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DAREDEVILS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES DURING INSANE STUNTS

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Human beings have been craving adrenaline since the first caveman dared the first lion to “catch me if you can.” That’s not to say that we all crave danger, but it’s so much a part of our DNA that if we don’t chase those thrills ourselves, we enjoy watching other people do it. If we didn’t, YouTube probably wouldn’t exist. But the awful truth about daredevils and their envelope-pushing stunts is that one day, their luck will run out, tragedy will strike, and loved ones will have to pay the price. Here are a few notorious examples of stunts that went horribly wrong.

WING-SUITS ARE DANGEROUS EVEN IF YOU’RE EXPERIENCED
In another tragic base jumping accident, well-known climber Dean Potter and his friend Graham Hunt died in Yosemite National Park when they jumped from Taft Point wearing wing-suits and crashed into a rocky ridgeline that Yosemite’s chief of staff described as “spiny skechers outlet like a stegosaurus.” This accident highlights the sad fact that experience doesn’t necessarily protect you — Potter had made the exact same jump at least 20 times, and Hunt was probably similarly experienced.

Dean Potter was well-known in the extreme sports community and particularly well-known in Yosemite, where climbing is a popular sport. He was the first person to “free climb” (using only hands and feet, although safety ropes can also be used) three-quarters of the way up Half Dome, the granite peak that is roughly 4,800 feet above Yosemite Valley.

Potter was also controversial — he’d been kicked out of Yosemite a couple of times for such crimes as sleeping in the meadow and breaking the stems off a head of broccoli in the park store. More telling, he’d lost a couple of sponsorships because of his increasingly risky stunts, such as climbing the Delicate Arch in the Arches National Park, and base jumping, which was just a little too dangerous for the popular brand Clif Bar to stomach.

Other climbers expressed regret at Potter’s death, but the words of fellow climber Doug Robinson may have summed it up best: “We’re very sad … but not very surprised. He was pushing the envelope all his life.”

KYLE LEE STOCKING WENT SWINGING

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You know how television shows about daredevils always have that standard “don’t try this at home” disclaimer? If only YouTube had the same requirement for their daredevil videos. Although seriously, just because some caption says “don’t try this at home” doesn’t mean people aren’t going to try dangerous things at home.

According to ABC News, in March 2013, Kyle Lee Stocking attempted to duplicate a feat he saw on YouTube. If the stunt had gone as planned, the 22-year-old would have swung beneath the 110-foot Corona arch near Moab, Utah, after jumping off the top. But bluetooth headphones he misjudged the length of the rope he was using, and instead of swinging he struck the ground. The impact killed him.

The tragedy highlighted a growing problem of people trying to imitate stunts they see on YouTube, from swallowing cinnamon (which can give you a collapsed lung) to jumping off moving vehicles.

While YouTube claims to prohibit content that encourages dangerous behavior, the video that inspired the fatal stunt is alive and well as of this writing. And still no “don’t try this at home” warning, either.

LIM BA HAD A HEART ATTACK WHILE LITERALLY COOKING HIMSELF IN A STEAMER

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The human capacity for dreaming up bizarre stunts is perhaps only surpassed by the public’s desire to watch people do bizarre stunts, which is a pretty lethal combo when you think about it. In October 2017, Malaysian magician Lim Ba attempted a “human steam” stunt, which basically involved him sitting inside a giant wok with some rice and sweet corn. If the stunt went well, Lim would come out unscathed with some ready-to-eat grains, presumably to pass out to onlookers or something.

Lim was a veteran of this particular stunt — he’d been performing it for more than a decade, and his record was 75 minutes, according to the Independent. But he was also approaching 70, was being treated for high blood pressure, and had recently sperry shoes had a heart bypass. So really, he wasn’t in peak physical condition at the time of his death.

Lim started knocking on the inside of the wok about 30 minutes into the performance. When onlookers removed the cover they found him unconscious, and by the time medical personnel arrived he was dead. The cause of death was a heart attack, though police also noted Lim had second-degree burns.

IT WORKED FROM A PLANE, BUT NOT FROM THIS BRIDGE

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In yet another base jumping tragedy, 73-year-old James E. Hickey of Claremont, California, jumped off the Perrine Memorial Bridge (pictured) in Twin Falls, Idaho, and died. First, he set his parachute on fire. According to USA Today, Hickey was attempting to recreate a stunt he’d already successfully performed, only the last time he’d jumped from an airplane instead of from a 500-foot bridge.

