Disney princesses: Dark side of celebrity stars Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato

YOUNG, perfect and talented girls are fascinating — thanks to Disney’s winning formula.

But the dissonance between growing up as a Disney princess and adjusting to a happy adult life is stark. It’s a path riddled with discordance and unhappiness, as Disney leaves its young women broken, anxious and addicted.

The first crop of mouseketeers from the mid-90s proved a monumental and evergreen success.

Disney is a star making machine with a powerful track record of creating TV shows and singing careers around young starlets. It’s a machine that has, for decades, proven effective in generating millions and millions of dollars.

But the pressure within the machine is great. The downfall of these starlets is a tale that rinses and repeats like a drug addict’s memoir. Falls from grace take multifarious forms, from awkward nude photo shoots to altercations with the press, battles with drugs and DUIs, to scandalous tell alls and alarming overdoses.

Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake – I’ll take you there

media_cameraBack when they were Mouseketeers.

The Disney machine

How is a Disney princess made? Wearing the mouse ears is a tough job that begins at a young age. Eager and talented child actors are corralled into TV show roles and coached in acting, singing, dancing, as well as in other strange and detailed levels of personal and professional comportment.

In the ensuing decades since the mid-90s iteration of the Mickey Mouse Club, Disney has refined its formula — it’s not just about talented child actors who are also singers — it’s about parents who are willing to be co-creators in star-making.

Last year Miley Cyrus reflected on the experience of being a Disney starlet with some bitterness.

“I liked being in the Disney universe ’cause I didn’t know anything else,” she said.

“I think now that I’m older, now I realise that’s a lot to put on a kid.”

Outside of their acting duties on Disney’s shows, these child stars are trained in various ways that intermingle their personal and professional lives: what to eat; how to appear innocent during interviews to avoid difficult questions; how to run a social media account. Their friendships with one another are controlled and concealed from the public. If they write music, Disney controls whether it is released or not. Disney controls the lyrics; Disney decides whether or not it is beneficial for Disney.

Much of this was revealed in Joe Jonas’ tell all, which he penned for Vulture in 2013. Along with talking about secretly dating his co-stars, using drugs and being forced to lie about his chastity, he reflected on constantly feeling used and abused by the Disney machine.

“Being a part of the Disney thing for so long will make you not want to be this perfect little puppet forever.”

Hannah Montana opening

media_cameraFrom this: Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus
media_cameraTo this: Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke perform onstage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

Starting out: suicidal at age seven on Barney and Friends

Demi Lovato has spoken candidly about experiencing suicidal ideation from the age of seven, as she starred alongside Selena Gomez in Barney and Friends. From childhood to her teen years, her problems escalated in the archetypal modes of young women with severe issues.

She suffered from bulimia that escalated into severe anorexia. She drank. She did cocaine. She engaged in cutting, leaving severe scarring on her wrists that is often zoomed in on in paparazzi photos.

In 2010 Lovato left the Jonas Brothers’ tour after punching a backup dancer in the face and leaving her with a black eye. “Demi has decided to take personal responsibility for her actions and seek help”, read a statement at the time.

As Lovato ages, her problems have become more severe and life threatening. Her most recent hospitalisation was for overdosing on a cocktail of oxycodone (sometimes referred to by the street name, Hillbilly Heroin) and fentanyl, the same drug which killed Prince and rapper Lil Peep.

media_cameraDemi Lovato in a scene from the Disney film, “Camp Rock”.
media_cameraNow: Demi Lovato in a bathroom selfie

Lovato — who is a movie star, a pop star and a Disney princess — “freebased” the cocktail of drugs. This is a method of delivery where the user crushes pills and powders and smokes them off a metallic instrument like a spoon or alfoil, or through a crack pipe.

Lovato’s Barney co-star Selena Gomez has experienced her own personal traumas, suffering from an acute breakdown following her split from Justin Bieber (another child star) in 2014.

A year after her first visit to rehab in 2015, Gomez told Instyle that she was dealing with emotional scars from her life on Disney, which saddled her with constant personal anxiety.

