The Duchess of Cambridge was vacationing with husband Prince William and her family on the private island of Mustique last week when their privacy was violated once again.
“We are disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas. This is a clear breach of the couple’s right to privacy,” a spokesman for the couple at St. James’s Palace told PEOPLE.
The photos of Kate and William walking arm-in-arm on the beach in their swimwear as well as the bikini-clad duchess frolicking in the surf are published in Chi magazine this week as well as expected in a U.S. tabloid.
The magazine’s move to publish the photos is a bold one, since the palace has clearly stated its opposition to such media stories. In September 2012, after Closer magazine published the first topless photos of Catherine, the British royal family took the French tabloid to court.
When paparazzi invade the royal couple, or other celebrities for that matter, while on private getaways have they gone too far?
While in public or at events it certainly is to be expected, however, being hunted down while trying to have some alone time is another thing.
So why does this continue to go on?
The bottom line is money. These types of photos bring in big revenue for the magazines/newspapers.
This poses the question, is the public’s hunger for a voyeuristic view at celebrities enough to justify this behavior or should the moral line of integrity be drawn by the publications themselves?
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Instead of canceling her scheduled appearance Wednesday, Bethenny Frankel sat down with Ellen DeGeneres to talk about her failed marriage.
The reality star, talk show host, and incredible businesswoman became tearful as she shared, “I feel like a disappointment to all of you. I feel like a failure. I’m scared but it’s about what I do next… how I handle myself with grace and dignity, and this is the time that matters.”
DeGeneres comforted Frankel by reminding it could be good content for Frankel’s daytime talk-show ‘Bethenny.’
Frankel replied, “I’m going to have bad days. But the ones that I do have I’ll go through that with the audience, and vice versa. It’s going to be a journey and that’s going to get me through this.”
Going through a divorce is never easy, even when you feel it is the right thing to do.
After watching the segment on Ellen, it is quite clear Frankel is in an incredible amount of pain and really struggling. She has lived out the fantasy in front of everyone and now is suffering the loss of that life in front of everyone.
How very difficult this must be for her.
I truly hope those that are judging Frankel take a step back to realize we each are human beings going through this journey the best we can with the tools we have at the time.
My heart goes out to Ms. Frankel and her family. I pray they are able to get through this with as little damage and pain for each of them as possible!
“I was abused, mentally, physically, everything,” Julianne Hough says in Cosmopolitan’s February issue on newsstands January 8th.
When the dancer turned actress was 10 years old, she lived in London, away from her parents in Utah, studying dance. That is when the abuse began, she says.
While attending the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Arts, Hough shares the adults around her took advantage of her being without parental supervision: “I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer. I was a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy façade because that was my job and my life…But my heart was the same, and I was this innocent little girl. I wanted so much love.”
The actress, now 24, says the abuse became worse “when I started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl.”
The painful emotions surfaced during filming of her latest movie, Safe Haven, opening February 14th, about a girl who survives an abusive ex-boyfriend and accepts the love of a widower, played by Josh Duhamel.
During one particularly difficult scene, she says, “I went from bawling to containing to laughing to crying again. Josh was crying. I think it was the most therapeutic moment of my life.”
When someone has been abused, the experience can leave a lasting negative impact, causing problems in their life and relationships.
It is an important healing step that Hough is talking about her abuse and had a “therapeutic moment” while filming, however, in this type of abuse there needs to be much more healing in order to erase all of its negative effects.
Over my fifteen years of working with men and women, those who were abused had the most difficult time with trust, self-esteem, and making healthy choices for themselves. Inevitably, they had internalized the guilt and shame from the abuse, which they carry with them and act out in their lives and relationships.
However, when the abuse is addressed and processed through to a healed place, the person has an opportunity to not only leave it behind but to also become incredibly empowered!
Jessica Simpson recently said about her fiancé Eric Johnson, “It is the sexiest thing in the world to watch how he handles Maxwell” (their eight month-old baby girl) in an interview with People magazine.
The thirty-two year old Fashion Star mentor announced on Christmas Day that she is now expecting her second child.
With another little one on the way, a wedding to plan, and her career Simpson will certainly have her hands full.
However, like other new mothers trying to balance motherhood, a relationship, and a career Simpson seems to have it working very well.
She spent the holidays in Hawaii with her family while showing off her baby bump in a fashion forward bikini and cover-up.
As her family grows and the demands on her and her time increase, the singer and TV personality will have to remember to keep her focus on what is most important.
