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Energy drink can keep calling itself GaGa
Lady Gaga has lost a lawsuit against an Austrian businessman selling an energy drink called GaGa.
Lady Gaga got some bad news this week when she lost a patent lawsuit with an Austrian businessman selling a drink called GaGa, which he says was not named after the singer and has nothing to do with her.
According to The Local, when Adam Galirow and his wife came up with their recipe for a caffeinated energy drink that contains probiotics and stevia, they named it GaGa as an abbreviation of their surname, Galirow-Galirow. But the GaGa name looks and is pronounced exactly like Lady Gaga’s moniker, so her lawyers sent a letter telling Galirow to change the drink’s name or face a lawsuit.
But Galirow is in the clear, because the patent office just declared that Galirow’s drink is just fine as it is, because Galirow had patented the drink under the name GaGa back in 2011. Lady Gaga was already very famous at the time, but she had not patented her stage name for use in the soft drinks, beer, and mineral waters category. Galirow did patent his drink in that category, and the patent office said nobody was likely to confuse Lady Gaga the singer with a can of GaGa energy drink.
Gas Monkey Bar files $6M defamation suit against founder and TV star Richard Rawlings
5:22 PM on Jun 15, 2018 CDT
Updated at 8:50 p.m. Friday: Revised to include statement from Richard Rawlings' attorney.
The popular Dallas restaurant and music venue Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill is suing its founder, Richard Rawlings, for defamation and "deliberate and deceitful attempts" to get out of his contract, according to a lawsuit.
The lawsuit, which is seeking $6 million in damages, was filed Thursday on behalf of the bar and its managing member, Daniel Flaherty, against Rawlings, the production company for his Discovery Channel reality car show Fast N' Loud, and Gas Monkey Holdings.
Rawlings' lawyer said in a statement that the claim does not have merit.
"Gas Monkey Bar has been in breach of our license agreement since Day 1, we've tried to resolve these issues for the past five years, we terminated the relationship when it became clear they were unwilling and incapable of fulfilling their contractual obligations, and it's obvious that this is nothing more than a fabricated claim as a last-ditch effort to try to get back the license," said Austin Champion, the attorney representing Rawlings.
The production company Pilgrim Films and Television, and the attorneys representing the northwest Dallas bar and Flaherty could not be reached for comment.
Problems with Rawlings began before the bar near his Gas Monkey Garage even opened for business five years ago, the lawsuit says.
During its construction, bar employee Tim Hinkhouse wrote in a May 2013 email, "Richard has been extremely disruptive . His treatment of the construction workers was beyond unacceptable . His behavior is that of a spoiled 13 year old," according to the lawsuit.
After several instances of Rawlings interrupting and halting construction, the lawsuit says, Flaherty banned him from the construction site so the job could be completed.
Since the bar and music venue's opening in September 2013, "Rawlings has consistently tried to insert himself into their operations and usurp control" from Flaherty, according to the suit.
The lawsuit also alleges Rawlings has been slanderous about the bar and made "baseless accusations" that Flaherty, who lives in Coppell, was stealing from him.
In 2015, Rawlings wrote an email to Flaherty about incomplete or missing financial records, the suit says. Flaherty responded by telling Rawlings he was welcome to sit down and look at the records himself, but Rawlings said he didn't think the records existed.
The suit says that Rawlings made defamatory statements about Flaherty and the bar to other people and that Flaherty confronted Rawlings about it in an email he sent July 21, 2016, that said: "You were slamming me about being dishonest and stealing from you . As I have told you for the last 2 years you are welcome to audit the books at any time."
Rawlings sent a reply that said, "My mistake for mixing drinking and emotions. Sorry for that," according to the suit.
When a third-party buyer was about to finalize a deal to obtain the rights to Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill and Gas Monkey Live in 2017, the lawsuit says Rawlings accused Flaherty and the bar of dishonesty and stealing his money, which caused the agreement to fall through.
This transpired after Rawlings tried to buy the rights to the bar and music venue himself in 2016 but was unable to because of insufficient funds, the suit says.
The lawsuit also alleges Rawlings and Pilgrim Films and Television are considering opening their own Gas Monkey-themed entertainment venue in Connecticut and are "misappropriating" the bar's restaurant concept in doing so.
Bud Light brewer Anheuser-Busch accuses MillerCoors of stealing its beer recipes
In the latest escalation of the legal battle between Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors, the Bud Light brewer is accusing its rival of stealing secret recipes for its beers, including Michelob Ultra and Bud Light.
MillerCoors, the U.S. subsidiary of Molson Coors, first filed a lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch in March after its rival aired a Super Bowl commercial that shamed Miller Lite and Coors Light for using corn syrup. In September, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against Anheuser-Busch, preventing the beer giant from using Bud Light packaging that says "no corn syrup." Anheuser-Busch is appealing the decision.
In a redacted counterclaim filed Thursday, the Bud Light brewer alleges that a former employee who now works at a MillerCoors brewery in Colorado was obtaining information from current Anheuser-Busch employees who were violating confidentiality agreements in the days before and after the Super Bowl. Some of his questions involved the use of corn syrup in the brewing process, Anheuser-Busch claims in the filing.
Senior executives from MillerCoors were asking for the information, and CEO Gavin Hattersley was included on email chains about the findings, the filing alleges.
MillerCoors has also allegedly produced documents that show the recipes for Bud Light and Michelob Ultra as part of its ongoing case against Anheuser-Busch. Anheuser-Busch believes that those recipes were printouts of screen shots that were folded up, taken out of its brewery and send via text.
Anheuser-Busch's filing called these recipes "extraordinarily valuable," citing Bud Light's status as the bestselling beer in the U.S. and Michelob Ultra's as the fastest growing.
"We will enforce our right to uncover how high up this may reach in the MillerCoors organization," Anheuser-Busch said in a statement. "We take our trade secrets seriously and will protect them to the fullest extent of the law."
MillerCoors spokesman Adam Collins said in a statement that Anheuser-Busch has lost three rulings in the case and is trying to distract from the fact that they misled American consumers.
"MillerCoors respects confidential information and takes any contrary allegations seriously, but if the ingredients are a secret, why did they spend tens of millions of dollars telling the entire world what's in Bud Light? And why are the ingredients printed on Bud Light's packaging in giant letters?" Collins said.
