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Solange Knowles, Missy Elliott support Michelle Williams after she sought help for mental health

Since Michelle Williams revealed she sought treatment for mental health, she’s received an outpouring of support from family and friends.

On Tuesday, the Destiny’s Child alum, 37, opened up about her mental health journey in a statement on Instagram.

“For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognize when it’s time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for your wellbeing,” she wrote. “I recently listened to the same advice I have given to thousands around the world and sought help from a great team of healthcare professionals.”

Williams added: “Today I proudly, happily and healthily stand here as someone who will continue to always lead by example as I tirelessly advocate for the betterment of those in need.”

» Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams checks in to mental health facility, reports say

Following the R&B star’s announcement, a slew of famous friends took to her Instagram comments to share the love.

“Michelle My Belle , I ‘m soo proud of you ! You have given unselfishly of your time and support to so many and i know that you will be the best example of self care which we all need . Keep being a warrior and an advocate for you . I love and support you with all my being,” Tina Knowles Lawson — the mother of Williams’ longtime friend and bandmate Beyoncé — wrote. “Sending you much love and encouragement … yes to your strength and bravery.”

Solange Knowles also sent an encouraging note, writing: “Love u so Michelle ! Really proud of you. Sending u all the love in the world.”

Collaborator Missy Elliott shared kind words on social media, as well. “Sending up Prayers for u,” she wrote on Instagram. “You know we serve a Mighty God & just know that you are covered and your test will be a testimony … I’m inspired by your courage..May God give u a peace of mind/ Strength/& Happiness … we love u sis.”

Then, on Twitter, Elliot added: “I want to lift our sis up in prayer because there are so many people battling this & many trying to deal with it alone … Please No jokes this is REAL & as human beings let’s keep the ones who are openly dealing with it uplifted & be encouraging to them! Love u @RealMichelleW.”

Other celebrities to support Williams on Instagram included Empire star Jussie Smollett and Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer.

“I love you. Always have and always will. Honesty saves lives. Believe that. Keep soaring Queen,” Smollett wrote.

Spencer added: “Sending prayers of strength your way.”

Williams’ revelation about her latest battle with mental health comes just months after her boyfriend, pastor and pro sports chaplain Chad Johnsonproposed in March.

» Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams engaged to pastor Chad Johnson

Shortly after the singer shared her announcement online, Johnson, 40, shared some sweet words of support for his fiancée.

“I’m so proud of your courage and commitment in this!!” he wrote on Instagram. “WE are in it together and on an AMAZING journey of watching THE master artist paint a priceless work of art!”

Williams first spoke about her battle with depression in a 2013 AP interview, telling the outlet she’d struggled on and off since she was 13; then, last year, she revealed she’s had suicidal thoughts.

“I’m in one of the top-selling female groups of all time, suffering with depression,” she said on The Talk. “When I disclosed it to our manager (Mathew Knowles)] at the time, bless his heart, he was like, ‘You all just signed a multi-million dollar deal. You’re about to go on tour. What do you have to be depressed about?’”

“So I was like, ‘Oh, maybe I’m just tired,’” Williams added, noting her depression worsened “to the point where I was suicidal … and wanted out.”

Cardi B and Offset cozy up as they take baby Kulture for doctor visit

Cardi B and Offset are getting the hang of their new roles.

A week after welcoming Kulture Kiari Cephus — Cardi B’s first child and Offset’s fourth — on July 10, the rapper posted a sweet Instagram photo of the new parents on mom and dad duty.

In the photo, Cardi cozied up to her husband. She wrote, “Doctors visit with mom & Dad.”

Cardi B, 25, has already been letting fans in on her motherhood journey alongside Offset, 26. Last week, she admitted on Instagram, “It’s been a little hard for me to reply back cause this mommy job requires full day, all day, all night attention.”

    

She also quipped on Twitter, “When parents say ‘if you wake the baby up YOU PUTTING HER BACK TO SLEEP!’ I feel that” and added, “I still can’t believe it, all mines.”

Baby Kulture has already left her mark with a unique name — part of which she shares with her father. The infant’s middle name comes from Offset’s legal first name, Kiari Kendrell Cephus. Her first name may also be inspired by her father’s albums: In 2017 and 2018, Migos released “Culture” and “Culture II.”

Cardi B addressed the couple’s moniker choice on Instagram, writing simply, “Anything else woulda been basic.”

