Two years after her daughter Christina‘s tragic and sudden death, Tina Grimmie has died of breast cancer.
“We are saddened to announce the loss of our beloved Tina, also affectionately known as ‘Mama Grimmie’ to the millions of fans of Christina Grimmie around the world. She will be missed immensely,” the Grimmie family said in a statement shared on social media Sunday.
“Tina fought a courageous and brave battle with cancer for many years, even until her final hours with family by her side,” the statement continued. “While this is a bittersweet moment for us as a family, particularly after losing Christina two years ago, we rejoice at the thought that Tina and Christina are united once again in the presence of our Lord and Savior.”
On June 10, 2016, Christina was shot after performing as the opening act for Before You Exit at The Plaza Live venue near downtown Orlando. Grimmie’s brother Marcus heroically tackled her assailant Kevin James Loibl to the ground, before the latter turned the gun on himself. The singer was 22.
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“Tina Grimmie was a powerful and shining example of motherhood, being an amazing wife while giving love and encouragement to others. Her laugh, energy, passion and joyful spirit will eternally be a part of all of us,” the statement added.
In October 2014, Christina, who rose to fame on YouTube and later The Voice, revealed that her mother had survived breast cancer four times.
“My mom has had breast cancer four times, now. And she just got put back on chemo again,” she told AXS at the time.
After Christina’s death, the Christina Grimmie Foundation was created to support families who have lost a loved one to gun violence or have a member diagnosed with breast cancer.
In lieu of flowers, the Grimmie family asks that donations be made to the Christina Grimmie Foundation in Tina’s honor.
Tina is survived by her husband Bud and son Marcus.
Ahead of Labor Day, the engaged couple spent time together at one of the “Right Now” singer’s favorite getaways: Mammoth Mountain, California.
“A man and the mountains. @priyankachopra,” Jonas, 25, captioned a photo taken by his fiancée on Instagram Sunday.
In the picture, dated on Sept. 1, the pop star held a can of beer as he gazed at the view and his hiking backpack hung on a tree branch.
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Meanwhile, Chopra, 36, shared a vacation snapshot of her own. “#Magical,” the actress wrote along with a view from inside their getaway home.
Mammoth Mountain has long been a place for Jonas to escape and unwind but it appears it is the first time he and Chopra are in Mammoth together.
In the past, he has spent Thanksgiving there and created much of his sophomore album, Last Year Was Complicated, in the ski resort town.
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Days before their Mammoth trip, Jonas and Chopra were spotted arriving in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where they visited an agave farm and she shared photos of cows approaching their car.
Before they confirmed their engagement on Aug. 18, the pair has traveled to many places together including India, where he first met Chopra’s mother Madhu in June during a week-long getaway, and London, where Jonas proposed on her birthday in July.
Since then, their families have met and celebrated their impending nuptials as Jonas’ parents visited Mumbai for the first time.
But the romance may have all started at the couple first linked up at the 2017 Met Gala in New York. Despite hitting it off, the pair didn’t become romantically involved until the following year.
Donald Glover — who goes by the stage name Childish Gambino — just released a new music video for his song “Feels Like Summer,” and it’s packed with animated cameos from some of the celebrities who’ve dominated headlines in recent months.
In the video, an animated version of Glover, 34, walks around a neighborhood while listening to music and watching various stars interact with each other.
Making a reference to one of the biggest controversies in music this year, at one point, Kanye West appears on screen, wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat as tears stream down his face. The rapper, 41, is then comforted by former first lady Michelle Obama, who wraps her arms around him in a big embrace. After receiving the hug, West becomes noticeably calmer.
In recent months, West found himself at the center of a huge controversy, after calling President Donald Trump “his brother,” getting photographed wearing a MAGA hat, and then proceeding to imply that “slavery was a choice.”
During a radio interview with 107.5 WGCI Chicago earlier this week, the rapper, 41, addressed his actions, saying, “I don’t know if I properly apologized for how the slavery comment made people feel.”