$25M suit blames energy, boat companies in fatal capsizing
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The offshore oil industry boat that overturned in a deadly Gulf of Mexico disaster last week was ordered to sea in dangerous conditions by an energy company that put “money over safety,” a pair of $25 million lawsuits assert.
The lawsuits were filed in Texas state court in Houston by a lawyer for Hannah Daspit and Krista Vercher, both of Louisiana. Daspit's husband, Dylan Daspit, and Vercher's fiance, Jay Guevara, were among the 19 people working on the boat when it overturned in stormy weather April 13. Six people were rescued, and six bodies had been recovered and identified as of Friday afternoon. Dylan Daspit and Guevara were among seven missing and presumed dead.
Haspit filed suit Wednesday in Texas state court in Houston. Vercher, suing on behalf of herself and Guevara's child, sued Friday. Both suits, filed by attorney Francis Spagnoletti, fault Talos Energy as well as lift boat operator Seacor Marine LLC and its affiliate Seacor Lifftboats LLC for the fatal accident.
They are the first of what is expected to be numerous lawsuits filed over the capsizing of the Seacor Power, a 234-foot-long (71-meter-long) lift boat. The vessel was en route from Port Fourchon, Louisiana, to a Talos platform when it overturned.
“Dylan Daspit lost his life in the tragic capsizing of the vessel, for the decision of these Defendants to put money over his life,” the Daspit lawsuit said.
The similarly worded lawsuit filed Friday says “Krista Vercher lost her better half,” and adds that Guevara's child lost his father.
The lawsuits involve issues likely to be critical in a National Transportation Safety Board investigation, which is expected to take as long as two years, and in litigation. They include the role of the weather in the capsizing, whether the vessel should have put to sea despite forecasts of storms and who should be held responsible.
The suits list numerous allegations against the companies, including that they failed to adequately assess weather conditions and failed to have an emergency plan. The suits specifically accuse Talos of “ordering the vessel to sea in unsafe conditions as the charterer.”
Seacor did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday. A spokesman for Talos said the company does not comment on litigation. The company, however, had already addressed the decision to leave port before the lawsuit was filed.
“The Seacor Power was in port for service and inspections for several days prior to its departure," the company said Saturday in answer to a query by The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate. "The vessel was not at a Talos facility and was fully under the command of its captain and Seacor Marine, including when to depart the port.” The statement was confirmed Friday by spokesman Brian Grove.
The captain of the vessel, David Ledet, 63, was among the dead. He is not mentioned in the lawsuit.
National Weather Service forecasts and advisories archived by Iowa State University show a special marine warning for the waters off Port Fourchon shortly after noon on April 13. It warned of a thunderstorm in the area with winds in excess of 34 knots (39 mph or 63 km/h), which are tropical storm force winds, and “suddenly higher waves.”
“Boats could sustain damage or capsize. Make sure all on board are wearing life jackets. Return to safe harbor if possible,” the warning said.
Still, there was no indication before the boat's departure at 1:30 p.m. of the winds in excess of 80 mph (129 km/h), which are well beyond hurricane strength, and waves 7 to 9 feet high (2.1 to 2.7 meters) that the Coast Guard said the boat encountered about the time it overturned after 4 p.m.
John Gellert, president of Seacor, has said the forecasts did not portend weather the boat was incapable of handling.
“The weather they were forecasted to encounter was well within the limits of the vessel. The weather that they encountered was well beyond the forecast, as far as we know, at this time,” he said during a news conference Monday.
Gellert said then that the decision on whether to go or not was up to the captain. He also said Ledet had the company’s full support.
Maricopa County's GOP recorder: There's 'no legitimate reason' for audit
Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer on Monday said he had no choice but to get vocal about his opposition to the audit of the 2.1 million ballots cast in his county during the November presidential election. Arizona's GOP-led state Senate used subpoenas to get the ballots, voting machines, and personal information on voters, and hired a Florida-based cybersecurity firm called the Cyber Ninjas to run the audit. There is no "legitimate reason that would have prompted this audit," Richer, a Republican, told ABC News Live's The Breakdown. "It's happening, not because the evidence merits it. All the tests came back clean. The parties themselves oversaw the hand count auditing of 47,000 plus votes." Cyber Ninjas has no experience with elections, and its CEO tweeted in support of former President Donald Trump's false claim that he really won Arizona, not President Biden. Richer said it was "frustrating" that "some professional, legitimate companies did make bids to the Arizona Senate to do this work and we would have welcomed that." The audit will cost taxpayers millions, as Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said the chain of custody was broken with the voting machines, and since elections officials don't know what Cyber Ninjas may have done to the machines, they can't be used in future elections. Richer told The Breakdown he planned on remaining silent during the audit, but when an anonymous Twitter account falsely accused Maricopa County of deleting voter files — a claim that Trump was quick to amplify — it "crossed the line. I wanted to stay out of this, but when the good workers of Maricopa County — who are my friends, my teammates, my staff — are accused of unlawfully destroying evidence under my watch, then I had to say something." Maricopa County, he added, is now determining whether it can pursue charges of defamation. More stories from theweek.com5 riotously funny cartoons about GOP resistance to the January 6 CommissionThe myth of bipartisanshipUnder new Florida law, social media companies can be fined for banning political candidates
Tata Steel to continue salaries for Covid victims' families in India
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'I used to scream and throw myself against a wall, and you know why its not good to cut, throw yourself against a wall and self-harm because it makes you feel worse.'
She also said that amid her emotional journey, she's recently had to deal with impulses towards self-harm, explaining the rationale behind it.
She said: 'Even if I have six brilliant months, all it takes is getting triggered once to feel bad. And when I say I feel bad, I mean I want to cut.
'Think about dying. Wondering if I’m ever going to do it. I learned all the ways to pull myself out of it.'
Shocking: Gaga revealed that she had a complete psychotic break and was still working through her breakdown when she accepted her Best Original Song Oscar in 2019
'You know why it's not good to cut?' she said. 'You know why it's not good to throw yourself against the wall? You know why it's not good to self-harm? Because it makes you feel worse.
'You think you're going to feel better because you're showing somebody, "Look, I'm in pain." It doesn't help.'
The process to recovery was a lengthy one, with Gaga confessing that she was still working through her breakdown when she accepted her Best Original Song Oscar for A Star Is Born's Shallow in 2019.
'It all started to slowly change, it took two and a half years to pull myself out of it', she explained. 'In that time I won an Oscar - and nobody knew!'