If the stunt had gone as planned, Hickey would have set his first parachute on fire, then disconnected it, then deployed a second chute in order to float to safety. But something went wrong, and the second chute opened too late. A video showed a fireball engulfing both chute and jumper. According to the coroner’s report, Hickey died of blunt-force trauma.

Hickey was an experienced base jumper who had completed more than 1,000 jumps over a 10-year period, thus proving once again that experience can’t save you when the base jumping grim reaper finally decides your time is up.

SAILENDRA NATH ROY USED HIS HAIR FOR EVERYTHING

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Some people are known for their super-strong arms. Some people are known for their super-strong legs. Sailendra Nath Roy was known for his super-strong hair. According to the BBC, throughout his pseudo-career as a daredevil (he also worked as a driver for the police department) he did a lot of crazy stunts with his hair, including pulling a narrow gauge train with his ponytail, which he claimed to keep strong with mustard oil and incredible feats of hair strength.

Roy held the Guinness record for farthest distance salomon boots on a zipline using hair, so he wasn’t new to the hairy circuit. But the 48-year-old might not have been in the best physical shape, and when something went wrong during his final performance, his heart was unable to withstand the stress.

Spectators said he stopped moving down the zipline after about 300 feet. He struggled for close to 30 minutes, shouting for help, but there were no emergency personnel on hand and no one could understand what he was saying. At the end of the half hour, he became still. When paramedics finally cut him down he’d already died … of a “massive heart attack.”

Officials said Roy didn’t have permission to do the stunt, and if he’d had a professional support team on hand the outcome might have been different. Instead, the stunt he promised his wife would be his last really did end up being his last, but for all the wrong reasons.

Kim Kardashian wants to keep relationship with Pete Davidson ‘low-key’

Even though Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson are officially dating, they want their budding romance to remain “low-key” for now.

Sources exclusively tell Page Six that the A-list couple — asics shoes who were photographed holding hands just this week — “want to keep it as private and low-key as possible.”

“They’re still getting to know each other, and want as little pressure as possible. They’re trying to keep it under wraps,” a source told us.

We’re told Kardashian, 41, and Davidson’s situation is so new they’re not even calling it anything.

“They’re dating. There’s no formal title. They’re dating and getting to know each other — still figuring it out,” the source added.Pete Davidson, Kim Kardashian, Flava Flav and Kris Jenner

Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian spent the “SNL” star’s birthday with Kris Jenner and Flavor Flav.

But we’re told the 28-year-old comedic playboy — who has dated a bevy of Hollywood beauties including Ariana Grande and Kate Beckinsale — is already a hit with Kardashian’s crew.

“He’s so funny and is a really good person. keen shoes All of the friends love him. He’s the sweetest person,” the source said.

Meanwhile, production sources on the Kardashians’ forthcoming Hulu reality series claim the “SNL” star won’t be appearing on any episodes when the season premieres.

“There are no plans for any filming,” the insider told us.

Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson

Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson hold hands in California.

Kardashian became “intrigued” by Davidson after she hosted “SNL” last month. Sources told us they started talking “and it started off as a friendship and now they’re spending more time together.”

In recent weeks, they’ve hung out in nike outlet New York and even spent his birthday together.

“They’re having fun, and they make each other laugh. It’s really fun,” the source said.

Kardashian’s ex Kanye West has also moved on recently as Page Six exclusively revealed he’s dating model Vinetria. A source told us earlier this month that the rapper has been “hooking up” with her “for a while now.”

‘Bachelorette’ couple Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark end their engagement

Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark have called it quits nearly one year after their “Bachelorette” engagement aired on ABC.

“Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark are no longer a couple,” a rep for Adams told Page Six Monday.

Adams, 31, and Clark, 37, met and fell in love on Season 16 of the long-running dating reality series.

Speculation that there was trouble in paradise steve madden shoes began circulating on social media after the former franchise lead was spotted walking the carpet solo — and without her Neil Lane engagement ring — at the Nov. 16 “House of Gucci” premiere in New York City, where Clark resides.

“They both felt the pressure of navigating a public relationship, but in different ways. It really started to wear on them each as individuals,” a source exclusively told Page Six of the pair’s decision to part ways.

“They started drifting apart in recent months and ultimately came to realize that they don’t work as a couple.”