“I think it is really dysfunctional to be in this industry at a young age where you’re figuring out who you are”, she explained. “I don’t recommend it.”

“My livelihood can’t depend on ‘am I liked?’”, she continued. “When I was on Disney, it was like, ‘Oh, they didn’t like it?’ It hurts your feelings.”

Gomez said part of her therapy included spending time with horses. She was back in a different rehab facility at the beginning of 2018.

Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez – Barney & Friends

Growing up is hard to do: breakups and breakdowns

In 2002, after a very public breakup with fellow Mickey Mouse Club member Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears struck out on her own in various strange and sexy ways. She open mouth kissed Madonna at the VMAs, in lingerie. She then married her childhood friend and had the marriage annulled just two days later. Her life and behaviour in this period is well chronicled, but by 2007, with a second divorce under her belt, things were not looking good for Spears.

She checked into rehab but checked out a day later, hitting the streets of Tarzana, California where she entered a hair salon and shaved her head. A couple of days later she attacked a photographer’s car with an umbrella. Spears’ former manager told a court via his lawyer that, “Britney Spears was addicted to speed, methamphetamine was her drug of choice.”

Her breakdown was grotesquely public and is strangely referred back to in popular culture with memes with confused inspirational messages, “If Britney survived 2007, you can handle today”, reads one popular image, which features Spears baring her teeth like a desperate, caged animal.

Elevens years after the event, Britney remains under her father’s conservatorship. He controls her finances and day-to-day life.

media_cameraThat kiss: Madonna and Britney at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2002.

Living two lives: Disney stars cultivate escapist habits as twin personalities develop

Miley Cyrus used her 2013 Rolling Stone feature to go into details about her not-so-casual use of drugs. “I think weed is the best drug on earth”, she said, going on to explicate the experience. “One time I smoked a joint with peyote in it, and I saw a wolf howling at the moon.”

Drugs are no joke in Hollywood, and young starlets often forget that their habits are illegal, that they have hordes of teenage fans. Cyrus continued the interview in more detail about her specific predilections. “Hollywood is a coke town, but weed is so much better. And molly [MDMA], too. Those are happy drugs — social drugs.” You get that? Happy drugs. Okay.

A love of escapism makes sense when the pressure is high. Disney starlets are coached from a young age to make decisions based on the brand and the show. Cyrus realised her own dreams were being crushed at the mercy of Disney’s financial desires.

Speaking to Cosmopolitan in 2013, she laboured about the burden she carried trying to eke out her own career while working for Disney, “I’ve never gotten to make a record like [Bangerz] because Disney’s always been on my back [about Hannah Montana] … I was basically carrying two people’s careers and trying to make mine the priority.”

Demi Lovato’s manager Phil McIntyre has spoken candidly about her ability to manipulate and lie in the service of her addictions, saying she did multiple interviews and on air performances while high. She was promoting her sobriety while under the influence. “I was like, you’re so full of it”, he says of this period.

“I could connect the dots and see there was an immense amount of pressure. She was living two lives. Here she was, squeaky clean on the Disney Channel, all types of moral clauses, and just intense [scrutiny] around behaviour. Once the camera stops rolling, she’s living another life, and she couldn’t really be herself.”

media_cameraFrom this: A child Britney Spears.
media_cameraTo this: Britney soon changed her image, in this cover for Me Against The Music

Hard drugs: Once you pop you can’t stop

Lovato spoke most candidly about the rampancy of her addiction in her own documentary, Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated. Like a lot of addicts, her behaviour became criminal and her whole life seemed centred around drugs.

“I was sneaking cocaine on planes, I was sneaking it in bathrooms, sneaking it throughout the night. I went on a bender of like, two months, where I was using daily, I was using while I had a sober companion, and I went through about 20 different sober companions. I would sneak out and get drugs, I would fake my drug tests with other people’s pee.