Trauma: Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, explained that there's no such thing as an easy fix when it comes to mental health, and she still has to work on herself
Offering advice to anyone in a similar situation who may be struggling, she said: 'It's so important to surround yourself with at least one person who validates you. There is a way to regulate yourself.'
Revealing how she helps herself, Gaga explained: 'If I focus and I go "ok I'm going to wake up and do therapy or grounding or gratitude and I'm going to move my body and eat and do things I know are healthy for my body. If I do enough of these steps in a row, I keep going.
'I go "Stefani be brave, you gotta be braver". And then before I know it I'm standing in my backyard and I go "Ok I'm back"'.
Candid: Gaga said that amid her emotional journey, she's recently had to deal with impulses towards self-harm, explaining the rationale behind it
Despite feeling in a better place now, Gaga still has to work on herself every day, and she explained: 'The line that I walk it's actually feeling like I want to cut myself and feeling like I don't, are actually real close together.
'Everybody thinks it's going to be like a straight line, that it's like every other virus, that you get sick and then you get cured, you know? It's not like that.
'And actually, I think that traps people because you get frustrated with yourself, "why am I not getting better, what is wrong with me?"
'And you know what? There's nothing wrong with you. But there is something that's not firing right, and that's not easy'.
Heartbreaking: Gaga said she had a 'total psychotic break' when she was raped by a music producer and left pregnant aged 19 (pictured in 2005 aged 19)
During the documentary, Gaga shared her harrowing account of being abused and assaulted while trying to launch her music career.
Gaga recalled: 'I was 19 years old, and I was working in the business, and a producer said to me, "Take your clothes off".'
'And I said "no". And I left, and they told me they were going to burn all of my music. And they didn't stop. They didn't stop asking me, and I just froze and . I don't even remember.'
Details: The singer spoke about the traumatic event during an appearance on The Me You Can't See, Prince Harry and Oprah's new show exploring mental health
Gaga, who has never mentioned the producer's name for fear of seeing him again, said she blacked out amid the assault, and purged herself by being physically sick for an extended period as a way of coping with the pain.
'I was sick for weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks after, and I realized that it was the same pain that I felt when the person who raped me dropped me off pregnant on a corner,' she said.
She said she was 'at [her] parents' house amid the illness because she was 'being abused' and 'locked away in a studio for months.'
Gaga said the incident left her scarred physically and emotionally, which lingers to this day.
Distressing: In the chat, the superstar singer said she felt physical numbness in the wake of the attack to cope with the trauma
The singer said a doctor advised her to see a psychiatrist for her chronic pain, leading to her diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
She continued: 'Years later I went to a hospital and they brought a psychiatrist in and I said "bring me a real doctor, why is there a psych here I can't feel my body?"
'First I felt full-on pain then I went numb and then I was sick for weeks and weeks after and I realised that it was the same pain that I felt when the person who raped me dropped me off pregnant on the corner, my parents house, because I was vomiting.
'I'd been abused, locked away in a studio for months.
Inner turmoil: Gaga said she was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as she struggled to cope with the trauma in the years after the attack (pictured in 2009)
'I wanna be able to tell everyone watching that I dry my tears now and move on, and you can come back from things like that.
'But when it hits you rally hard it can change you. I couldn't feel anything, I disassociated, my brain went offline but you are in an ultra state of paranoia.'
She continued: 'I had a total psychotic break, and for a couple years, I was not the same girl. The way that I feel when I feel pain was how I felt after I was raped. I've had so many MRIs and scans where they don't find nothing. But your body remembers.'
Ongoing battle: Gaga opened up on how the incident left her scarred physically and emotionally, which lingers to this day
Gaga insisted she isn't looking for pity and just wants to tell her story to help others.
She said: 'I don’t tell this story for my own self-service, because, to be honest, it’s hard to tell. I feel a lot of shame about it. How do I explain to people that I have privilege, I’ve got money, I’ve got power, and I’m miserable? How do you do that?
'I’m not here to tell my story to you because I want anybody to cry for me. I’m good. But open your heart up for somebody else. Because I’m telling you, I’ve been through it and people need help. So, that’s part of my healing, being able to talk to you.'
Gaga has formed a close bond with Oprah and the singer spoke about her mental health in an interview last year for the television personality's 2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus tour.
Speaking out: Gaga has formed a close bond with Oprah and the singer spoke about her mental health in an interview last year for Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus (pictured)
The songstress said as well as being diagnosed with PTSD, she received a diagnosis of fibromyalgia - a condition that causes widespread pain and extreme tiredness.
She said: 'I was raped repeatedly when I was 19 years old, and I also developed PTSD as a result of being raped and also not processing that trauma.
'I did not have anyone help me, I did not have a therapist, I did not have a psychiatrist, I did not have a doctor help me through it', she said.
'I all of a sudden became a star and was traveling the world going from hotel room to garage to limo to stage, and I never dealt with it, and then all of a sudden I started to experience this incredible intense pain throughout my entire body that mimicked the illness I felt after I was raped.'
Gaga said how, after seeking help, she has found that medication has helped her.
Brave: She said: 'I was raped repeatedly when I was 19 years old, and I also developed PTSD as a result of being raped and also not processing that trauma'
She told Oprah: 'Medication has helped me tremendously. I take an anti-psychotic. [If I didn't take it] I would spiral very frequently and I would spasm in my sleep.'
The New York City native previously opened up about her experience in an interview with Howard Stern in 2014, saying that it inspired her song Swing.
She said: ' I went through some horrific things that I'm able to laugh [at] now, because I've gone through a lot of mental and physical therapy and emotional therapy to heal over the years.
'My music's been wonderful for me. But, you know, I was a shell of my former self at one point. I was not myself.
'To be fair, I was about 19. I went to Catholic school and then all this crazy stuff happened, and I was going, "Oh, is this just the way adults are?". I was very naive.'
Using her voice: Gaga insisted she isn't looking for pity and just wants to tell her story to help others
What is post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.
People with PTSD often suffer nightmares and flashbacks to the traumatic event and can experience insomnia and an inability to concentrate.
Symptoms are often severe enough to have a serious impact on the person’s day-to-day life, and can emerge straight after the traumatic event or years later.
PTSD is thought to affect about one in every three people who have a traumatic experience, and was first documented in the First World War in soldiers with shell shock.
