Mariah Carey, M.I.A. and Mindy Kaling are among the stars to send prayers to the people of Sri Lanka after a series of co-ordinated explosions killed more than 200 on Easter Sunday (21Apr19). Officials estimate at least 207 people died in the bombings of four hotels and three churches, where holiday services were being held, in and around the capital of Colombo and in the city of Batticaloa, where 450 others were injured. The news prompted a string of celebrities to take to social media to express their shock and sadness at the headlines. "Sri Lanka, my heart is with you. I'm praying for everyone affected by this horrible tragedy. Stay strong," tweeted Mariah Carey, as rapper M.I.A., whose parents hail from the South Asian nation. Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds shared, "heartbroken for the people of Sri Lanka. there are no words that could possibly bring comfort or understanding at times like these - I can only offer my deepest sorrow and love along with the millions of others mourning today." Ciara tweeted, "Praying for you Sri Lanka. My heart is crushed," and Kelly Rowland took to Instagram to write, "On this Resurrection Sunday, I'd like to take the time to simply send love and prayers to Sri Lanka...! Today, please take the time and say a prayer for Sri Lanka! Praying for my brothers and sisters through Christ!" Meanwhile, actress Mindy Kaling, whose family is of Indian heritage, shared a link to a Washington Post article about the tragedy, and urged fans to "think about including these people in your prayers" on Easter Sunday. "I'm Hindu, but Easter is one of the most moving and beautiful holidays," she posted. "I do believe in the power of prayer, even from strangers half the world away." There were also tributes from world leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump and former leader Barack Obama, as well as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Olivia Newton-John finds relief from the pain of stage 4 breast cancer with cannabis grown at home by her husband. The Physical singer was first diagnosed with the disease in 1992, and beat it, but the cancer returned and metastasized to her lower back in 2017. Now Olivia, 70, is relying on husband John Easterling, a natural health practitioner, to help her overcome the illness again, with the Australian star taking advantage of marijuana's legalization in California to grow the herbal medicinal remedy on their ranch property outside Los Angeles. “I decided I would use everything I could to get stronger,” she tells People magazine. “My husband hands me all these herbs every morning and makes me a green algae drink. He grows the (marijuana) plants and makes them into liquid for me. I take drops maybe four to five times a day.” Olivia admits she was “a little nervous” to use the drug initially, but admits her pain decreased as she took it. “It has helped incredibly with pain maintenance and sleep," she shares. Olivia's daughter Chloe has also embraced cannabis culture and runs a weed farm in Oregon, a state where the herb is also legalized. “It’s an amazing plant, a maligned plant, but it’s helping so many people," the Grease star insists. In addition to curative natural treatments like cannabis, Olivia has received radiation care at her Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia, and she keeps up a positive mindset through daily meditation. “The first time I had breast cancer in 1992, I had a transcendental meditation teacher come and give me a mantra, and Deepak Chopra, who was a friend, gave me a mantra," she recalls. "I pray. I meditate. I manage to find stillness just being in nature or playing with my dog or going down and playing with my little mini horses or chickens. I love animals. I find calmness in that." Olivia opens up even further about her pathway to wellness in her new memoir, Don't Stop Believin', which will be released on 12 March (19).
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.
Pete Davidson has scrapped a stand-up gig at Temple University's Comedy Night Live after ending his engagement to Ariana Grande. The comedian has pulled out of the upcoming college show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania due to "personal reasons". The Saturday Night Live star's romance with the singer fell apart over the weekend (12-14Oct18), and Ariana has already returned her $100,000 engagement ring to her former fiance. The couple confirmed the engagement news in June (18), a month after Davidson and Ariana started dating. Adam Devine will replace Davidson at the Temple University event. Meanwhile, Grande appears to be struggling on the set of her upcoming Wicked 15th anniversary TV special following her latest love split. The pop star reportedly missed the dress rehearsal on Tuesday (16Oct18), a day after returning to work on A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway, which airs on 29 October (18) in America. "Can't believe I almost let my anxiety ruin this for me today!" the singer captioned an Instagram photo of herself in full make-up backstage. "Not today Satan! Not tomorrow or the next day either not no more u can suck my big green d**k (sic)." She went on to promise fans she was going to "sing my heart out and be a big walking vessel of love". But People.com sources claim she was a no-show. Grande, who is a huge fan of the Wizard of Oz prequel musical, will join original Wicked stars Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, and Adam Lambert and Pentatonix for the TV special.