“There was one night when I used a bunch of coke and popped a few Xanax bars and I began to choke a little bit. My heart started racing and I thought to myself: “Oh my God, I might be overdosing right now.”

Death is the final reality for addicts of hard drugs, and the severity of addiction can be difficult for non-addicts to grasp. As Lovato relapses again and again and her habits become more extreme, as she is readmitted to facilities, her public statements become more self-effacing and bleak — her language more confessional. In her most recent statement, which she released on Twitter, she thanked God for keeping her alive.

Memoirist and personal essayist Cat Marnell has written lengthy essays and chronicled her own addiction at great length. “With years of heavy drug abuse, the scales tipped and my death instincts got more and more powerful than my life instincts, until I found myself quitting my magazine job just so I could withdraw for a year”, she wrote in a piece on the death of Whitney Houston.

“And yet when I am at my sickest, I put a huge amount of effort into fooling everyone: the hair, the makeup, the chatter. You either never see me — I’ve been so busy — or I’m my very best self in public before rushing home to numb out again.”

media_cameraCamp Rock stars The Jonas Brothers with Demi Lovato. Picture: Disney Channel.

When you’ve experienced perfection, recovery is an endless struggle

Demi Lovato spoke in 2015 about her struggles with her mental health and her diagnosis of Bipolar Affective Disorder. “There’s no day off in recovery”, she said, which is partly the thrust of the mantra touted by the twelve-step program.

Miley Cyrus seems to have cycled through a half decade of wildness — she’s had her public breakup with Liam Hemsworth, her fetishised and televised performances in rubber G-string onesies. She’s twerked with dildos, straddled giant prop tongues and huffed joints on stage.

Now engaged to Hemsworth and with her third non-Disney album under her belt, Cyrus reflected last year on her experiences with the company. “It’s a lot to put on a kid to have them have to go get their makeup done and also balance school and also have me dress up in a wig as a kid is a little weird.

“I think that’s probably what’s a little bit wrong with me now! I mark that up to doing some extreme damage in my psyche as an adult person.”

Britney Spears has, astoundingly, survived her addiction, breakdowns, and the constant swarm of paparazzi and fans that still shadow her every move. In 2017, she earned US$34M from her Piece of Me Las Vegas residency. Last year she spoke about her breakdown, saying her 20s were an “awful” time for her.

“My life was controlled by too many people and that doesn’t really let you be yourself”, she told an Israeli newspaper. “I wrote back then, that I was lost and didn’t know what to do with myself. I was trying to please everyone around me because that [is] who I am deep inside. There are moments where I look back and think: ‘What the hell was I thinking?’”

If you need help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14

Phoebe Loomes is a freelance writer. Find her on Twitter @dollyybird

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Meghan Markle’s father slams royal family’s ‘cult-like secrecy’

MEGHAN Markle’s father has likened the royal family to Scientologists because of their “cult-like” secrecy.

Thomas Markle, 74, said the royals must become more modern and open to scrutiny.

Speaking to The Sun at his home in Rosarito, Mexico, he said “They are either like Scientologists or the Stepford family.

“If they hear anybody say anything they just lock the doors. They need to speak up!

“They are cult-like — like Scientology — because they are secretive.

“They close the door, pull the shades down and put their fingers in their ears so they don’t have to hear.

media_cameraThomas Markle has not spoken to his daughter since her wedding.

“Maybe they have a secret handshake too! You cannot ask a question of them — as they won’t answer.”

American Thomas has been met with a wall of silence from Kensington Palace, including Meghan, 37, since speaking out publicly about her.

The Church of Scientology, founded by L Ron Hubbard, has provoked controversy for its practices and secretive methods.

It has always strongly denied claims that it is a cult and that it manipulates members.

The religion has attracted a huge celebrity following — including film megastars Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

The Stepford Wives is a 1970s thriller novel by Ira Levin where men in American suburbia turn their spouses into brainwashed submissive robots.

media_cameraThomas Markle has slammed the ‘secrecy’ of his daughter’s new family. Picture: Getty

Thomas, an Emmy-winning lighting director, has tried to encourage Meghan and her husband Prince Harry, 33, to contact him — after three months of silence.