People who are worried they have PTSD should visit their GP, who could recommend a course of psychotherapy or anti-depressants, the NHS say.
Asked if she had ever confronted the rapist, who was 20 years older than her, she said: 'I think it would terrify me. It would paralyse me.
'I saw him one time in a store and I was so paralysed by fear. Because it wasn't until I was a little bit older that I went, "Wow, that was really messed up."'
The Bad Romance singer told Stern that she did no speak about the assault at the time it has occurred, as she 'was so traumatized by it that I just had to keep going and get out of there'.
She added: 'It happens every day and it’s really scary and it’s sad and you know, it didn’t affect me as much right after as it did about four or five years later. It was so hard.'
Gaga said that she initially 'wasn’t even willing to admit that anything had even happened,' as she didn't 'want to be defined by it.
'I’ll be damned if somebody’s going to say that every creatively intelligent thing that I ever did is all boiled down to one d—head that did that to me. I’m going to take responsibility for all my pain looking beautiful … I did that.'
In an interview with In Style last year, Gaga spoke about her mental health, six years after sharing her harrowing story.
'I think it took me some time to grieve about the things that have happened to me, and I couldn’t be angry with myself for how long it took,' she said.
'I've been depressed and been at the grocery store and seen photos of myself and gone, "Well, I look like everything is good". But I was secretly freaking out, and the world had no idea. Or some people in the world.
The singer added: 'I hate using that phrase "the world", it’s so egocentric to assume the whole world thinks about or knows about me. It doesn’t.'
Tough: In an interview with Oprah on his new show, Prince Harry revealed when he tried to ask his family for help when Meghan claimed she was feeling suicidal he was 'met with silence'
Meanwhile, in candid interviews with Oprah Winfrey on his new show, Prince Harry revealed he was discouraged from discussing his mental health as a child following the sudden death of his mother, and when he tried to ask his family for help more recently — when Meghan claimed she was feeling suicidal — he was 'met with total silence' and neglect.
He said: 'I thought my family would help, but every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, just got met with total silence, total neglect.
'We spent four years trying to make it work. We did everything that we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job. But Meghan was struggling.'
Harry said the way Meghan was feeling reminded him of his own mother's final days.
Claims: Harry said his family tried to prevent him and Megan from leaving when she was having suicidal thoughts
'History was repeating itself,' Harry told Oprah. 'My mother was chased to her death while she was in a relationship with someone who wasn’t white. And now look what’s happened.
'It’s incredibly triggering to potentially lose another woman in my life. Like, the list is growing. And it all comes back to the same people, the same business model, the same industry,' he said.
The prince discussed his failure to process the grief from the death of his mother the helplessness he felt to protect her his dependence on drugs and alcohol to numb the pain his anxiety and sense of being trapped in the palace and how therapy helped him 'break the cycle.'
Breaking down in tears: Oprah cried as she spoke to Harry during the emotional interview
'For me, therapy has equipped me to be able to take on anything,' he said.
When asked if he has any regrets, he says it is not taking a stand earlier in his relationship with Meghan.
'Eventually when I made that decision for my family, I was still told, ‘You can’t do this,' Harry recounted to Oprah. 'And it’s like, "Well how bad does it have to get until I am allowed to do this?" She [Markle] was going to end her life. It shouldn’t have to get to that.'
Trauma: Harry said he felt like history was repeating itself when Megan felt suicidal, reminding him of the death of his mother. He is pictured, right, with his brother, William, at Princess Diana's funeral in 1997
The stand-out feature of the show comes as a 13-year-old Harry is seen watching his mother's coffin - that of Diana, Princess of Wales - passing him during her funeral in London in 1997.
Prince Charles can be seen speaking to his heartbroken son as a female voiceover says over dramatic music: 'Treating people with dignity is the first act'.
Harry tells Oprah: 'To make that decision to receive help is not a sign of weakness. In today's world more than ever, it is a sign of strength.'
The show also had interviews with actress Glenn Close and US talk show queen Oprah herself as well as a feature on a Syrian refugee named Fawzi, described as a hero on the program.
Prince Harry is reportedly not being paid for his involvement in the series and according to Hello!, is said to have chosen to have donations made to mental health charities in exchange for his involvement in the programme.
Along with Winfrey, the Duke of Sussex is an executive producer of The Me You Can't See, which premiered on Apple TV+ on Friday.
Can they work it out? Experts have said they now expect Harry to talk about his family again and his and his wife's decision to quit as frontline royals in the upcoming documentary
'I am psychologically traumatised': Glenn Close, 74, says growing up in a cult caused all her relationships to fail as she makes emotional appearance on Prince Harry's Apple TV+ doc
Glenn Close has revealed the 'devastating' impact of growing up in a cult.
Making an emotional appearance on Prince Harry and Oprah's new Apple TV+ mental health docuseries, The Me You Can't See, the 74-year-old actress spoke candidly about her childhood trauma.
When she was still a child Glenn's late father Dr William Taliaferro Close became enamoured with a conservative new religious group Moral Re-Armament.
Eventually he moved the family to the organization's headquarters in Switzerland, effectively cutting Glenn off from the life she once knew.
Candid: Glenn Close revealed the 'devastating' impact of growing up in a cult in an emotional appearance on Prince Harry and Oprah's new Apple TV+ mental health docuseries
Speaking about her traumatic experience on the show, Glenn said: 'I was in this group called MRA and it was basically a cult, everyone spouted the same things and there's a lot of rules, a lot of control.
'Because of how we were raised, anything you thought you'd do for yourself was considered selfish. We never went on any vacations or had any collective memories of stuff other than what we went through, which was really awful.'
Detailing the impact this had on her mental health, Glenn explained: 'We were so broken up. It's astounding that something you go through at such a young stage in your life still has such a potential to be destructive.
'I think that's childhood trauma, because of the devastation, emotional and psychological, of the cult.'
Emotional: Glenn, who has been married three times, stated, 'I have not been successful in my relationships and finding a permanent partner and I'm sorry about that'
Childhood: When Glenn was seven, her parents entered the controversial international spiritual movement Moral Re-Armament (pictured centre with sister Tina and her parents)
Glenn, who has been married three times, added: 'I have not been successful in my relationships and finding a permanent partner and I'm sorry about that.
'I think it's our natural state to be connected like that. I don't think you ever change your trigger points but at least you can be aware of them and at least you can maybe avoid situations that might make you vulnerable, especially in relationships'.