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Adams was spotted without her engagement ring while walking the carpet solo at the New York City “House of Gucci” premiere on Nov. 16.
Though she has yet to comment on the split, Adams suggested that she is already thinking about ecco shoes her future without Clark by “liking” a Sunday Instagram post from @thegoodquote that read, “Finally I realized that I was never asking for too much. I was just asking for the wrong person.”

During the finale, which aired in December 2020, the addiction specialist asked for Adams’ hand in marriage while making an emotional declaration of love. Zac Clark and Tayshia Adams

Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark have called off their engagement, a rep for the former “Bachelorette” tells Page Six.

“I love you because you’re a fighter. I love you because you’re a strong, independent woman. You make everyone around you better. I love you because you believe in me. I love you because you’re a total dork,” he said at the time.

“And I love you because you drive me absolutely wild. I love everything about you.”

Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark

Clark proposed to Adams on the Season 16 “Bachelorette” finale, which aired in December 2020.

Adams enthusiastically accepted Clark’s proposal and told him that their “wild, wild love” had “truly woken up [her] heart.” She stated, “I’m ready to start a life with you.”

After “The Bachelorette,” Adams moved into Clark’s Manhattan nike sneakers apartment to begin a new life in the Big Apple. Months later, though, the Bachelor Nation star was hired to co-host back-to-back seasons of “The Bachelorette” in New Mexico and her native California, forcing her to spend time away from her now-ex-fiancé for much of 2021.

The two reunited this month, however, to run the TCS New York City Marathon together. In a touching Instagram post shared after the race, Clark, an avid runner, gushed over Adams’ performance.

Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark

After getting engaged last year, Adams left her native California to start a new life with Clark by moving into his Manhattan pad.

“I will be forever grateful to have had a front row seat to her performance yesterday, as will the thousands of others who cheered her along the way (the screams overpowered the Pearl Jam playing in my ears for most of the day),” he wrote. “The world is a better place today then it was yesterday because of you ….. KEEP GOING.”

Common and Tiffany Haddish break up after over a year of dating

Common and Tiffany Haddish are leaving their romance in 2021.

The couple has broken hoka shoes up after more than a year of dating, People reported Monday.

“They are never in the same city together and both of them are just too busy for a serious relationship,” a source told the publication.

Reps for the couple didn’t immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.

The “Girls Trip” star, 41, confirmed her romance with the rapper and actor, 49, in August 2020 while appearing on Steve-O’s podcast “Wild Ride,” calling it “the best relationship I’ve ever been in.”

“Knock on wood! I’ve lost 20 pounds since I’ve been in this relationship,” she added. “I feel more confident in me and it’s not him that’s doing it. I’m just way happier and it’s like knowing I got somebody that cares about me, that really has my back. It seems like he does anyways. And I love it. I love him.”

Prior to Haddish’s confirmation, fans had speculated for months that the pair were an item. Eyebrows hey dude were then raised when they signed a deal with dating app Bumble to promote virtual dating during the pandemic.

But the “Glory” rapper attempted to dispel rumbles of Bumble BS by publicly gushing about her.

Common and Tiffany Haddish

The now-former couple got together after a Bumble date.

“We’re doing wonderful. She’s a really incredible human being, and the more I get to know her, I just see how dynamic she is as a person,” he said on the “The Karen Hunter Show” in November 2020. How intelligent, how selfless she is, dr martens boots how she stands up in Hollywood for black women. I’m learning. You know what I mean?”

The former couple first met in 2019 on the set of “The Kitchen,” but didn’t start dating until 2020.

Meghan Markle, Harry’s former chief of staff details working with the royals

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s former chief of staff has said she had an “incredible experience” working with the couple.

Catherine St-Laurent, who now serves as a senior adviser to the couple’s Archewell Foundation, described Markle and Harry as “incredibly talented and creative leaders.”

“I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to do that, to brooks shoes be able to be with them on their journey,” she told The Cut. “The time that I spent with them was incredibly fulfilling.”

As Page Six exclusively reported in March, St-Laurent left her role as chief of staff after one year to transition to Archewell.

“She will continue to bring high-level strategic guidance to Archewell, which she helped launch and build over the course of the past year,” the spokesperson told us at the time.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s former chief of staff, Catherine St-Laurent, reflected on her experience working with the couple.

St-Laurent said she believes the couple and their foundation will be a powerful force for good.

“I think they have the potential to be very clarks shoes uk influential leaders in the social-impact space,” St-Laurent added. “I look forward to continuing to be a part of that.”