They have not spoken since the day after the couple’s wedding at Windsor Castle.

Thomas, who also has children Samantha, 53, and Tom Jnr, 51, dismissed reports that he was hoping for money from his kids.

He said: “I worked hard to provide for my children. I’m their father, I don’t expect them to pay me back.”

Thomas laughed off a claim that he is to launch a clothing range for men — which Samantha had made in a tweet.

He insisted: “It is just a joke.

“The only clothes line I have is the one I hang my shirts on to dry.”

This story originally appeared on The Sun and is republished here with permission.

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Deven Davis dead: Korn singer Jonathan Davis’ wife dies

DEVEN Davis, the wife of Korn’s lead singer, Jonathan Davis, has died a the age of 39.

“The Davis family is broken-hearted over the devastating loss of Deven Davis,” the family said in a statement to Fox News issued through the band’s record label, Roadrunner Records.

“We ask that you respect their privacy — and the privacy of those close to the family — and allow them the space to mourn in private,” the statement continued. “We thank you for your love, understanding and prayers of support during this difficult time.”

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According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Deven, a former adult actor, was estranged from the rock star with Jonathan filing for divorce in 2016, citing irreconcilable differences. (The pair married in 2004 and shared two children together.)

media_cameraDavis (front) with his band, Korn.

Per the outlet, Jonathan filed for a domestic violence restraining order Friday, the same day his estranged wife reportedly died. According to TMZ, a judge issued a temporary order blocking Deven from any child custody or visitation, as well as, prohibited her from having contact with the family’s dog.

TMZ reports that in the court papers, Jonathan alleged Deven battled drug addiction for more than 20 years, and had to been to rehab six times. He also claims she “is constantly under the influence of the nitrous oxide, cocaine and Norco.”

According to the outlet, Deven went missing from a sober home last Friday, and hadn’t been seen for a week before her death.

Davis’ cause of death is not yet known.

This story originally appeared on Fox News and is republished here with permission.

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Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina: Final tragic twist in deaths

THE friend who discovered Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown in her bathtub has died of an apparent drug overdose.

Max Lomas was discovered unconscious in a friend’s bathroom with a syringe near his body after his pal grew concerned when he didn’t come out for a long time, TMZ reported Friday. Lomas was reportedly rushed to a nearby Mississippi hospital, where he later passed away.

Lomas was the one who pulled Brown out of the bathtub and administered CPR with her partner, Nick Gordon, until help arrived.

media_cameraWhitney Houston and daughter Bobbi Kristina in 2011. Within four years the mother and daughter would both be dead. Picture: AP

No charges were ever filed against Lomas, though Brown’s family won a $36 million wrongful death civil suit against Gordon for her death.

Brown was in a coma for six months before dying in hospice care at age 22 on July 26, 2015

On February 11, 2012, her mother Whitney Houston was found dead in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California. The coroner’s report showed that she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use as contributing factors.

Page Six has reached out to Lomas’ lawyer for comment.

media_cameraMax Lomas earned a place in infamy when he found Bobbi Kristina Brown unconscious in the bath tub. Picture: Splash

This story originally appeared on Page Six and is republished here with permission.

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Jim Carrey reveals why he turned his back on Hollywood

JIM Carrey was once a $20 million-per-movie star.

After Ace Ventura: Pet Detective catapulted him to international fame, he was suddenly a bona fide leading man. Follow-up hits like Dumb and Dumber, The Cable Guy, Liar Liar, The Truman Show and Bruce Almighty — along with a string of high-profile girlfriends including Renée Zellweger and Jenny McCarthy — kept him firmly in the spotlight.

media_cameraCarrey and McCarthy dated for five years. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP

But in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter , the Golden Globe winner admitted he’d never taken any of it seriously.