Laughing, she added: 'It's probably why we all have our dogs!'
Second marriage: Glenn was married to businessman James Marlas from 1984 to 1987 (pictured in 1984) after leaving the cult
When Glenn was seven, her parents entered the controversial international spiritual movement Moral Re-Armament – revolving around the idea that changing the world begins with change in the individual – founded in 1938 by the Rev Frank Buchman, an evangelical fundamentalist from Pennsylvania.
Glenn and her siblings were sent to live at the group's headquarters in Switzerland for two years while their father was in Africa, and the family would remain part of MRA for 15 years.
Glenn was left having nightmares about her time with MRA and has spoken openly of the time she's spent in therapy, while her sister Jessie grew up with mental health issues and had several disastrous marriages before being diagnosed as bipolar in her 50s.
Third marriage: In 2015, Glenn divorced her third husband David Shaw in 2015 after nine years of marriage
It was while she was in the movement that Glenn sang with the ultra-clean-cut group Up With People, and it was there too that she met her first two husbands.
The first marriage, which she has called 'a kind of arranged marriage', ended before she even left MRA. She wed Cabot Wade, a guitarist and songwriter in 1969, with the couple divorcing three years later.
She finally broke with MRA – she's never spoken of how – to enter the prestigious College of William and Mary in Virginia to study drama at the age of 22.
During this time she was married to businessman James Marlas from 1984 to 1987.
Former flame: Glenn has also been in relationships with actor Len Cariou and producer John Starke (pictured) with whom she has a daughter Annie, 27
Proud mother: Glenn's daughter Annie Starke, 33, is also an actress and the pair have a strong bond with one another
In 2015, Glenn divorced her third husband David Shaw in 2015 after nine years of marriage.
WHO ARE THE MORAL RE-ARMAMENT GROUP?
Glenn's family joined the Moral Re-Armament (MRA) when she was seven.
In 2001, the movement was renamed Initiatives of Change,
The group is an international moral and spiritual movement developed from American minister Frank Buchman's Oxford Group - a Christian organisation.
Initiatives of Change has spiritual roots but no religious affiliation, and invites 'those with a faith. both to explore the roots of their own tradition, and to discover and respect the beliefs of others.'
Initiatives of Change has programs in over 60 countries including the US, India, UK and Switzerland.
They describe themselves as 'a world-wide movement of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, who are committed to the transformation of society through changes in human motives and behaviour, starting with their own.'
Glenn has also been in relationships with actor Len Cariou and producer John Starke, with whom she has a daughter Annie, 27.
She was also engaged for four years to carpenter Steve Beer whom she met while starring in Sunset Boulevard on Broadway in the mid-1990s.
The actress was also romantically linked to actor Robert Pastorelli who found fame as Candice Bergen's house painter in the TV series Murpy Brown.
The pair met in 1999 and Pastorelli went on to star opposite Close in a TV version of the musical South Pacific in 2001 and on stage opposite her in a 2002 production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
Pastorelli was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home in 2004 at the age of 49.
Elsewhere in the interview, Glenn spoke about the mental health problems that have plagued her family, including her sister's battle with bipolar and her nephew's schizophrenia diagnosis.
Reflecting on her decision to stay separate from Hollywood and return to Montana to be along her family, she said: 'H ere I am at this point in my life after 45 years that I've been an actress, getting comfort and companionship on a regular basis from my family. I've come home to them'.
Glenn grew up alongside elder sisters Tina and younger sibling Jessie, who battled with her own mental health demons throughout her life.
Glenn said being around her sisters has kept her 'psychologically grounded', but grew emotional as she spoke about Jessie's struggles.
Jessie was diagnosed with bipolar at the age of 50 after a lifetime of struggling with suicidal thoughts.
Glenn recalled: 'Jessie was always considered the wild one, the rebel, but when she came up to me one summer at my parents house in Wyoming, her kids were already in the car, and she came up to me and said "I need help, I can't stop thinking about killing myself", and for me it was a shock.
'She ended up in hospital I took her there. She was finally at age 50 properly diagnosed with bipolar one with psychotic tendencies.'
Speaking out: Elsewhere in the interview, Glenn spoke about the mental health problems that have plagued her family, including her sister's battle with bipolar
Welling up, Glenn continued: 'Jessie told me that she was afraid if parents found out that she had bipolar,they wouldn't let their children play with her daughter '.
Jessie then addressed the camera to add: 'I still have a little hesitation and embarrassment when I say I'm depressive bipolar one.
'I'm quite steady now, I no longer have psychotic thoughts. I had a swirl going round my brain telling me to kill myself until I was on the proper medication. It's not fun having a voice in your head telling you to commit suicide all the time, and if it wasn't for my children I probably would have.'
Jessie then spoke about more mental illness in their family, revealing that her eldest son Calen had been hospitalised for two years with schizophrenia and her battle to ensure he was cared for.
Family unit: Glenn (centre) grew up alongside elder sisters Tina (left) and younger sibling Jessie (right) who battled with her own mental health demons throughout her life.
'It was a generational issue': Robin Williams' son Zak, 38, says his battle with addiction mirrored his late fathers and vows to 'break the cycle' with his own son on Prince Harry's Apple TV+ doc
Robin Williams' son has claimed his struggle with drink and drugs was 'generational' as he noted the similarities with his father's addiction battle.
Appearing on Prince Harry and Oprah's new Apple TV+ mental health docuseries, The Me You Can't See, Zak Williams, 38, also vowed to 'break the cycle' now that he is a father himself.
Zak's late father Robin had a widely documented battle with addiction before he was found dead in his home in 2014 from suicide aged 63 .
Robin had publicly acknowledged his issues and even managed a 20-year stint of sobriety before relapsing.
Mirrored: Robin Williams' son has claimed his struggle with drink and drugs was 'generational' as he noted the similarities with his father's battle (pictured in 2008)
However, Zak revealed that he too struggled with his own demons, and continued to use abusive substances throughout his father's life.
He explained: 'There's a generational issue going on. I've experienced mental health issues my entire life.
'I had obsessive compulsive disorder - having to count out certain actions before I went to bed at night, obsessing over things. I didn't sleep very much as a kid.
'I had really bad insomnia, a lot of energy and a racing mind and I inherited that to some degree.'