St-Laurent previously held senior roles in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Catherine St-Laurent said the pair could be influential.

Her comments come after the pair’s former communications secretary, Jason Knauf, accused Markle, 39, of bullying. Reps for the pair slammed Knauf’s claims and added they were “saddened by this latest attack on [Markle’s] character, particularly as someone hey dude shoes who has been the target of bullying herself.”

Buckingham Palace confirmed it was launching an investigation into the allegations in March, but results from the inquiry have not been released.

What These Stars From My 600-Lb Life Look Like Today

My 600-lb Life star Nikki Webster, Close-up

Plenty of reality shows feature dramatic transformations, but few chronicle the intense metamorphoses that are documented on the popular TLC program My 600-lb Life. Since its inception in 2012, dozens of men and women have had their lives changed, thanks to the intervention of Dr. Younan Nowzaradan. Based in Houston, Texas, Nowzaraden performs weight loss surgery on patients who oftentimes are desperate to improve their quality of life bluetooth headphones before it’s too late. And while the journey is never easy for these people, it’s worth it to be able to reclaim their lives and accomplish goals they had previously given up on.

Some of these brave souls have gone on to become social media stars, thanks to their reality television fame. That gives us additional access into their lives, allowing us to keep up on what happens — even after their follow-up segments have aired. So without further ado, here’s the skinny on some of the most popular stars from My 600-lb Life. You won’t believe how amazing they look today!

Melissa Morris achieved her lifelong dream after My 600-lb Life

My 600-lb Life star Melissa Morris, before and after

The OG of My 600-lb Life, Melissa Morris was the very first person featured in the show. These days she’s in a much different place. While an episode of My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now? revealed that Melissa’s weight has fluctuated over the years, you can see on her Instagram page that that she’s living her best life every day.

If you’re familiar with Melissa’s journey, you know that having children was something she desperately wanted. Despite her unlikely odds (a doctor once told her she only had a 2 percent chance of getting pregnant, according to her TLC interview), Melissa sperry shoes became a mom to Allona on May 1, 2010. Today, she’s a mom three times over, according to a post on her Instagram page.

On top of her motherhood duties, which definitely keep her busy, Melissa also speaks publicly about her journey. She’s also been active in Weight Watchers for several years now. Additionally, she’s been going to concerts, enjoying time at the beach, catching baseball games, and reading books. There’s no slowing her down!

My 600-lb Life star Zsalynn Whitworth found a man worthy of her love

My 600-lb Life star Zsalynn Whitworth, before and after

Season 2 of My 600-lb Life opened with Zsalynn Whitworth’s story, which famously included her manipulative and unsupportive husband, who prioritized his fetish over Zsalynn’s literal life. Fortunately for her, the couple finally got a divorce, which she confirmed in a follow-up segment. They still share joint custody of their daughter, but the romance is long since over.

In the segment, Zsalynn also got candid about her emotional state. She admitted that she struggled with loneliness and depression, as well as her cravings for sweets following the divorce. In spite of those challenges, however, she decided that she wants to press forward and finally get skin removal surgery. She also expressed a desire to be more active and start dating — certainly worthy ambitions.

And it paid off! From the looks of it, Zsalynn found someone special. Check out this adorable photo she posted on Facebook of her making goo goo eyes at a new man — good for you, girl! Additionally, you can see just how much her daughter Hannah has grown up to be her mama’s mini-me in this photo. Looks like everything’s going swimmingly for Zsalynn now!

My 600-lb Life’s Paula Jones is now a confident selfie queen and outspoken advocate

My 600-lb Life star Paula Jones, before and after

Paula Jones, who had an especially emotional episode in Season 2 of My 600-lb Life, is living the dream of long-term weight loss success these days. For one, you can tell just by looking at pictures of Paula on her Instagram and Facebook pages that she’s in great shape, especially when you consider where she started.

She’s not afraid to pose in a swimsuit, or post selfies with salomon boots her arms bared, which shows that she knows she’s cute! But Paula also keeps herself accountable, admitting when she has to stick to her diet and work out on the reg. And while she’s faced health issues like kidney stones, that hasn’t stopped her from staying the course of her weight loss journey.

These days, Paula speaks publicly at weight loss events. She’s also outspoken about the obesity epidemic, which has claimed the lives of some of her friends and loves ones. “It is so senseless since it is preventable,” she shared in a post. “It just isn’t easy.” Indeed it isn’t, but Paula sure is a role model.