“I’m sorry for the one-two effect of the MAGA hat into the slave comment, and I’m sorry for people that felt let down by that moment,” West continued. “And I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to talk to you about the way I was thinking and what I was going through and what led me to that and I just appreciate you guys holding on to me as a family.”
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The “Feels Like Summer” music video also contains a reference to comments Nicki Minaj made earlier this month about the frustration she felt by the success of Travis Scott’s album release compared to hers.
In the clip, the pair sits next to each other on the grass while Minaj carefully constructs a tower of blocks. Abruptly, Scott pulls out a block from the center of the structure and smiles as it all comes tumbling down — much to Minaj’s frustration.
While Glover has yet to share too many thoughts about the video, he has retweeted a Twitter message praising Justin Richburg, who designed all of the animated characters, for all of his hard work.
This is the third single Glover has released, following “Summertime Magic” and “This Is America.”
Glover kicks off his This Is America tour on Sept. 6 in Georgia, where he will be joined by Rae Stremmurd and Vince Staples.
Jamie Otis is sharing her heartbreak after having a chemical pregnancy.
On Sunday, the Married at First Sight reality star, 32, said that she had experienced a chemical pregnancy just days after she shared a picture of a pregnancy test that she hoped was positive.
“Sorry I’ve been MIA, this very bizarre positive pregnancy test then negative test then faint positive lines gave me hope that Gracie was going to become a big sis in 9 months, but the night before last I began having terrible contraction-like pains & spotting,” Otis began.
“Then over the night full blown everything – if you know what I mean. I’m a nurse so I had my suspicions; but my midwife confirmed I had a chemical pregnancy,” she continued. “I don’t know why some people have it seemingly SO easy to get preggers & carry their babies to term and others struggle?”
A chemical pregnancy is “an early pregnancy loss that occurs shortly after implantation,” according to Healthline.
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Sorry I’ve been MIA, this very bizarre positive pregnancy test then negative test then faint positive lines gave me hope that Gracie was going to become a big sis in 9 months, but the night before last I began having terrible contraction-like pains & spotting. Then over the night full blown everything – if you know what i mean. • I’m a nurse so I had my suspicions; but my midwife confirmed I had a chemical pregnancy. • I don’t know why some people have it seemingly SO easy to get preggers & carry their babies to term and others struggle? What i do know is that i am so, so thankful for this little girl right here. It’s like she knew mommy was in so much pain bc she just wanted to be held and snuggled all night long. • I also want to THANK YOU. I was hoping that if I put it out there that maybe all your prayers & positive energy would help me along this pregnancy because there is no doubt in my mind that all your support & encouragement while i was pregnant with Gracie helped me have such a smooth pregnancy. I’ll forever be grateful for YOU. • We have to wait a cycle before trying again, but I am on a mission to make Gracie a big sis now. …has this happened to anyone else where you go through a loss & then all you want – the only healing thought – is to become pregnant with a healthy pregnancy?! This happened to me after our sweet Johnathan & the same feelings have come back. • Thanks again for being the most loving, supportive, positive little community here on my instagram. I feel like I have a million sisters/friends who i call my “frans” right here & I appreciate you, your prayers, your thoughts & words of love for me & my little family more than you’ll ever know! • I love YOU. Thank you. • • • #mafs #marriedatfirstsight #og #ttc #pregnancyjourney #momlife #pregnancyloss #tryingtoconceive #pregnancylossawareness #pregnancy #loss #awareness #rainbowbaby #remain #thankful #and #grateful
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“What I do know is that I am so, so thankful for this little girl right here. It’s like she knew mommy was in so much pain bc she just wanted to be held and snuggled all night long,” Otis said.
Thanking her fans for their “prayers & positive energy,” Otis added, “We have to wait a cycle before trying again, but I am on a mission to make Gracie a big sis now. …has this happened to anyone else where you go through a loss & then all you want – the only healing thought – is to become pregnant with a healthy pregnancy?! This happened to me after our sweet Johnathan & the same feelings have come back.”
