The intense public interest in the onscreen death of Kit Harington's Game of Thrones character Jon Snow sent the actor to therapy. Kit was thrust firmly into the spotlight in 2015, when Snow was brutally killed off in the season five finale of the hit fantasy drama, and although he was later brought back to life, having to deal with the heightened fan and media attention made him extremely uncomfortable. "My darkest period was when the show seemed to become so much about Jon, when he died and came back," he tells Variety. "I really didn't like the focus of the whole show coming onto Jon... "When you become the cliffhanger of a TV show, and a TV show probably at the height of its power, the focus on you is f**king terrifying." The public scrutiny drove Kit to seek out professional counseling as he struggled to deal with his new level of fame, which also made him question his acting abilities. "It wasn't a very good time in my life," he reflects. "I felt I had to feel that I was the most fortunate person in the world, when actually, I felt very vulnerable. "I had a shaky time in my life around there - like I think a lot of people do in their 20s. That was a time when I started therapy, and started talking to people. I had felt very unsafe, and I wasn't talking to anyone. I had to feel very grateful for what I have, but I felt incredibly concerned about whether I could even f**king act." The therapy sessions helped Kit, now 32, come to terms with the impact the show was having on his personal life, and now, after filming his final scenes for the eighth and final season, he is relieved at being able to finally leave Snow behind. "I took off the costume, and it felt like my skin was being peeled away," he shares of bidding farewell to his beloved character. "I was very emotional. It felt like someone was shedding me of something." Season eight premieres on 14 April (19).
Christina Aguilera became tearful in a video she shared to thank her fans for their unwavering support. The 37-year-old released her eighth studio album, Liberation, on Friday (15Jun18), and the star posted the video to Twitter with the caption: "Fighters this goes for you too...." Aguilera is seen celebrating while in a restaurant, and decided to dedicate her emotional speech to her loyal fans. "This business is so cutthroat and it's so hard. I feel like I'm gonna cry. When I feel protected, I'm at my best and I just adore the people that are truly loyal to me. And I just love you guys so much," Aguilera said as she became visibly emotional.
Drake added another nine gongs to his Billboard Music Awards ceremony haul on Wednesday (01May19) to clean up with 12. The rapper picked up the night's biggest awards for Top Artist and Top Male Artist during the actual awards show and also dominated the Billboard chart categories, while also landing the Top Rap Artist and Top Rap Male Artist honors. Cardi B, who was a double winner during the ceremony, picked up another four awards, thanks largely to her Maroon 5 Girls Like You collaboration, which claimed a total of four gongs, including Top Hot 100 Song. There were overall triple wins for Ella Mai, who dominated the R&B categories, country star Luke Combs, Ozuna, and Christian artist Lauren Daigle, while Beyonce and JAY-Z, Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers, Panic! At the Disco, and BTS were all double winners.
Ed Sheeran grabs another week at No. 1 on Australia’s singles chart with “Perfect” (Atlantic/Warner) as the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman (Atlantic/Warner) rises to the zenith of the national albums survey. The triple-platinum “Perfect” enters a fifth straight week atop the ARIA Singles Chart and collects another Streaming Singles crown. The track was one of four Sheeran songs to crack the top 10 in ARIA’s recently-published year-end singles tally and it's lifted from the English singer’s Divide, the best-selling album of 2017 in Australia. Also on the singles chart this week, Camila Cabello’s “Havana” (Epic/Sony) featuring Young Thug holds at No. 2, Eminem’s “River” (Interscope/Universal) featuring Sheeran is unchanged at No. 3, Post Malone’s“I Fall Apart” (Universal) improves 5-4 and Marshmellox Khalid’s“Silence” (RCA/Sony) gains 7-5. The highest-ranked homegrown track on the current survey comes from Pnau, whose track “Go Bang” (Universal) improves 19-13, as a pair of new entries impact the top 50: Keala Settle and The Greatest Showman Ensemble's “This Is Me” (it’s at No. 34 via Atlantic/Warner), from the week’s best-selling album, and Camelphat & Elderbrook’s club tune “Cola” (ADA/Warner) at No. 48. Meanwhile, The Greatest Showman leads a top five comprised of albums which have all logged time at the summit: Sheeran’s Divide (Warner),Pink’s Beautiful Trauma (RCA/Sony), Eminem's Revival (Interscope/Universal) and Taylor Swift’sReputation (Big Machine/Universal), respectively.