Actors Reveal Their Best On-Screen Kisses

Megan Fox reveals her on-screen kiss

Movie stars get paid to pretend on camera. They fight, they laugh, they swoon, and they sob all in an attempt to tell meaningful stories and keep us, the general public, thoroughly entertained and engaged. All of that is all in a day’s work for a silver-screen celebrity. But when it comes to shooting those iconic kissing scenes we love to watch? Well, the glamorous gig can definitely take a turn from awesome to awkward.

As one can imagine, smooching on set can sometimes feel incredibly uncomfortable keen shoes for an actor. Just think about how you would feel in that situation. But, occasionally, two Hollywood hotties have undeniable chemistry, resulting in an amazing, sexy, and entirely captivating kiss — that just happens to have been caught on camera.

While many A-listers remain tight-lipped about locking lips with co-stars, other celebrities love to kiss and tell. Megan Fox, Zac Efron, Paula Patton, Ethan Hawke, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Sarah Michelle Gellar are just a few Tinseltown talents who have revealed their all-time favorite on-screen kisses. Want to know more? Read on for all the juicy tidbits.

Zac Efron said Zendaya was his greatest on-screen kiss

Zac Efron and Zendaya had an on-screen kiss

Do not tell Vanessa Hudgens, but her ex-boyfriend and High School Musical co-star, Zac Efron, does not consider her to be his best on-screen kiss (via IMDb). Ouch!

Indeed, the Disney TV tween turned big-time silver screen actor told People that his on-cam romantic romp with Zendaya in the movie The Greatest Showman was actually his  “favorite kiss … ever.” He elaborated that the chemistry was real and the nike outlet moment was magical: “At this point for these characters, it’s so built up, the tension between them is so strong, and literally, just a glance between them is electric … And when they finally have the courage in that moment to finally connect and get that kiss, it’s that epic musical moment,” he said.

Zendaya echoed Efron’s emotional response to the storied smooch: “It’s not just another kiss. It’s different. We try to take ourselves out of it and become these two characters, and that’s their moment” (via People).

Sharon Stone nodded to Robert DeNiro as her best on-screen kiss

Sharon Stone and Robert DeNiro had an on-screen kiss

Sharon Stone may have more than basic instincts when it comes to kissing her co-stars. While she has had her fair share of on-screen make-out partners, the actress told Andy Cohen on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live that “Robert DeNiro was for sure the best kisser.” And she seemed pretty confident in her answer, too.

Stone starred opposite the iconic actor in the 1995 Scorsese mob movie Casino (via IMDb). Still, she admitted that, while the kiss was “far and away” her favorite of all time, her memory might be clouded by her immense admiration for the man.

She elaborated to Cohen that she was so excited to have the opportunity to “sit across the table” from him, collaborate, and keep on pace with his talent. “I was just so madly in love with him as an actress to start with that he probably could have hit me in the head with a hammer and I would’ve been ‘Oh yeah!'”

Penn Badgley’s best on-screen kissing partner is also his worst

Blake Lively and Penn Badgley had an on-screen kiss

When asked by Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live who his favorite on-screen kissing partner of all time has been, Badgley reluctantly admitted that it was his on and off-screen Gossip Girl ex-girlfriend, Blake Lively: “I’ll say Blake because we actually had a relationship at the time.” But he also said that his worst kissing partner was “Blake after we broke up.” Touché.

Nevertheless, whether the two were getting hot and heavy behind the scenes or just making nice for the cameras, the pair kept it professional and hid any personal feelings, however amorous — or not. Badgley told Cohen, “I think we should both pat ourselves skechers outlet on the back for getting through it because, you know, anything is complicated in that way, and we handled it.”

In fact, in a Gossip Girl tribute feature in Vanity Fair, the show’s executive producer Joshua Safran said that he had no clue when the couple had broken up because the two successfully reined in their emotions on set and compartmentalized the drama. Just imagine not only having to work with your ex but actually having to kiss your ex as well! We’ll pass.

Paula Patton loved Tom Cruise’s on-screen kiss — and breath

Paula Patton and Tom Cruise had an on-screen kiss

Paula Patton knows a thing or two about smooching co-stars. She has had plenty of practice puckering up with high-profile actors like Denzel Washington in the 2006 film Deja Vu (via IMDb). Nevertheless, the actress, mom, and ex-wife of singer Robin Thicke got bashful when asked about her best on-screen kiss during an interview on Live With Kelly and Ryan.