Over the years in my work, I have seen relationship after relationship lose their emotional and intimate bond once the children came along. They allow becoming parents to replace being a couple, which ultimately creates problems and the need to get help for their relationship.
Becoming a parent and being able to share that with your partner is one of life’s most amazing blessings. However, the key to keeping each of these relationships strong, healthy, and happy is balance.
There must be a healthy balance of parent time and relationship time. When there is not, the couple’s relationship is vulnerable to turn into just a functioning working relationship rather than a loving intimate one.
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Kelly Clarkson’s dreams came true when her boyfriend of one year, Brandon Blackstock proposed!
The pop singer announced on Twitter December 15th, “I’M ENGAGED!!!!! I wanted y’all to know!! Happiest night of my life last night! I am so lucky and am with the greatest man ever.”
Interestingly, last month, Clarkson shared while on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” about her relationship that although Blackstock had not proposed yet, she knew he was going to.
“… We are totally going to get married. We love each other. We are totally going to get married one day,” Clarkson gushed about Blackstock, who is Reba McEntire’s stepson. “He’s got two children and I’m new,” she added, “I mean he’s got to put a ring on it at some point! But I’ll wait it out.”
Although Clarkson may have been ready for the proposal long before her now fiancé was, she decided to wait with great expectation, and it worked for her relationship!
Congratulations Kelly and Brandon and all the best wishes for a happy life together!
I am often asked, “How do you know if he is going to propose?”
In order to help answer this question for as many woman as I could I wrote this article for the Huffington Post, “7 Signs He’s Never Going to Propose!”
Read it and let me know your story! How long did you wait and did it work out for you?
According to TMZ, Charlie Sheen learned that a Hermosa Beach police officer’s 10-year-old daughter had been diagnosed with Childhood Rhabdomyosarcoma (CR).
The actor reportedly said, “No parent should have to watch their kid go through that!”
The next day Charlie donated $75,000 to the Hermosa Beach Police Association to contribute to the fund in the little girls honor.
Good deeds deserve to be reported on, especially when it comes to Sheen!
The actor has taken quite a beating in the media for his mistakes, missteps, and unfortunate “winning” campaign.
It is good to see him putting positive into the world!
HuffPost Entertainment is reporting that Kristen Stewart will star opposite Ben Affleck in a comedy titled Focus.
“I can confirm that rumor,” Stewart told Huffington Post, referring to reports that surfaced last month. “It’s a comedy. I’m really excited about it. We start shooting in April.”
Reportedly the role would call on Stewart, 22, to shoot some “passionate” love scenes with Affleck, 40. Affleck was also quoted saying that he hoped Stewart would take the role because she’s “terrific.”
Post her highly publicized affair with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, Stewart will undoubtedly be faced with suspicion and mistrust as she enters new sets for different roles. The wives and girlfriends of everyone there will be wondering, “Will she do it again?”
This metaphoric scarlet letter Stewart has to deal with will eventually fade over time. However, for now, she must walk a very tight ethical road to “prove” she can be trusted again.
As for whether or not Ben Affleck ‘s wife, actress Jennifer Garner, will worry or not depends on her level of security in her husband and marriage. It certainly could not hurt to make her presence known on set, especially during those love scenes!
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According to Us Weekly, it looks like Taylor Swift’s relationship with Conor Kennedy has ended.
Reportedly the 22-year-old star has broken up with her 18-year-old boyfriend, the son of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and the late Mary Kennedy.
The young couple began seeing one another this past summer. Their relationship seemed to quickly progress as they were seen around the Kennedy family home in Hyannis Port, Mass., throughout the summer kissing and spending quality time together.
Things were going so well in the relationship that Swift reportedly bought a home next to the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port.
This news comes in the same week Swift’s newest album, “Red,” saw record-breaking sales after its Monday release.
For such a young age, this pop-sensation has had her fair share of relationships and relationship problems with men of all ages. Swift has been linked with Jake Gyllenhaal (31), John Mayer (35), Joe Jonas (23), and Taylor Lautner (20).
Swift recently told Rolling Stone magazine, “The way I look at love is you have to follow it, and fall hard, if you fall hard you have to forget about what everyone else thinks. It has to be an us-against-the-world mentality. You have to make it work by prioritizing it, and by falling in love really fast, without thinking too hard. If I think too hard about a relationship I’ll talk myself out of it. …I have rules for a lot of areas of my life. Love is not going to be one of them.”
This “fall-hard-don’t think about it” philosophy seems to be distracting Swift from making good choices for a partner. It also seems she is more ‘in love’ with falling in love than actual loving and is in need of some good relationship help.
