durie will be dancing alongside Fifi Box, Bec Hewitt, Tom Williams and wild card Schapelle Corby.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Dolly Parton changes words to legendary song for very special reason

<p><span>Dolly Parton has changed her famous tune Jolene for a very special reason.</span><br /><br /><span>The legendary singer has written hundreds of songs throughout her decades-long career and she has just changed the lyrics of Jolene to encourage fans to get their COVID-19 vaccine.</span><br /><br /><span>“I even changed one of my songs to fit the occasion,” the actor, singer and humanitarian sang in a social media post on Tuesday.</span><br /><br /><span>Just moments before receiving her shot, she could be heard saying: “It goes, ‘Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you please don’t hesitate’.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CL7me6sDRyA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CL7me6sDRyA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Dolly Parton (@dollyparton)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>In 2020, Parton donated $US1 million ($AUD 1.28 million) to Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville, Tennessee, for coronavirus research.</span><br /><br /><span>Parton told The Associated Press that she wanted to wait until the vaccine became more widely available as she didn’t want to look like she was jumping the line.</span><br /><br /><span>“That didn’t hurt. Just stung a little bit,” she said after checking with the doctor if her hair looked good.</span><br /><br /><span>She then smiled at the camera saying, “I did it! I did it!”</span><br /><br /><span>The Grammy-winning legend turned 75 this year.</span></p>

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Tony Bennett reveals fight against Alzheimer’s disease

<p><span>Tony Bennett has revealed he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, but refuses to give up the fight.</span><br /><br /><span>"Life is a gift — even with Alzheimer's. Thank you to [his wife] Susan and my family for their support, and AARP the Magazine for telling my story," he wrote on social media.</span><br /><br /><span>The 94-year-old was diagnosed with the disease in 2016, but has proven even the lingering disease did not stop him as he released his chart-topping duets album with Lady Gaga, <em>Cheek to Cheek i</em></span><span>n 2015.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Life is a gift - even with Alzheimer’s. Thank you to Susan and my family for their support, and <a href="https://twitter.com/AARP?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AARP</a> The Magazine for telling my story.<br /><br />Read more here:<a href="https://t.co/R05A4jc5BF">https://t.co/R05A4jc5BF</a>⁰<br /><br />📸 Kelsey Bennett <a href="https://t.co/ApxBCpGv0y">pic.twitter.com/ApxBCpGv0y</a></p> — Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett) <a href="https://twitter.com/itstonybennett/status/1356232201810157568?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 1, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>The star’s son, Danny Bennett, released a heartfelt statement: "Managing my father for the last 40 years has been a privilege and an amazing journey. He never ceases to inspire me with his passion and dedication to all that life has to offer. The last four years has been no exception.</span><br /><br /><span>“He continues to sing and stay fit on a daily basis. I speak for the whole family in thanking his wonderful wife Susan for all the support and love she has given to him. Our wish is that by openly sharing his challenges with Alzheimer's That we will give hope to all that face this condition and will help end the stigma surrounding this disease.</span><br /><br /><span>“Above all else, we want to be able to help raise awareness, advocate for advancing new therapies and one day soon, finding a cure."</span><br /><br /><span>Alzheimer's can result in progressive memory loss that deprives its sufferers of speech, understanding, treasured memories or recognition of loved ones.</span><br /><br /><span>While it is understood Bennett has not developed many of the worst characteristics of the disease which can include episodes of rage or depression, he does have a tendency to forget where he is.</span><br /><br /><span>"One of the cruellest aspects of dementia is the stigma that surrounds it," Sarah Lock, AARP senior vice president for brain health, said.</span></p> <p><span>"Feelings of hopelessness can cause people to resist getting diagnosed or refuse treatment. Although there's currently no cure for Alzheimer's disease, there's a lot that people can do to delay symptoms and improve quality of life."</span></p>

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Shocked woman spots iconic music legend in her holiday snap

<p>After returning home from her holiday, one woman has discovered an "incredible" guest star featured in one of her photos.</p> <p>TikTok user Mae Archie shared an image from a photo she took in New York after visiting an exhibition about The Beatles.</p> <p>The photo shows Archie casually crossing the street on a zebra crossing - similar to the one on The Beatles "Abbey Road" album cover - while a passerby walks towards the opposite direction.</p> <p>Archie realised later that the man walking alongside her wasn't a stranger after all, instead it was The Beatles band member Sir Paul McCartney.</p> <p>Archie's video, documenting the trip has be watched over 50,000 times.</p> <p>In her video caption she wrote: "Taking pictures in NYC and realising when I got home, THE Paul McCartney photobombed me."</p> <p>Archie explained in the comments of her post: "Story time: So I just left the MET to see the 'Play it Loud' exhibit and was legit looking at the Beatles set and everything because I love music.</p> <p>"And I wanted to take a cute photo so I took it on the cross walk but I was facing my mum so I never actually saw Paul until I turned around."</p> <p>Archie says she "made eye contact" with McCartney and "stood there for a few seconds" during the star-struck moment.</p> <p>"He could tell I was trying to figure out why he looked so familiar," she adds.</p> <p>As soon as she realised, the musician simply winked at Archie and walked away.</p> <p>"He knew I knew," she said.</p> <p><img style="width: 454.3446244477173px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839656/screen-shot-2021-01-27-at-31958-pm.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/aa7ae3dfe398414cbbbdae8881fd64da" /></p> <p>Perhaps McCartney was saying "goodbye" when Archie was saying "hello".</p> <p>Archie ended her story, saying the "moral of the story" was that she "was dumbstruck and Sir Paul spawns at sidewalks."</p> <p>Viewers were gob-smacked by the celebrity encounter, with many marveling at the poetic justice of the moment.</p> <p>"Out of all the spots to photobomb, just like the Abbey Road cover," wrote one user.</p> <p>Another said: "It would be the most incredible story. I would tell it to everyone I know."</p> <p>While a third exclaimed: "The Paul McCartney and you just walked right by him?"</p>

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