She tried to avoid the question, responding that “they’re all really good because they’re kisses and they’re cute.” But she eventually succumbed to the celebrity peer pressure, nodding to her Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol co-star: “It’s not the best but it was great. I will tell you that the kiss from Tom Cruise was a surprise.” What is more, she even complimented what must be a credit to his personal hygiene habits, saying, “He had amazing breath. It wasn’t minty — it was just perfect.”

FAMOUS PEOPLE THE QUEEN CAN’T STAND

Queen Elizabeth II looking stern

Queen Elizabeth II is not just the longest-reigning British monarch in history, but one of the last true royalties still living in our time. The high standards of etiquette prevent her from lashing out at annoying individuals in her vicinity, but, through her extensive royal career, there have been many speculations around hidden and sometimes not-so-hidden clashes she’s had.

It is no wonder many of them took place within the thick walls of the royal palace — being a monarch and a mother nike sneakers is not an easy job. The queen, firmly defending traditional principles and the monarchy itself, has had to make some tough choices during her reign, which has led to several family schisms. Being royalty acquires following a very strict code of behavior, resisting passions and infatuations, and always putting the monarchy and its principles first.

Strict rules and protocols dictate the queen must not publicly express any opinion on political matters. Regardless of the fact she has met an impressive selection of world leaders, she has never been allowed to tell them what she really thinks of them or their leadership. Clever as she is, she’s still managed to get her message across in a few cases. Here are some famous people the queen (speculatively) can’t stand.

MICK JAGGER

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Maybe Mick Jagger can impress all the ladies, but not Queen Elizabeth II. As reported in The Telegraph, he did excite Princess Margaret though, according to Jagger’s biographer, Christopher Andersen. She was so fascinated with the rock star she built a villa next to him on the magical island Mustique, where they indulged in partying properly, as both well knew how. There is no record of them actually having an affair, but “there was a flirtation going on there, definitely,” as noted by Elsa Bowker, wife of British diplomat Sir James Bowker (via Daily Mail). The queen was not happy about Margaret’s untamed behavior, fearing scandals or just general moral corruption.

Lady Diana, another stormy female, was in good relationship with the asics shoes Rolling Stone frontman, as well, speculates the New Idea, so one could imagine how fed up the queen was with Jagger at that point. Lady Di, similar to Princess Margaret, appreciated dancing and good music, not showing much interest in serious dinners and the countryside.

As stated by Anderson in the Daily Mail, with Jagger calling the queen “chief witch,” their relationship was bound to become sour eventually. The queen did not participate at Jagger’s controversial knight ceremony, due to her knee surgery. And apparently, she it preferred it that way, allegedly telling hospital staff, “I would much rather be here than at Buckingham Palace knighting at a certain party,” Anderson told The Telegraph.

Malia And Sasha Obama’s Head-Turning Transformations

Sasha Obama, Malia Obama, Michelle Obama, and Barack Obama

Malia and Sasha Obama’s head-turning transformations have been astonishing to watch throughout their years in the spotlight.

Of course, the Obama sisters’ lives will never be “normal.”  After all, they spent their formative years living in the White House while their father, Barack Obama, served two consecutive terms as U.S. President. For Malia and Sasha, this meant going to school (and essentially everywhere else) with armed hey dude guards in tow, playing make believe surrounded by hundreds of years of American history, and eating family meals prepared by a full staff.

Still, the Obama sisters had an ace card — their mother, Michelle Obama — who ensured their childhood was as normal as possible during the eight years the family spent living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In the past, children of presidents have been the subject of tabloid gossip; however the Obamas were very strict about what was shared about their girls. Malia and Sasha were teenagers before the public knew anything about them, and both ladies have continued to retain an elegant distance from the media even upon entering college and becoming burgeoning style icons with their flawless fashion. Here’s a look at the head-turning transformations of Malia and Sasha Obama.

Malia and Sasha Obama were brought into the world by IVF

Sasha Obama, Malia Obama, Barack Obama

Malia and Sasha Obama are presidential children who grew up to be gorgeous inside and out, thanks to the determination of their mother, Michelle Obama.