“My plan was not to join Hollywood, it was to destroy it. Like, take a gigantic sledgehammer to the leading man and to all the serious­ness.”

media_cameraCarrey was an overnight sensation following
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
media_cameraLiar Liar made $US302 million at the box office. Credit: ZUMA Press

He went on to describe fame as having a “weightlessness to it” and added that once it was achieved, “it’s really not a place that’s very comfortable for very long.”

Knowing that now, it makes Carrey’s slow retreat from the public eye a few years back a little less surprising.

According to the star — and in a stark departure from the norm — Hollywood didn’t tire of him. He simply grew tired of Hollywood.

“I just didn’t want to be in the business anymore,” Carrey admitted to THR. “I didn’t like what was happening, the corporations taking over and all that.

“And maybe it’s because I felt pulled toward a different type of creative outlet and I really liked the control of painting — of not having a committee in the way telling me what the idea must be to appeal to a four-quadrant whatever.”

Sadly, public fascination in recent years switched from his glittering career to the lengthy saga surrounding his makeup artist ex’s 2015 suicide — and the ugly subsequent legal battle between her family and the star.

media_cameraCarrey and his ex-girlfriend, Cathriona White. Credit: Splash News

A string of bizarre antics followed, punctuated by a red carpet appearance late last year in which he left an E! News reporter absolutely gobsmacked by his mind-bending comments outside a Harper’s Bazaar party.

“There’s no meaning to any of this. I wanted to find the most meaningless thing I could come to and join and here I am,” he told her during a live interview, as her jaw dropped.

Despite his lack of interest in the glossy world of show business these days, Carrey has — somewhat reluctantly — been drawn back in.

He’ll make his small-screen return later this month in Kidding, a series about Jeff, aka Mr Pickles (Carrey), a children’s TV icon who finds his own life imploding.

According to the actor, there was something in the tragedy of Jeff’s personal crisis that he found attractive.

“You’re always waiting for that thing that you recognise as some part of yourself. And the life experience here matched up,” Carrey told THR.

“I’ve gone through great loss, and somehow I ended up on the other side in a place where I can look anybody in the eye and feel like I’m on the same page. I understand how the river of grief can grab you at some point in your life and just throttle you.”

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Ben Affleck enjoys date with Playboy model Shauna Sexton

BEN Affleck has been pictured leaving an exclusive Malibu restaurant with a Playboy model.

Following rumours of a breakup with girlfriend Lindsay Shookus, the 46-year-old was seen making a late-night exit from Nobu Malibu with Shauna Sexton, a 22-year-old Playboy model and veterinarian.

media_cameraBen Affleck leaves dinner with Playboy model Shauna Sexton. Picture: Mega
media_cameraIt comes amid rumours Affleck has split with his girlfriend. Picture: Mega

Affleck smoked a cigarette as he left the celebrity hot spot with Shauna, the pair surrounded by security guards as they got into a waiting car.

It comes amid rumours the Gone Girl actor has split from television producer Shookus.

The couple has not been photographed together in more than a month, and a moving van was seen outside Affleck’s home on August 9, according to TMZ.

media_cameraShauna is a 22-year-old Playboy model. Picture: Supplied

Shauna starred as Playboy’s Miss May 2018. She regularly uploads photos of herself in scantily-clad outfits to her Instagram account.

Ben is yet to finalise his divorce from the mother of his three children, Jennifer Garner. They separated in June 2015 after being married for a decade, but didn’t file for divorce until April 2017.

media_cameraShauna, second from left, at a Playboy event in Las Vegas on July 28, 2018. Picture: Getty

After reports this week that they’d been sent a legal warning for “dragging their feet” with the divorce, an insider told People Affleck is “in a good place mentally”.

“[He] has worked really hard to get here,” the source said.

“He continues to focus on himself and the health of his relationships.”

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Kylie Jenner covers Vogue Australia’s September issue 2018

KYLIE Jenner has scored her first ever Vogue cover — and she has Australia to thank.