Months before they became parents together, Cardi B and Offset embarked on a different journey: to the altar. In September, the artists secretly wed, though Offset, publicly proposed a month later.

The “Invasion of Privacy” performer first revealed that she was expecting a baby on “Saturday Night Live” in April.

Cardi B was also feeling the love on Monday from actor Will Smith, who made a special congratulatory video for the new mom while abroad in Russia. In the clip, Smith recruited World Cup fans to share their well wishes for the new family of three.

Posting the clip on her own Instagram, Cardi B wrote: “This video made me smile from ear to ear.

“OMMMMGGGGG THIS IS WILL FREAKING SMITH!!!!!! @willsmith,” she continued. “Thank you so much!! Me and my family appreciate it !!Thank you everyone in Russia !!!!! Ommgggi feel so special.”

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Dolly Parton gushes over Whitney Houston during interview

The moment Dolly Parton felt she had “arrived as a writer” was the moment she heard Whitney Houston‘s version of “I Will Always Love You” over the car radio. The country legend called up the memory in a sit-down with fellow Southern belle Reese Witherspoon for the new “Shine On With Reese” interview series, and Entertainment Weekly has the first exclusive clip of that conversation.

“She took (the song) to so many levels,” Parton said. “To think that my little song — my little heartfelt, heartbreaking song — could be that big, I felt that I had arrived as a writer.”

Parton wrote and recorded the original “I Will Always Love You” in 1973, and the song was then released as part of her “Jolene” album a year later. The song was written as a farewell to Porter Wagoner, Parton’s partner for the previous seven years whom she was leaving to pursue a solo career.

» Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library just donated 100-millionth book

» Dolly Parton turns 72, earns honors from Emmys, Guinness World Records

As Parton explained to Witherspoon, Kevin Costner reached out to the singer-songwriter to see if “I Will Always Love You” could be used in his 1992 film “The Bodyguard,” which starred Houston as a pop singer protected by a former Secret Service member (Costner).

“I sent it out, totally forgot about it,” Parton said, “and then I was driving home and all of a sudden I hear this sound on the radio.” She remembers thinking her “heart was gonna bust” the moment Houston’s a cappella opening came on. “I had to pull over lest I should wreck,” Parton added. “It was the most overwhelming feeling I’ve ever had.”

» Whitney Houston's mom expresses 'shock' over allegations singer was molested

» Documentary: Whitney Houston was sexually abused by cousin Dee Dee Warwick

» First trailer for estate-approved Whitney Houston documentary released

Witherspoon will interview other “extraordinary women,” like her “A Wrinkle in Time” director Ava DuVernay, Pink, America Ferrera and Kacey Musgraves for “Shine On With Reese.” The series, a joint effort between her media brand Hello Sunshine and AT&T, will explore “what inspires, motivates and gives joy to each of these trailblazers” and hears “their perspectives on ambition, work, family and hopes for the future.”

World Cup final delayed by protesters; Russian punk band claims responsibility

Sunday’s World Cup final between France and Croatia was disrupted briefly Sunday when four people dressed in old-fashioned police uniforms ran onto the pitch, The Independent reported.

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The Russian activist punk band Pussy Riot claimed responsibility for the suspension of play at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which occurred during the 52nd minute of Sunday’s match.

“News Flash! Just a few minutes ago four Pussy Riot members performed in the FIFA World Cup final match — ‘Policeman enters the Game,’” the band posted on its Twitter feed.

>> France cruises past Croatia in World Cup final

France was leading 2-1 when three women and a man charged onto the pitch, The Associated Press reported. The protesters were wrestled to the ground by police. Croatia defender Dejan Lovren pushed the male protester, which allowed police to subdue him, the AP reported.

The protesters were dressed in black pants and white shirts. They entered the pitch from behind the net guarded by French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, The Independent reported. One of the women reached the center of the pitch and high-fived French forward Kylian Mbappe.

On Twitter, the group released a statement urging the Russian government to release political prisoners and to end “illegal arrests” of protesters.

>> Photos: 2018 World Cup final -- France vs. Croatia

Russian President Vladimir Putin was watching Sunday’s match at the stadium, along with French President Emmanuel Macron and FIFA President Gianni Infantino, according to the AP.

2018 Emmys: John Legend one step closer to EGOT

John Legend is one step closer to achieving an EGOT -- an elite club of performers who have won all four of the entertainment industry’s major awards -- Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

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Legend scored his first Emmy nomination Thursday morning, for his role in NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.”

