Singer Demi Lovato is "awake" and surrounded by family members after suffering an alleged drug overdose. The pop star was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital close to midday on Tuesday (24Jul18), with police and fire department officials confirming they had responded to an emergency call placed from the 8000 block of Laurel View Drive, the street in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood where Demi's home is located. Reports suggest the singer, who was sober for six years before falling off the wagon, had overdosed on heroin, but the 25-year-old's representative has released a statement claiming some of the information about the incident is false. “Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers, and support," the star's spokesperson said in a statement. "Some of the information being reported is incorrect and they respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now." The star revealed to fans she recently relapsed in the lyrics of her new song, Sober, in June (18), apologising for letting her family and fans down. "To the ones who never left me/We’ve been down this road before/I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore,” she sings on the heartbreaking track. Demi was transported to a Los Angeles hospital, where she was treated with Narcan - an emergency treatment for opioid narcotic overdoses - according to Entertainment Tonight. She first sought rehabilitation treatment for her substance abuse and self-harm issues in 2011. A concert scheduled for Atlantic City, New Jersey on Thursday (26Jul18) has been canceled following her hospitalization.
Following the news of The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan’s sudden death at the age of 46, the remaining members of the band have spoken out about their grief. “We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores,” Fergal Lawler, Noel and Mike Hogan wrote in a joint statement on social media. “She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today,” they added.
Camila Cabello's departure from Fifth Harmony in December left fans with a lot of questions -- including whether the group would keep their name as a foursome. According to the band, however, changing their name just wasn't the right choice. "It was obviously a thought, because it was a prevalent thing that there’s four of us, not five. Regardless, we were all very united in the fact that we didn’t want to change the name," Lauren Jauregui told MTV News on Wednesday. "Fifth Harmony is the name we grew up with and we worked for and it’s our brand," she added. "It’s who we are. It’s our entire moments. It’s what we spent five years on." As for whether the band considered replacing Cabello, Dinah Jane said they already have. "The fans named us Fifth Harmony, and now they're the fifth member," she explained.
Priyanka Chopra has apologized after her TV show Quantico featured a controversial storyline about Indian terrorists. The episode, titled The Blood of Romeo, saw Chopra’s FBI agent Alex Parrish thwarting a terrorist attack on an international summit in New York by Indian nationalists, who stole weaponized uranium and sought to blame the planned violence on Pakistan. Fans were horrified that the show fictionalized the real-life historical tension between the two countries just days before a real-life summit between India and Pakistan in China. Chopra was targeted by viewers who criticised her for going along with the storyline, especially as she is of Indian descent. “I’m extremely saddened and sorry that some sentiments have been hurt by a recent episode of Quantico,” Chopra posted on Twitter on Saturday (09Jun18). “That was not and would never be my intention. I sincerely apologize. I’m a proud Indian and that will never change.” ABC, the network behind the show, also offered an apology for the content of the episode, that aired on 1 June. “(We) and the executive producers of Quantico would like to extend an apology to our audience who were offended by the most recent episode, The Blood of Romeo,” they said in a statement. “The episode has stirred a lot of emotion, much of which is unfairly aimed at Priyanka Chopra, who didn’t create the show, nor does she write or direct it. She has no involvement in the casting of the show or the storylines depicted in the series.” The network’s statement concluded: “Quantico is a work of fiction. The show has featured antagonists of many different ethnicities and backgrounds, but in this case we inadvertently and regrettably stepped into a complex political issue. It was certainly not our intention to offend anyone.” Quantico, which was canceled by ABC last month (May18), will come to an end after its current third season.
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