The 21-year-old reality star and makeup mogul stars on Vogue Australia’s September issue, following in the footsteps of sisters Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner who’ve covered the fashion bible in the US and India, among other editions.

media_cameraKylie Jenner stars on the September 2018 cover of Vogue Australia. Picture: Vogue

Kylie has been a household name since she was 10 years old, when Keeping Up With The Kardashians first aired. But in 2018 she’s experienced a meteoric rise following the birth of her first child, Stormi, and the rapid growth of her makeup brand, Kylie Cosmetics.

In June it was revealed she’s on track to become America’s youngest self-made billionaire — although the term “self-made’ saw her cop some flack given the family she was born into.

Kylie, who’s in a relationship with rapper Travis Scott, was interviewed by sister Kendall for a feature inside the magazine. In the interview she discussed a number of topics, including how motherhood has changed her.

“I don’t think my life has changed since becoming a mum: I think the way I look at life has changed since becoming a mum,” she said.

media_cameraKylie (right) was styled for the photoshoot by Vogue Australia’s Fashion Director Christine Centenera (centre), a close friend of the Kardashian-Jenners. Picture: Instagram

“I used to live each day as it came, and now I look at the future more.

“I actually feel like I love myself more after I had Stormi. And I’m trying to be … I mean, I’m already a positive person, but just having fun, being positive.”

It’s not so surprising the Down Under edition of Vogue was Kylie’s first. The Kardashian-Jenners have a close relationship with Vogue Australia’s Fashion Director, Christine Centenera.

Christine has consulted on Kanye West’s Yeezy label and styled Kim Kardashian for Vogue Australia in 2016. She often share selfies with Kim and co. on her Instagram account.

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Aretha Franklin dead: Singer’s body will be on public display in Detroit

ARETHA Franklin will have an open-casket public service at a Detroit museum in anticipation of the enormous crowds, according to a report.

Sources close to the Queen of Soul’s family told TMZ the memorial will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, which Franklin frequently visited.

media_cameraAretha Franklin sings during a memorial service for her father and brother, Rev. C.L. and Rev. Cecil Franklin, at New Bethel Baptist Church where they were ministers, in Detroit. Picture: AP

The New York Post reports that the family nixed the idea of a traditional church service because of the thousands of fans who are likely to turn up.

The museum hosted Rosa Parks’ funeral in 2005.

media_cameraLate at night people still pay their respect to Aretha Franklin by spending a moment by her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. Picture: AFP

Franklin, 76, died on Thursday morning after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post and is republished here with permission

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Ivanka Trump offended by Scarlett Johansson’s SNL parody

IVANKA Trump was deeply hurt by a parody of her on Saturday Night Live last year, it’s been revealed.

In her White House expose Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House, Omarosa Manigault Newman reveals Ivanka’s reaction to a skit that roasted her, Complicit.

Introducing Complicit, a new fragrance for Ivanka Trump (Scarlett Johansson).

In it, Scarlett Johansson dressed up as Ivanka and took jabs at her for supporting her US president father Donald Trump — who critics have labelled a misogynist and who has been accused of sexual assault — while proclaiming to be a feminist.

media_cameraAdviser and daughter of US President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump was hurt by a parody of her on Saturday Night Live, it’s been revealed. Picture: AFP

“At the senior staff meeting, Ivanka couldn’t stop bemoaning it, how offensive it was, how ridiculous it was,” Omarosa writes.

“We’d all been subject to SNL attacks … We’d all been hit, many of us in that same week’s show. But Ivanka would not stop talking about being ribbed,” she recalls.

“Like her father, Ivanka was thin-skinned and could not seem to take a joke.”

media_cameraScarlett Johansson parodied Ivanka Trump on Saturday Night Live. Picture: Supplied

The segment, which aired in March 2017, was produced in the style of a fragrance ad for a perfume called Complicit. It showed Scarlett as Ivanka walking into a glamorous party as a voice over said:

“[Ivanka is] a feminist, an advocate, a champion for women, but … like. how …

“She’s loyal, devoted, but probably should’ve bounced after the whole access Hollywood bus thing,” referring to the voice recording of Donald Trump bragging about grabbing women’s genitalia without asking.