Michelle detailed plenty of things fans never knew about Malia and Sasha in her memoir, Becoming – such as how she was ultimately forced to undergo IVF treatment in order to conceive both of her daughters (via the Associated Press).”We were trying to get pregnant and it wasn’t going well. We had one pregnancy test come back positive, which caused us both to forget every worry and swoon with joy, but a couple of weeks later I had a dr martens boots miscarriage, which left me physically uncomfortable and cratered any optimism we felt,” she heartbreakingly recalled of her difficult path to motherhood.

With her husband working full time, Michelle was left to inject herself with hormones, which she wrote about using to “manipulate” her body into getting pregnant. Thankfully, the incredibly stressful process was successful — and Barack and Michelle Obama eventually saw their dreams of having a family of their own come to life.

Malia and Sasha Obama’s sleepovers required armed guards

Sasha Obama, Malia Obama, and Michelle Obama

Malia and Sasha Obama’s head-turning transformations were undoubtedly influenced by their time living in the White House — which, as one might imagine, offered many perks for the young sisters.

However, there were plenty of rules the presidential kids had to follow, as Michelle Obama told Gayle King during an interview at the 2019 Essence Festival (via CBS News). After all, the Obama sisters couldn’t attend normal activities for kids their age — such as sleepovers — without having intimidating Secret Service agents in tow.

As Michelle hilariously recalled to King, she would have to phone ahead to advise expectant parents that their personal details would need to be submitted in advance, and a sweep of their home would have to be carried out, too. According to the first lady, those phone calls would go something like, “Thank you for having Malia and Sasha over. Oh, by the way, there’s gonna be a man with a gun sitting outside of your door all night.” Michelle continued, joking, “Let him come in and use the bathroom. It would just be nice.”

Malia and Sasha Obama often embarrassed their parents

Sasha Obama, Malia Obama, Michelle Obama, Barack Obama

Malia and Sasha Obama aren’t exactly known to be presidential kids who live insanely lavish lives.

Michelle Obama ensured her daughters’ lives were as normal as they could be, constantly reminding them that their father’s job had nothing to do with them (via CBS News). However, raising them to be normal kids — even in the midst of their father’s historic presidential campaign — led to some funny family moments. As Michelle recalled in Becoming (via Express), during an early interview with Access Hollywood, her daughters proved they steve madden shoes knew how to lovingly embarrass their dad on national television.

According to the former first lady, Malia — who was 10-years-old at the time — spent the interview earnestly considering every question before answering, admitting her father did annoying stuff like trying to shake her friends’ hands when they came over to play. Contrastingly, seven-year-old Sasha remained mostly nonplussed throughout the interview, interjecting only to enquire as to when they’d all be getting ice cream. However — as Michelle recalled in Becoming — in an especially hilarious moment toward the end of the interview, her youngest daughter gleefully exclaimed, “Daddy had an Afro once!”

Malia and Sasha Obama had to find normalcy in the White House

Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama, Malia Obama, Barack Obama

rowing up, Malia and Sasha Obama played pretend like other kids their age; however, their fantasies were quite obviously influenced by their lives as first daughters. For example, as Michelle Obama revealed to Gayle King during an interview at the 2019 Essence Festival (via USA Today), her daughters’ playtime would often include a wishful game of “pretend-those-armed-Secret-Service-agents-aren’t-there.”

In a 2018 interview with The Guardian, the former first lady admitted to initially having concerns about raising her daughters in the White House, saying, “I was extremely worried about raising our daughters in that environment, with butlers ready to bring them ecco shoes anything they wanted and photographers hoping to snap a picture of them any time they stepped foot outside the house,” she recalled.

Thankfully, Malia and Sasha turned out to be far more resilient than their mother anticipated. As it turns out, the first daughters were far more interested in being regular kids than they were in the presidential trappings coloring their existence. According to Michelle Obama, Malia and Sasha had curfews, would make their own beds, and would help with household chores as needed — just like regular kids.

STARS YOU MAY NOT KNOW PASSED AWAY

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We all look up to our favorite stars, and when one of them sadly passes, it leaves us all with a heavy heart. There’s never truly a good time to say goodbye to a loved one, and the same is somehow true for people we only know from afar, whether they were actors, musicians, or sports legends. Many brooks shoes of these names you will recognize, some you may not, but each of these people left an undeniable mark on our lives and the world we know today. Some were cut short in their prime while others led long, fulfilled lives before leaving the mortal coil, and some stars may have faded in recent years, but they all have one thing in common: They will be missed. Join us as we take a look at these stars, how we lost them, and the accomplishments or feats we’ll always remember them for.