This can become a repetitive problem for those who become “hooked” on the high of “falling in love.”
How? Well, there are three neurotransmitters involved during this stage, which are adrenaline, dopamine, and serotonin.
These chemical messengers in the brain often cause the starry-eyed lovers to sweat, experience an increase in their heart rate, and have dry mouth when they see each other. It can also create an intense rush of pleasure, increased energy, less need for sleep or food, and an exclusionary focus on their new partner. For some, this experience is similar to the feeling of taking cocaine.
As the relationship progresses and the effects of these neurotransmitters decline, so do the elated feelings. This is when the “reality” of the other person is recognized and quite often rejected. The once little adoring qualities now become obnoxious annoyances. A common phrase heard at this time is “he/she is not who I thought they were.” This is also when many relationship end instead of getting help for their relationship.
In order to get over such a harmful cycle one must realize the biology involved and push through the crash from the high to build a deeper bonding and emotional intimacy. This type of help can come in the form of a relationship help book or working with a relationship expert, coach, or therapist.
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After five years of dating Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel exchanged their wedding vows in a romantic Italian ceremony on October 19.
“It was a really special evening,” Timberlake told People magazine for this week’s cover story.
His new bride, Biel added, “It was a total fantasy experience.”
In true Timberlake fashion, he serenaded his beautiful bride-to-be as she walked down the aisle in a custom, petal pink Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown.
“It was an original piece I wrote specifically for the evening and for her,” tells Timberlake.
The couple welcomed 100 guests to the Borgo Egnazia resort in southern Italy for a week-long wedding celebration.
“It was a lot to ask of them to travel, so we figured we’d give our guests a good party!” says Timberlake.
Congratulations to the newlyweds with warm wishes for a beautiful life together!
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In August, USADA banned Lance Armstrong for life and stripped him of his seven titles in the Tour de France after he declined to fight the charges in arbitration.
Armstrong declared that he never failed a drug test, but USADA’s evidence contained several witness statements about how he and his teammates used sophisticated methods to avoid testing positive in those tests.
Yesterday, a week after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a massive evidence file to show Lance Armstrong used banned drugs and blood transfusions to gain an advantage throughout his accomplished career, his major sponsors dropped the cyclist.
Nike cut Armstrong, repeating its opposition to performance-enhancing drugs and declaring Armstrong had “misled” the company for more than a decade.
Anheuser-Busch, which used Armstrong to pitch Michelob, issued a statement that said, “We have decided not to renew our relationship with Lance Armstrong.”
Trek announced it was “terminating” it relationship with Armstrong and was “disappointed by the findings and conclusions in the USADA report regarding Lance Armstrong.”
24 Hour Fitness issued a forceful statement, saying, “Given the evidence surrounding Lance Armstrong’s alleged actions, we have determined that our business relationship with Armstrong no longer aligns with our company’s mission and values.”
Sports drink producer FRS announced Armstrong had resigned from its board. In a statement, Matt Kohler, the company’s chief marketing officer, said “this seemed like a good time to part ways.”
Honey Stinger, a Colorado company that markets energy foods that Armstrong partially owns, issued a statement that said “we are in the process of removing Lance Armstrong’s image and endorsement from our product packaging.”
The maker of Giro helmets, which Armstrong often wore, said in a statement it will “not be continuing our sponsorship of Lance Armstrong moving forward.”
RadioShack issued a statement that said it had “no current obligations” to Armstrong under a sponsorship deal it areed to in July 2009.
The statements came the same day that Armstrong announced he was stepping down as chairman of his cancer-fighting charity, the Livestrong foundation, to “spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career.”
So where does Armstrong go from here?
Perhaps not to this degree, but surely we can all relate to a time in our lives when it felt as if everything was going wrong and coming against us.
Going through such a dark period can destroy some lives forever. However, there are those that take accountability, learn from the experience, and move forward as a deeper person.
No matter how hard things are, each of us always has a choice.
We can choose to lie down and die giving up hope for a better tomorrow or we can focus on the good that is present and stand back up again.
It seems as if we are all waiting to see what Armstrong chooses to do.
Acclaimed Life & Relationship Coach and Nationally Recognized Relationship Expert- Bree Maresca-Kramer M.A. has been featured on NBC, CBS, The CW, FOX NEWS, National Radio Programming, The Chicago Tribune, Shape Magazine, In-Touch Magazine, The Nest Magazine, Woman’s Day Magazine, E-Harmony, AOL, and is a Relationship Expert Columnist for The Huffington Post. She has a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and over fifteen years of clinical experience working with individuals and couples.