New man: Appearing on Prince Harry and Oprah's new Apple TV+ mental health docuseries, The Me You Can't See, Zak Williams, 38, also vowed to 'break the cycle' now that he is a father
Explaining how that lead to drug abuse, he continued: 'As an adolescent I found using alcohol and drugs helped me calm my mind.
'It became a very normal experience to rely on them and things like that to manage the racing mind.
'I started to realise elements of myself that were like him [Robin]. My anxiety, my bouts of depression, OCD, drugs, drinking like him.
'When I wasn't self-medicating, things felt completely overwhelming for me. And it just became part of my identity to get through the day.'
Heartbreaking: Zak's late father Robin had a widely documented battle with addiction before he was found dead in his home in 2014 from suicide (pictured in 2008)
Noting yet more similarities with his father, Zak continued: 'The weird thing for me is I would use uppers, cocaine and the like to calm down. I talked to my dad about it, he was similar.
'He would use uppers as a way of focusing, relaxing. We began to have a deeper, more profound understanding of one another is when he decided to stop drinking, which is around the time that I first realised I had a problem.
'So we engaged around that. I wanted to be able to get to know him better, I didn't understand what he had been through.'
Zak went on to note that he noticed the 'frustration' in his father after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's, saying the comedian was 'slowly drifting', while Zak continued to drink and became 'overwhelmed and exasperated'.
Struggles: Zak's late father Robin had a widely documented battle with addiction before he was found dead in his home in 2014 from suicide
Zak was Robin's only child with ex-wife Valerie Velardi. The comedian was also father to daughter Zelda, 31, and son Cody, 29, from his marriage to Marsha Garces.
Robin's drug and alcohol problems first arose while he was still appearing in Mork & Mindy- right at the start of his fame.
He had acknowledged drug and alcohol problems in the 1970s and `80s and was among the last to see John Belushi before the Saturday Night Live star died of a drug overdose in 1982.
He would later call the death of his good friend Belushi from cocaine and heroin overdose part of why he chose to go sober for the next 20 years.
'Was it a wake-up call? Oh yeah, on a huge level,' he once said.
Struggles: Zak's journey to sobriety was challenging, as he explained how he went off the rails following his father's death
His struggle would continue for decades.
In 2006, Williams relapsed and described his family's reaction to the news in a September 2013 Parade Magazine interview:
'It was not an intervention so much as an ultimatum. Everyone kind of said, "You’ve got to do this." And I went, "Yeah, you’re right."'
His divorce from his wife of 19 years and mother of two of his three children, film producer Marsha Garces, came a couple of years later and many outside his family's inner circle opening suspected his substance abuse struggles were to blame.
Zak's journey to sobriety was equally as challenging, as he explained how he went off the rails following his father's death.
Detailing the challenges of grieving in public, Zak spoke about the challenges of grieving publicly and being unable to speak through issues with his father before his untimely death.
Cute couple: After turning his life around, Zak married his girlfriend of two years, Olivia June, on World Mental Health Day in October last year
Zak explained: 'My life became unmanageable as part of that. I was just angry and sad and didn't want to feel anything so it just created wreckage.
'I was drinking to excess, damaging my relationship with my family I was experiencing psychosis. It was difficult for me to have just normal engagements with people, because I felt so broken and so isolated. I needed help.
'I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and that was a wake-up call. I needed to change my life. I had to cut out the self medicating and experience the things that I needed to experience and just feel despite how painful it all felt.'
It was through his healing journey that Zak wanted to help others, and began working with mental health organisations.
Mickey: Olivia and Zak named their son McLaurin after Robin's middle name. 'Mickey' for short, the pair welcomed him into the world in May 2019
After turning his life around, Zak married his girlfriend of two years, Olivia June, on World Mental Health Day in October last year, and the couple share two-year-old son McLaurin aka Mickey, named after Robin's middle name.
Revealing that his son spurs him on to stay on the right path, Zak added: 'I'm committed to being sober and continuing to treat the underlying symptoms that lead me to addictive behaviour.
'It's only in hindsight that you see "wow there's a generational issue going on".
'I love being a parent, it's the best thing ever. Do I see it as an opportunity to break a generational cycle? Yeah, there's a major opportunity to show up for my son clear eyed and focused. To be there for him.'
Determined: Revealing that his son spurs him on to stay on the right path, Zak added he was 'determined' to break the depressive and addictive 'generational' cycle in his family
'A Star Is Born' Actress Lady Gaga Spills the Hidden Meaning Behind &ldquoShallow&rdquo Song Lyrics
The Oscar-nominated duet with Bradley Cooper has such a beautiful message.
If you've bawled your eyes out listening to the songs from the 2018 remake of A Star Is Born, rest assured, you're definitely not alone.
Particularly, "Shallow," the duet between Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, seems to be resonating with so many. On Youtube, the Oscar-nominated song, which Gaga co-wrote, has over 300 million views so far. Apart from that, it became the "Born This Way" singer's longest-leading number one on Billboard's Digital Song Sales chart ever.
But what is it about this song that makes people get such a big lump in their throats whenever they hear it? While the lyrics of the tune probably mean something different to each person who listens to it, Lady Gaga told Variety that the song doesn't just connect Ally (Gaga) and Jackson's (Cooper) romance. That's the "shallow," if you will. What's actually happening in "the deep end" is something much more profound, she says.
The Best Actress nominee sees the lyrics having special meaning, especially in light of the #MeToo movement:
And so, with "Shallow," she says the words signify a time when men and women are having an open dialogue with each other.
"That conversation is what makes the song successful and beautiful and why people cry when they hear it," Gaga said. "It&rsquos because that man and woman connect, and they are listening to each other."
It's a message that Gaga is hoping to get across when she performs the song next with Bradley at the 2019 Oscars. Apart from the awards show, you can also catch them belting out the moving hymn in the below video from one of Gaga's recent Vegas residency shows. It goes without saying, but make sure the tissues aren't too far out of reach when you do.
11 Cymbalta Side Effects You Should Know About
Depression. Anxiety. Obsessive compulsive disorder. Fibromyalgia. These are just a few of the reasons why you might be prescribed Cymbalta.
Cymbalta (generic name duloxetine) is a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor&mdasha.k.a. SNRI&mdashwhich makes it a bit different from other antidepressants like Prozac, says Gail Saltz, M.D., is a psychiatrist and the author of The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius. That's because Prozac is an SSRI (selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitor), and only affects serotonin.