OMAR SHARIF

Omar Sharif

Omar Sharif is probably most famous for his roles in Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, but while those roles kicked off his career in the U.S., they certainly weren’t the end of it. The Egyptian actor was a powerhouse in cinema for over 60 years, up to his most recent role in 2013’s Rock the Casbah (not to be confused with Bill Murray’s Rock the Kasbah). Younger fans might recognize him from The 13th Warrior, clarks shoes uk which also starred Antonio Banderas, or the Viggo Mortenson film Hidalgo.

In early 2015, Omar Sharif was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He had a heart attack later that same year and died on July 10, 2015, in Cairo, Egypt. Sadly, his mental health had deteriorated rapidly in those few short months. According to his son, the 83-year-old could remember the broad strokes of his life — he knew he was an actor — but he couldn’t recall when some of his films had been made.

TONY BURTON

Tony Burton

On February 25, 2016, 78-year-old actor and ex-boxer Tony Burton finally fought his last round after a long battle with pneumonia. The world knew Tony Burton best as Duke, the hard-ass boxing trainer in the Rocky series. He had a supporting role in six total Rocky films, most recently the 2006 sequel, Rocky Balboa. Burton was a long-time friend of Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers, who played Apollo Creed in the franchise.

It should come as no surprise that the man who trained both Creed and Rocky on film was a boxer himself in his early years. He was a two-time light-heavyweight champion before he retired from the sport in 1959. After that, Tony Burton tried to cobble his life together, but eventually found himself doing a three-year stretch in a California prison for robbery. While behind bars, Burton took an interest in acting, and in 1974 he landed his first role in the blaxploitation film The Black Godfather.

After a string of minor TV appearances, Burton nabbed a small role in John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13, and then finally went for the knockout when he was cast as Duke in the first Rocky film. The rest, as they say, is history.

GEORGE MARTIN

George Martin

It’s been said that if there hadn’t been a George Martin, there wouldn’t have been a band called the Beatles. Whether that’s true or not is impossible to say, but George Martin certainly helped turn the band into the international sensation they became. John Lennon himself said that George Martin “made us what we were in the studio.” It’s no wonder the legendary producer was often called the fifth Beatle.

From 1963’s Please Please Me, the Beatles’ first LP, all the way through 1969’s Abbey Road, George Martin practically hey dude shoes was a member of the band, working closely with them to refine the sound and texture of each and every song. After the Beatles’ breakup, Martin continued producing for Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr during their solo efforts, famously working on McCartney’s “Live and Let Die” in 1973.

Other musical acts that George Martin worked with include Kenny Rogers, Celine Dion, and Elton John, to name a few. On March 8, 2016, Martin died of unknown causes. He was 90 years old and passed away quietly in his sleep.

NICK LASHAWAY

Nick Lashaway

Nick Lashaway never became a household name, although who knows where his career might have gone if it had been given more time. Most recently, Nick Lashaway was known for his role as Frank on HBO’s Girls. Lashaway also had roles in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and 2011’s In Time, starring Justin Timberlake.

In 1998, at the age of 10, Nick Lashaway was cast in The X-Files as a young Fox Mulder, a role he later reprised in the 2015 continuation of the series. According to an Instagram post by Lena Dunham, star of Girls, Nick Lashaway was talented and sweet, and she feels “such gratitude for his gifts.” Nick Lashaway was 28 when he was killed in a car accident on May 8, 2016.

ROB KNOX

Rob Knox

Rob Knox is relatively well-known to fans of the Harry Potter film franchise — he played ice cream-loving Ravenclaw Marcus Belby in Half-Blood Prince — though he should’ve been known for far more than that. Unfortunately, due to his incredibly untimely death, his career never advanced past that one big role.

Knox was set to return for Deathly Hallows, despite Belby hoka shoes not appearing in the Hallows novel, but tragedy struck before filming could commence. On May 24, 2008, Knox was at a pub with his younger brother in London when a man appeared, brandishing knives and screaming for a fight. He went after Knox’s brother, but Knox (also an aspiring rugby player) rushed in to defend him. Unfortunately, this left Rob with four stab wounds, and he died that day. He was only 18.

A year later, his killer, Karl Bishop, was sentenced to life in prison. Around that time, during Half-Blood Prince’s premiere, the cast wore white ribbons, both as a tribute to Knox and to raise awareness of the knife violence that was sadly prominent at the time in England.