He will compete against Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”), Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”), Jeff Daniels (“The Looming Tower”) and Jesse Plemons (“Black Mirror”) in the category.

Whoopi Goldberg, Rita Moreno, and Mel Brooks are among those who have achieved an EGOT.

>>Related: 2018 Emmys: Sandra Oh is the first Asian woman nominated for lead actress in drama category 

Legend began his road to EGOT when he won three Grammy Awards in 2006.

He has won 10 to date.

>>Related: 2018 Emmys nominations: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘The Handmaids Tale’ lead nods

Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen shared her excitement for her husband -- and dismay over the couple’s lack of space shelf for their awards.

“If he wins, he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved,” Teigen tweeted. “But it's ok I AM SO PROUD!”

Glass Animals cancels shows after life-threatening crash in Dublin

British alt-rock band Glass Animals is canceling its sold-out concert at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa on July 24 along with several other appearances after the band announced that drummer Joe Seaward was hit by a truck while biking in Dublin, Ireland.

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“His leg was broken on impact and he became tangled in the truck’s trailer where his skull suffered a complex fracture,” the band wrote in a statement posted to Instagram Thursday. “Thankfully, he is alive. After a couple long operations he is now on the road to recovery. It's going to be a long, difficult, and winding road, but knowing how determined Joe is, and seeing how much his body has recovered already in the past 10 days, I am so optimistic that he will make it back to his cheeky old self.”

Glass Animals has several upcoming U.S. concert dates in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Colorado.

A spokesman for AEG Live told the Tampa Times that ticket holders will be refunded if their show has been canceled. 

Tom Petty new single ‘Keep a Little Soul’ released ahead of highly anticipated box set

Tom Petty’s first posthumous single has arrived.

“Keep A Little Soul,” a previously unreleased recording from 1982, marks the first release of Petty’s music since the artist’s death in October 2017 at age 66.

>>Related: Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, family says 

The single will be part of “An American Treasure,” a highly anticipated box set containing dozens of Petty’s unreleased recordings, deep tracks, alternate versions of classic songs and live performances.

>> Read more trending news 

“An American Treasure will be released Sept. 28.

>>Related: Photos: Tom Petty through the years

According to the artist’s website, Tom Petty’s daughter, Adria Petty, and wife, Dana Petty, are leading the project, along with Petty’s bandmates of 45 years -- Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, along with studio collaborator Ryan Ulyate.

‘Damn Yankees’ star Tab Hunter dead at 86

Tab Hunter, the 1950s movie heartthrob who starred in “Damn Yankees” and “Battle Cry” and later became an icon in the gay community, died Sunday night, three days shy of his 87th birthday, Variety reported.

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The news was announced on a Facebook page associated with the actor.

Hunter died Sunday night in Santa Barbara from a blood clot that caused a heart attack, Allan Glaser, his partner for more than three decades, told The Hollywood Reporter.

In addition to his acting career, Hunter had success in music with “Young Love,” which was named the No. 4 song of 1957 by Billboard. But rumors that he was gay dogged his career in an era where open homosexuality could end careers.

In 2005, Hunter confirmed the rumors about his homosexuality in his autobiography, “Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star.”

In a 2015 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hunter said he wrote the book because he “didn’t want someone putting a spin” on his life.

"I thought, 'Look, get it from the horse's mouth and not from some horse's ass after I'm dead and gone,'" he said.

Hunter wrote how studios attempted to mask his sexuality by linking him with co-stars and friends like Debbie Reynolds and Natalie Wood, Variety reported. The book spawned a 2015 documentary by Jeffrey Schwarz, which was also called “Tab Hunter Confidential.”

In “Damn Yankees,” Hunter played Joe Hardy, a middle-aged Washington Senators fan who sells his soul to the devil in order to become a young baseball star and prevent the New York Yankees from winning another pennant. The film was an adaptation of the Broadway hit, a musical version of Douglass Wallop’s best-selling novel, “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant.”

Later in his career, Hunter starred in two films with drag queen Divine. He played Todd Tomorrow, a drive-in owner, in the 1981 comedy, “Polyester.” The film introduced movie-goers to scratch-and-sniff cards, including “Model Building Glue,” “Smelly Shoes” and Flatulence,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. He also appeared with Divine in the 1985 film, “Lust in the Dust.”

Hunter did summer stock and dinner theater during the 1960s, Variety reported. He also appeared in films during the 1970s and 1980s, including “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean” in 1972 and “Grease 2” in 1982.

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