Because Cymbalta also affects norepinephrine, it&rsquos used to treat diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, and chronic musculosckeletal pain in addition to depression and a variety of anxiety disorders. It&rsquos additionally used off-label (meaning the FDA does not endorse but allows) for OCd and picking or habit disorders like pulling out hair (trichotillomania) or severe nail biting.
Antidepressants like Cymbalta can be life-changing for the many people who use them, but like any drugs, they pose risks. &ldquoSome people be more sensitive to side effects, and some people will have none at all,&rdquo says Saltz. &ldquoUsually it will go away within about two weeks, once you&rsquore used to the dose.&rdquo
Here are 11 Cymbalta side effects that you should know about.
The goal with antidepressants is to reduce major symptoms and then taper off after about nine months, Saltz says.
But it can be hard to quit Cymbalta when the time comes, in large part due to withdrawal symptoms. One study found that dizziness, nausea, headaches, and paresthesia (commonly called &ldquobrain zaps,&rdquo or a sensation of electric shock in the brain) were common when going off the drug. Withdrawal symptoms lasted about two weeks on average.
The longer you&rsquore on Cymbalta, the more likely it is to be an issue. And the risks of staying on the drug for the long-term are unknown. &ldquoWhat we do know is it is always important for everyone to taper off slowly [and under doctor supervision]. Abruptly stopping is much more likely to produce symptoms,&rdquo she says.
People 24 and younger may experience thoughts of suicide on Cymbalta. According to the FDA, the risk is greatest in those under the age of 18 and elevated in people ages 18 to 24.
This may be because Cymbalta can worse or cause symptoms including anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, hypomania, and mania.
At the same time, suicide risk actually decreases in people 25 and over, particularly among people over the age of 65.
&ldquoAny of these drugs may increase suicidal thoughts in periods of time when there&rsquos a big shift&mdashwhen you&rsquore starting or raising a dose,&rdquo says Saltz. &ldquoThe numbers aren&rsquot big, so we don&rsquot know who will be affected.&rdquo
No getting around this one: Pretty much all antidepressants have the potential to zap your sex drive. In fact, low libido is one of the most common side effects of drugs like Cymbalta&mdashalthough it doesn&rsquot affect everyone.
If it does, your doctor might try decreasing your dose and/or your therapist may offer behavioral tricks to get around it. &ldquoSometimes it goes away. Other times it may be intolerable, in which case it might not be a drug that&rsquos good for you,&rdquo says Saltz.
If you find that you feel super-fatigued on Cymbalta, your doctor may suggest taking it at night before bed, when drowsiness isn&rsquot a problem, or taking a divided dose, says Saltz.
While drugs like antihistamines don&rsquot interact with SNRIs, your doctor will also advise you to skip them because, in combination, these two drugs can make you extra-drowsy.
With both SSRIs and SNRIs, increased blood pressure is possible. &ldquoThink of when you get a big adrenaline rush. You get basal restriction, which causes your blood pressure to go up,&rdquo says Saltz. A similar reaction can happen when you&rsquore taking Cymbalta.
For most people, especially younger people, it&rsquos not an issue. But if you already have borderline or high blood pressure, your doctor will want to keep an extra close eye on you.
Some people experience light-headedness or dizziness, especially when they first start Cymbalta. &ldquoIt has to do with a shift in blood pressure. You&rsquoll want to get up slowly from lying positions,&rdquo says Saltz. If it continues, or really bothers you, definitely check in with your doctor.
Both medications and alcohol are metabolized&mdashi.e. processed&mdashby your liver, and consuming either in high levels can cause jaundice and other more serious liver problems. &ldquoLiver problems are pretty rare but bad,&rdquo says Saltz.
The risk rises if you drink alcohol while taking Cymbalta: One drink is more like two. Certain other drugs, including some OTC ones, can also potentially interact with Cymbalta and be hard on your liver. &ldquoThat&rsquos why it&rsquos very important to discuss all other medications you&rsquore taking with your doctor,&rdquo Saltz says.
In very rare instances, taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, warfarin, and other anti-coagulants while on Cymbalta can cause excessive bleeding. &ldquoTalk to doctor before you take those meds,&rdquo says Saltz.
One very rare but serious side effect of Cymbalta and other antidepressants is serotonin syndrome. &ldquoRaising serotonin levels a certain amount can be helpful, but a lot can cause toxicity and even kill you,&rdquo explains Saltz. If you experience fast heartbeat, loss of coordination, extremely restlessness, agitation, and/or hallucinations, tell your doctor right away, who will likely take you off of the medication immediately.
Overdose can also be a problem. &ldquoSomeone who purposely took a bottle might say they&rsquore only antidepressants, but it&rsquos very dangerous. And if your kid gets a hold of a bottle, call poison control and head to the ER right away,&rdquo says Saltz.
Gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, constipation, and heartburn are not as rare as overdose or death, but they&rsquore obviously not as serious, either. Other milder symptoms include headaches, dry mouth, loss of appetite, and night sweats. &ldquoWe try to figure out if they can be managed over time. They can go away, but they don&rsquot always,&rdquo says Saltz.
One last word of warning: Be sure to let your doctor know if you have a family or personal history of bipolar disorder, because antidepressants may increase your likelihood of becoming manic. &ldquoIf you experience periods of time of where you feel highly agitated and irritable or overly confident and sped up, ask your doctor,&rdquo says Saltz. &ldquoIt&rsquos not that you wouldn&rsquot be prescribed an antidepressant, but you really want to be cautious. You&rsquod be checked more frequently and might be put on a mood stabilizer instead.&rdquo
Why Amazon Will Gain From Loss On Lady Gaga's Born This Way
Lady Gaga's new album: Amazon's best million-dollar loss.
The more copies Lady Gaga's Born This Way sells, the more money Amazon loses. At face value, that sounds like a terrible situation for an online retail giant hawking the most anticipated record of the year. On closer inspection, though, Amazon's decision to sell the album for .99 per copy--at a significant loss--amounts to more of a shrewd advertising outlay than a pricey publicity stunt.
Lady Gaga's manager has denied any involvement with the promotion, leading some outlets to speculate that Amazon paid a wholesale price of $8.39 for Born This Way (based on the fact that Apple's iTunes is selling the album for $11.99 per album and keeps 30% of sticker price). But a source informs me that Amazon negotiated with Interscope/Universal to pay a wholesale price of $7. That means the retailer is taking a somewhat smaller hit of about $6 per album sold. Numbers haven't been released, but the deal's first-day traffic "definitely melted some servers," according to an Amazon spokesperson.