“She doesn’t crave the spotlight, but we see her, oh how we see her. The fragrance for the woman who could stop all this, but won’t.”

media_cameraMila Kunis supports Scarlett Johansson as she speaks during the Women’s March in Los Angeles on January 20, 2018. Picture: Getty Images

After the sketch aired, Ivanka responded in an interview with CBS news:

“If being complicit is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I’m complicit.

‘‘I don’t know that the critics who may say that of me, if they found themselves in this very unique and unprecedented situation that I am now in, would do any differently than I am doing.”

But Scarlett only continued her attack on America’s First Daughter, saying she was “uninspiring” and “cowardly”.

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The Wiggles: Lachy Gillespie on split with wife Emma Watkins

EVEN through a major breakup, Lachy Gillespie has showed his positive, Wiggly side, revealing he loves Emma Watkins now more than ever.

The couple, who announced their shock split earlier this month, had dropped the news on fans like a hot potato. And while they chose to go their separate ways, they confirmed they would continue performing together in popular kids group the Wiggles.

For the first time since their shock separation, Lachy has opened up about their relationship, telling the Herald Sun’s Page 13 that they are the best of friends — “we always have been, that’s how it started.”

He said they were like any other couple and just realised they had reached a stalemate in their seemingly picture-perfect relationship.

“To be able to realise as a couple that we were going different ways and to stay as close as we are is a real testament, I think, to both of us,” he told the publication.

“I love her more now than anything and she loves me more than anything.”

He said: “It’s life.”

“We had such a connection at the start and in a way it has got stronger through the whole separation.

“We have got to that point that we know our paths have changed and things were not working as a couple. But all we care about is the children who watch the show. That’s how it started and that hasn’t changed.”

media_cameraPurple Wiggle Lachy Gillespie said he loves (yellow Wiggle) Emma Watkins now more than ever.

The colourful duo, who were married for two years, said they “shared the most beautiful life together” when they announced their split.

They first met around 2010, when they were touring the Dorothy the Dinosaur show, and began dating about three years later.

“Throughout that period, we have performed hundreds of shows together and that is always a continued source of joy for us both,” the couple said in a statement in early August.

“We have embraced this as a very positive change in our relationship. Our incredible friendship has been strengthened throughout this time and what we have discovered is that, more than ever, first and foremost we love and adore performing as Emma and Lachy in The Wiggles and having the privilege of celebrating this happiness with extraordinary families around the world.”

News of their marriage collapse came just weeks after yellow Wiggle Emma, 27, spoke about her ongoing and painful battle with acute endometriosis.

She had to take time out from a national tour to have surgery for her chronic condition — which affects one in 10 women in Australia.

“Over the last couple of years I had noticed a lot of pain,” she told Today host Georgie Gardner in April.

“I think even as a girl you are just used to dealing with what you have to deal with, and I think as it started to progress to get a little bit worse, I thought I should get it checked out.”

Lachy, 32, told Page 13 that their break up had meant Emma could now focus solely on getting well.

media_cameraThe popular couple announced their separation earlier this month.

“She is still really tired,” he said “and just really concentrating on getting better”.

Lachy said he moved out of the house they shared in Sydney after going through a trial separation since February.

Emma was the first female to join the Wiggle supergroup in 2012 after Wiggle Sam Moran was dumped.

Lachy told the publication they had at first kept their relationship a secret, such was their love for the fans. “We didn’t bring our relationship out early, we waited because of the shows to see how it was going.”

Their split has not caused any group dramas, Lachy confirmed, saying they are now stronger than ever, even working around-the-clock this week on the latest spin-off, a new Emma series.

“For the four of us it is all about the music, that’s all we have ever wanted to do,” he told Page 13.

“We have just done this Emma TV series and the music just keeps getting better and better, every time we are in the studio.

“It’s only just got started really.”

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