Otis and husband Doug Hehner, who tied the knot on Married at First Sight, have had a difficult road to parenthood. In July 2016, Otis and Hehner announced they had lost a baby boy they named Johnathan Edward.
Then in August 2017, Otis gave birth to daughter Henley Grace.
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In April, Otis said that she and Hehner were trying to have another baby — and noted that getting to that point had taken some time and effort.
“This is TMI, but it hurt so bad that it wasn’t even physically possible to do it,” she wrote. “But we have finally been able to be intimate!!! …it’s only taken 8 months for it to stop hurting. (This is the kinda stuff no one talks about so I had no idea how bad it’d be!!) …But we’re finally working on makin’ Gracie a little sibling to play with.”
Officially trying for baby number!!! This is TMI, but *it* hurt so bad that it wasn’t even physically possible to do *it* but we have finally been able to be intimate!!! …it’s only taken 8 months for *it* to stop hurting. (This is the kinda stuff no one talks about so I had no idea how bad it’d be!!) …But we’re finally working on makin’ Gracie a little sibling to play with and this time around, I’m not peeing on a bunch of sticks! Instead, I’m using the @avabracelet Ava tracks nine physiological parameters to tell you your most fertile days each cycle in real-time. Ava’s actually proven to DOUBLE your chances of conceiving each month! We’re so excited to grow our little family! If you want more info on Ava just go to Avawomen.com and as always, I asked for a code for my frans. Use my code JAMIE20 for $20 off your own #avabracelet. PS I love how Gracie keeps trying to eat the bracelet #best #ad #ever
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After welcoming her daughter in 2017, Otis exclusively told PEOPLE, “I’m not usually superstitious, but I definitely think Henley was a gift from her big brother.”
Hehner also gushed about his baby girl. “Everything’s come naturally so far,” he said. “I never changed a diaper in my life or swaddled . how quickly instinct takes over. My first time holding Henley, I couldn’t believe how much love I had for her in such a short amount of time.”
Hailey Baldwin is too blessed to be stressed!
Baldwin also went on to share that she’s not letting herself get too caught up in what the haters have to say about her relationship with the “Sorry” singer, 25.
“I don’t think it’s affected me really. I have learned to just try my best to ignore the negativity at this time so that I can enjoy this season of my life,” she remarked.
The couple got engaged during a romantic vacation to the Bahamas on July 7 and confirmed the exciting news on social media two days after the proposal.
“Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you!” Bieber wrote in the caption. “So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make.”
Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you! So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make. My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first! You are the love of my life Hailey Baldwin and I wouldn’t want to spend it with anybody else. You make me so much better and we compliment eachother so well!! Can’t wait for the best season of life yet!. It’s funny because now with you everything seems to make sense! The thing I am most excited for is that my little brother and sister get to see another healthy stable marriage and look for the same!!! Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it’s true GOOGLE IT! Isn’t that nuts? By the way I didn’t plan that, anyways My goodness does feel good to have our future secured! WERE GONNA BE BETTER AT 70 BABY HERE WE GO! “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains FAVOR from the Lord!” This is the year of favor!!!!
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“The wedding planning has slowed down a bit,” the source told PEOPLE earlier this month.
“It was getting quite intense and they realized they want to enjoy being engaged for a while…It’s not like they need to rush — they are both so young,” the source continued, adding, “They aren’t slowing things down though because they are unsure if they want to marry; they definitely want to get married.”
The Queen of Soul died on Aug. 16 of advanced pancreatic cancer. She was 76.
While her funeral and multiple days of public open casket viewings were streamed to the public, here are some moments fans may have missed.
The 100 Cadillacs
More than 100 pink Cadillacs escorted Franklin’s hearse to Greater Grace Temple.
The iconic moment was in honor of Franklin’s 1985 hit “Freeway of Love,” in which she talks about driving in a pink Cadillac.