So how many copies will actually be sold? Though the promotion was initially billed as a one-day event, Amazon brought back its .99 offer today. The company has never moved more than 100,000 copies of an album in a week, but with prognosticators projecting total sales of 800,000 copies in Born This Way's first week, Amazon will likely shatter that mark with ease. Some insiders believe Amazon will sell 200,000 copies of Gaga's album, meaning the retailer would be taking a loss of about $1.2 million.
Even so, it's a big win for Amazon, as the promotion amounts to a massive advertisement. Stars of Gaga's magnitude generally charge exorbitant rates to dish out product endorsements, if they're willing to do so at all. Toby Keith, for example, gets about $5 million annually for his relationship with Ford. Gaga herself reportedly received $1 million from a Russian billionaire who wanted to make a cameo in the video for her song "Alejandro."
"Amazon would have had to pay millions to get a [traditional] endorsement from Lady Gaga," says John Branca, an entertainment attorney who's represented Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones and others. "The promotion is great for Amazon because they get new customers and they advertise their new service. It's great for Lady Gaga as well because she moves some copies and her fans get the record for a buck."
Indeed, paying $1.2 million for a Gaga-related promotion during the week of her album launch seems like a bargain, especially considering that Amazon recently rolled out its much-anticipated Cloud Drive music service. Even if the .99 deal doesn't translate directly into a seven-figure sales boost for Amazon, the word-of-mouth alone would appear to be worth the cost.
"It definitely grabs mind space," says entertainment attorney Donald David, whose client list includes Tupac Shakur. "I'm 63 yrs old. I'm not your ideal candidate for cloud computing for storing music. But even I, from all the news coverage, know about this. And the people who buy the album are the ideal demographic."
As for Gaga, the Amazon boost will likely pale in comparison to what she makes on the road--she's been grossing $1.3 million per concert. And in any case, it's just a drop in her ever-growing earnings bucket: Gaga topped FORBES' annual Celeb 100 list with earnings of $90 million over the past 12 months.
UPDATE: Billboard is reporting that Amazon sold 430,000 copies of the .99 version of Lady Gaga's Born This Way during its two promotion days (a deluxe version with three more songs sold an estimated 10,000 additional copies). That would bring Amazon's loss to about $2.6 million over two days, by my math. It'd also mean Amazon sold four times as many units of the album as Apple's iTunes--another reason why the promotion was worthwhile.
For more on the business of music, check out my Jay-Z biography, Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office. You can also follow me on Twitter @zogblog.
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande are storming the pop charts this week with “Rain On Me”Courtesy of Youtube
The weather forecast for his week calls for rain. Before Lady Gaga released her new album “Chromatica,” she let us have a taste of what is to come with a second single. “Rain On Me” featuring Ariana Grande was teased for weeks, with album art that resembled cover art from an old-school PlayStation 1 game. Then on the evening of Thursday, May 21, the song was released with the music video coming out the following day.
In an interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music , Lady Gaga commented that this song, as well as her new album, “Chromatica,” works as her return to pop and the reclaiming of her dancefloor. Fans of Gaga, as well as fans of Grande, are left with no other choice but to dance.
“Rain On Me” is a combination of dance-pop, electropop, disco and house. The song was produced by Bloodpop, who has worked with Gaga previously, but Grande was also present in the production of the song, even receiving writer’s credit.
It was refreshing to see the deep involvement of Ariana Grande, as artists all around have not taken this level of involvement in collaborations. This allowed for the song to feel as if it belonged to both artists. Grande also talked to Apple Music, where she mentioned that the friendship she has with Gaga allowed for trust during the recording process, and thus pushed both artists to try new things and get out of their comfort zones.
Lady Gaga describes the lyrics as multidimensional. The concept of “Rain On Me” touches on her past with alcohol. “I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive. Rain on me” is a lyric about how she would rather not have to drink, but at least she is still alive and she is in a position in which she can only rise. This may not be super clear to casual listeners, but the song does have an uplifting vibe.
From the first few chords, the song sounds like a pop banger with high energy in the tempo and a powerful baseline. After the first bridge, Grande comes into the song very swiftly, with a higher tempo than what we have been used to. Grande’s style in “Rain On Me” aligns more with her dance roots on her album “My Everything.” Her vocals are soft yet powerful, which worked really well with Gaga’s strong vocals. The harmonies between the two are very particular in a good way, but they could be polarizing. It seems as if Gaga let Grande put an air of gracefulness with her voice while Gaga focused on using her vocals to add more of an edge. This helped to make the song sound more like collaboration rather than just a song with a feature. Overall the song has a new and fresh feel while still feeling familiar among Gaga’s discography and even Grande’s.
The music video carries a similar aesthetic as Gaga’s previous music video for “Stupid Love,” as well as Grande’s music video for “Break Free” featuring Zedd. A collaboration between Gaga and Grande was not something that I expected out of 2020, but it makes sense when it is wrapped in a package like this. The music video is filled with splashes of pink and purple, which seems to now be a trademark of “Chromatica.” The music video also has fun dancing that has been copied left and right around TikTok and other forms of social media, confirming Gaga’s claim that this is her reclaiming of a dancefloor.
With great production, a fun beat and two of the greatest figures of pop at the moment, it is simple to see why people all around are calling “Rain On Me” a highlight in pop music for 2020. The success of the song left fans of Lady Gaga as well as fans of pop music with great excitement to see how the rest of “Chromatica” will sound like.
Verdict: “Rain On Me” is a fun dance song that is bound to be a highlight in Gaga’s career. It is a sure way for Gaga to reclaim her dancefloor, and I am definitely looking forward to being able to dance on it.
Eat This, Not That!
Unlike the pumpkin spice lattes you love, this drink has actual pumpkin in it. One-third cup of pumpkin provides protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and 16% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C — a nutrient researchers say is directly related to the body's ability to burn through fat. In fact, one study by researchers from Arizona State University showed deficiencies of vitamin C were strongly correlated with increased body fat and waist measurements.
- ½ frozen banana
- ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon flax seeds
- ¼ tsp pumpkin spice
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 scoop plant-based plain protein powder
NUTRITION: 292 calories / 5 g fat / 33 g carbs / 7 g fiber / 14 g sugar / 29 g protein