Teen Mom’s Leah Messer opens up on struggle with ‘complete darkness’ after revealing childhood sexual abuse – The Sun

TEEN Mom 2 star Leah Messer has posted about battling "complete darkness" after revealing she was sexually abused as a child.

The 27-year-old talked about "difficult days" and "moments of struggle" in quotes shared on her Instagram Stories hours after making her shocking abuse admission.

Leah shared one quote that read: "Sometimes there are moments of complete darkness that you must go through to find your way towards healing.

"There will be difficult days, moments of struggle. Some days you'll notice growth, other days you won't."

It concluded: "But if you keep on walking, knowing that the light isn't far away you'll slowly start to notice hope blooming in your heart again."

The mom-of-three also posted a second motivational quote that listed the "eight things to remember when going through tough times".


These included the statements: "Everything can – and will – change. You've overcome challenges before.

"Being kind to yourself is the best medicine. Other people's negativity isn't worth worrying about."

It comes after Leah talked about her childhood sexual abuse and her father's drug addiction during an Instagram Q&A on Friday night to promote her upcoming memoir, Hope, Grace & Faith.

She explained how the “decisions” she made throughout her life will “make sense” to fans once they read the book.

Leah continued: “They’ll understand the childhood drama and co-dependency in relationships. Everything I endured in my childhood from sexual abuse to physical abuse was probably the hardest thing.”

This is the first time Leah has opened up about her childhood abuse. She did not name her perpetrator.

Leah then talked about her father, who appeared on Teen Mom 2 during her wedding to second husband, Jeremy Calvert.

The MTV star explained how he was present in her life until she was six or seven.

She continued: “With the opioid epidemic we are facing today, my dad always ties into that. I started doing my own research on when my dad started struggling with addiction and why he struggled with addiction.

“Come to find out in between 1995 and 1997 they started prescribing oxycodone. It was a highly addictive drug they swore wasn’t an addictive drug. My father broke his neck and back working on bridges in West Virginia. From there he went to some doctor for worker’s comp. That’s how my dad became addicted to the medication and still is to this day.”

Leah revealed she is helping to “provide treatment facilities in West Virginia.”

She added: “Whatever I have to do to do that, I will do. I’ve been there. I went through it. I’ve done it.”

Fortunately for Leah, she revealed the adversity she faced as a child has helped her “thrive” now.

She continued: “I’m giving my daughters the life I always wish I had.”

Leah is mom to twin daughters Ali and Aleeah, 10, with ex-husband Corey Simms, and daughter Adalynn, 7, with former spouse Jeremy.

In 2017, Leah revealed over Twitter that her father, Gary Lee Miller, reached out to her for the first time in a while.

She tweeted at the time: “It’s the same thing every call. Maybe this time he really is going to choose life over death. All I can do is [pray].”

RadarOnline.com reported he was arrested in February 2011 for possession of a controlled substance.

The police report claimed Gary “handed an unknown amount of pills to a female subject outside of Chili’s restaurant.”

Gary explained to authorities he was prescribed Lortab 10mg for “back pain.” He was not prosecuted for the charges.

As Teen Mom fans know, Leah has struggled with substance abuse issues herself.

On the show, ex-husband Corey accused her of drug use when she was caught on camera slurring her words and falling asleep mid-sentence in various scenes.

She checked into rehab in June 2015, though she denied drug abuse rumors at the time.

She insisted she was in treatment for depression and anxiety.

Leah finally admitted her struggle with addiction in 2018 while on the podcast Life Reboot.

She revealed she took Hydrocodone and Percocet after Adalynn’s birth in 2013.

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Paulina Porizkova Opens Up About Her Late Husband Ric Ocasek – 'I Feel Betrayed'

It’s been a little over six months since The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek died at his home of heart-related issues. Although he and his wife, Paulina Porizkova, were in the process of separating, they still lived together.

The 54-year-old model opened up to CBS Sunday Morning recently about her intense grief. Grief at not only losing her husband, but finding out that their having built a life and a family together seemed to not have been considered when he left her out of his will.

In addition, the mother of two revealed another crushing blow she experienced, in this instance, to her career.

Ocasek and Porizkova were over twenty years apart

The musician was 40 years old when he and Porizkova met, and she was nineteen. The Sports Illustrated supermodel told CBS’ Anthony Mason, that, at first, the large age difference did not bother her.

She explained how the couple met.

“I got the part, which was of the girl in the video for a band called The Cars. That ended up being the rest of my life. I met my husband and it was pretty much love at first sight.”

Their age difference was a safety net for Porizkova.

“I loved that security of having a mate that was older and wiser. Rejection and loneliness were such traumatic specters in my life and being with a man who fully possessed me was comforting.”

As they grew older, however, Porizkova sensed Ocasek was no longer invested in their marriage. He was absent while present, according to her.

“Suddenly in our marriage, it seemed like only one of us wanted to be married. And it was me,” she smiled sadly.

“I just know that it’s really hard to be married to somebody if you’re the only one putting in all the work. And maybe it was age, maybe he just was tired. Maybe I took too much energy to love, it’s possible.”

Porizkova’s deep sense of betrayal and her difficulty grieving

Becoming emotional in her conversation with Mason, the model revealed how terrible it was to discover her husband’s body after he’d died. It was a moment she clearly still feels strongly about.

“It was horrifying,” she said. “It was the worst moment of my life.”

She opened up about why they still lived together, although they had been separated since 2017.

“He was still the man that I loved,” Porizkova expressed, “and that I had grown up with, and I couldn’t imagine life without him.”

Telling Mason that she had poured all of her earnings as a model into her marriage with Ocasek, it was then a shock to discover he had not included her in his will.

“It’s made the grieving process really, really tricky,” she said, collecting her emotions, “because I would love to just be able to be sad and miss him. And not also feel this incredible hurt at his betrayal.”

Asked if that was the right word, if she truly felt betrayed, Porizkova confirmed, “Oh yeah, I feel betrayed. I sure do.”

In the end, she realizes she has to make peace with Ocasek’s passing and life, now on her own, for the first time since age nineteen. And it’s a terrifying feeling.

She said, “In a way, this is freeing me. It’s really, really scary. I didn’t necessarily want it but this is what I got. So, I have to learn how to use my wings now.”

The loss to her career she suffered

She shared how posting a selfie on Instagram of her face with no makeup cost her a lucrative deal.

“I did one of my ‘look at me, this is my face without makeup,’ ” she explained, “and I’ve never used Botox or fillers and this job that I was up for, went ‘oh well, we can’t use you, then.”

She shared that her opinion of Botox has changed over the years.

“I used to be kind of judgmental about [Botox]. I used to go, ‘Oh, you know, I can’t believe that anybody’s injecting themselves and changing the way they look.’ ” Porizkova said.

“And now I think, ‘No, you know what? It’s really freaking hard to be a woman. And it’s really freaking hard to be a woman over 50. Because we really get dismissed from the table.’”

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Amy Schumer opens up about her surprising IVF results

Amy Schumer has made no secret of her fertility struggles. The comedian revealed in January that she would be undergoing IVF in order to conceive a child with her husband, Chris Fischer, whom she married in 2018. The couple already have one child, 9-month-old Gene Attell Fischer.

Schumer recently underwent her first egg retrieval and updated fans with the rather surprising results in an Instagram post. “So ivf went like this for us,” wrote Schumer. “They retrieved 35 eggs from me. Not bad for the old gal right? Then 26 fertilized! Whoah right? For all of those we got 1 normal embryo from that and 2 low level mosaic (mosaic means there are some abnormal cells but can still lead to a healthy baby) So we feel lucky we got 1! “

E! News noted that this is a particularly excellent result for a 38-year-old.

Amy Schumer is destigmatizing talking about fertility

Schumer’s candid IVF journey has inspired others to be more open about their own fertility struggles. The comedian previously asked others to share their infertility experiences, which they did in an earlier Instagram post. Schumer thanked the people who shared their stories in her recent update, writing, “They made me feel empowered and supported.”

She added, “So many women go through many rounds of ivf which is painful and mentally grueling. I heard from hundreds of women about my their miscarriages and struggles and also many hopeful stories about how after rounds and rounds of ivf it worked!! It has been really encouraging. Thank you.”

Amy Schumer disclosed her phone number

Amy Schumer concluded her post by asking others to continue to share their IVF stories, even handing out her number for those who wanted to privately share their experiences.

“Anyway I am so grateful for our son and that we have the resources to get help in this way,” she wrote. “I just wanted to share and send love and strength to all of the warrior women who go through this process. My number is in my bio if you are open to text me your experience or whatever you feel like. I read them when I can’t sleep or have time.”

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Jennifer Aniston opens up on feeling 'unsafe' during childhood

Jennifer Aniston has revealed that she felt ‘unsafe’ during her childhood.

The Morning Show star has opened up in a candid interview conducted by Sandra Bullock for Interview Magazine, stating that she had grown up in a ‘destabilized’ household.

‘What is it that allows you to stay buoyant and keep from getting discouraged when things don’t go the right away?’ Bullock asked Jennifer.

To which she replied: ‘I think that it comes from growing up in a household that was destabilized and felt unsafe, watching adults being unkind to each other, and witnessing certain things about human behaviour that made me think: “I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to be that. I don’t want to experience this feeling I’m having in my body right now. I don’t want anyone else that I ever came in contact with ever to feel that.”

‘So I guess I have my parents to thank. You can either be angry or be a martyr, or you can say, “You’ve got lemons? Let’s make lemonade.”’

Jennifer’s parents, Nancy Dow and John Aniston, notably divorced when she was nine years old, and she had previously opened up about her heartbreaking feud with her mother, with the two remaining estranged right up until Nancy’s death in 2016.

The 51-year-old had made parallels to a ‘similar’ mother-daughter relationship that had been portrayed in her 2018 Netflix film Dumplin’.

‘One of the reasons why I really loved the mother-daughter aspect of it [Dumplin’] was because it was very similar in a way to what my mother and our relationship’ she told The Sunday Telegraph in 2018.

‘She was a model and she was all about presentation and what she looked like and what I looked like.’

Jennifer then compared her role as a former beauty queen to a plus-size daughter to that of her relationship with her own mother.

‘I did not come out the model child she’s hoped for and it was something that really resonated with me,’ she said.

‘This little girl just wanting to be loved by a mum that was too occupied with things that didn’t quite matter.’

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Lady Gaga’s Mother Opens Up About Her Pop Star Daughter’s Mental Health Journey

Lady Gaga’s mother shared insight into her superstar daughter’s lifelong journey with managing her mental health.

Cynthia Germanotta revealed the difficulties of raising a teenage daughter dealing with depression on the Today show’s digital series Through Mom’s Eyes, hosted by Sheinelle Jones. Per People, according to Germanotta, a young Gaga dealt with severe bullying while attending school, starting at a very young age.

“In middle school, because she was unique, she started experiencing a lot of struggles,” said Germanotta. “You know, feeling isolated from events. Humiliated. Taunted. And she would start to question herself and become doubtful of her own abilities. And that’s when she developed depression.” Germanotta admitted that she and her husband, Joe Germanotta, did their best to help Gaga cope, but as parents, didn’t always know the best ways to go about helping their daughter.

“I felt where I made mistakes was I didn’t really know the warning signs to look for,” admitted Germanotta.

After Gaga’s sudden rise to fame, the singer and her mother started the Born This Way Foundation, which aims to help the next generation of youth conquer and control their struggles with mental health. Germanotta shared that at first, she wasn’t sure why her daughter decided to be so open about the emotional hardships in her life, but then realized that her transparency with revealing her struggles ended up eventually helping her heal.

Lady Gaga has spoken out previously about living with PTSD, being a survivor of sexual assault, and grappling with suicidal ideation.

“I wish there had been a system in place to protect and guide me. A system in place to empower me to say no to things I felt I had to do. A system in place to empower me to stay away from toxic working environments or working with people that were of seriously questionable character,” said Gaga during an awards acceptance speech last year. “There were days I struggled or couldn’t make it to work, and I don’t want that for other artists, or for anyone.”

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