“We goin’ ridin’ on the freeway of love/Wind’s against our backs/We goin’ ridin’ on the freeway of love/In my pink Cadillac/We goin’ ridin’ on the freeway of love,” she sings.
The Final Outfit Change
For her funeral, Franklin wore a sparkling gold floor length dress paired with sequinned heels, according to the Detroit Free Press.
It was her fourth and final outfit change of the week.
Before the funeral service, fans were able to say their goodbyes at a public open-casket viewing streamed from the rotunda of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.
On Tuesday, Franklin was dressed in a red suit and crimson pumps. Then on Wednesday, she was changed into a powder blue dress.
For the last public open-casket viewing, which held at New Bethel Baptist Church, where she got her start, Franklin was dressed in a rose gold St. John’s gown and gold Christian Louboutin heels.
Former Presidents, Pop Stars and Prominent Figures
Grande found herself to be quite a focal point of the service following her performance of “(You Make Me Feel) A Natural Woman.”
Many fans were outraged by her black mini dress. “I can’t believe Ariana Grande is walking into the house of the Lord FOR A FUNERAL in this little a– dress,” one user tweeted.
Grande was also mistaken for a Taco Bell food menu item by Bishop Charles H. Ellis. “When I saw Ariana Grande on the program, I thought that was a new something at Taco Bell,” Ellis joked.
Ellis later apologized saying, “I personally and sincerely apologize to Ariana and to her fans and to the whole Hispanic community,” Ellis told the Associated Press. “When you’re doing a program for nine hours you to try to keep it lively, you try to insert some jokes here and there.”
Another much-talked-about moment was actress Cicely Tyson’s extravagant hat that literally turned heads.
The Many Performances
Highlighting her Christian roots, Grammy-nominated gospel singer Marvin Sapp took the stage.
Yolanda Adams and Vanessa Bell Armstrong also performed as the service was officiated by Bishop Charles H. Ellis and Rev. Robert Smith Jr. served as the Co-Officiant.
Franklin’s funeral program showed a young Franklin wearing sunglasses with the words “A Celebration Fit For The Queen” written over it.
“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds,” Franklin’s family said in a statement.
Cardi B can’t get enough of her baby girl.
The “Bodak Yellow” rapper, 25, posted an adorable glimpse of her 7-week-old daughter Kulture Kiari on Instagram Sunday. The picture shows a close-up view of Kulture’s little hands resting on a gray top and pink pants.
“I needed a girl like you,” Cardi B captioned the picture. She added a pink bow and her baby’s initials “KK.”
Earlier on Sunday, she shared on her Instagram Story that she was up at 6:50 a.m. to give Kulture her bottle. “No sleep after the studio unless Kulture say soo,” Cardi B wrote.
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“Shout out to @offsetyrnfor trusting me with his daughters name and the rest of the space on them sideburns,” the tattoo artist wrote on Instagram.
Offset, who has sons Jordan and Kody and daughter Kalea Marie from previous relationships, said in a video that he has tattoos honoring all of his kids. The Migos rapper also has Cardi B’s name inked on his neck.
The new parents have yet to share a picture of Kulture’s face since she was born on July 10.
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Also at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, Cardi B pretended she had brought Kulture on stage for the baby’s first public appearance. But when she unwrapped the bundle of blankets in her arms, it turned out she was instead cradling a Moon Person trophy.
Even Offset was fooled.
“Set said ‘I was sooo mad, when I saw you on stage with that blanket. I thought you was going to show Kulture,’ ” Cardi B tweeted after the show.
LaLa Kent once said she has no problem blowing her boyfriend to get jewelry.
On Friday, however, the Vanderpump Rules star was able to nab herself a gigantic diamond ring without getting down on her knees.
In fact, Randall Emmett was the one down on one knee...
... because he proposed!
In exciting news broken by People Magazine, Emmett popped the life-altering question to Kent during a romantic trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where the couple also celebrated LaLa's 28th birthday at the Esperanza An Auberge Resort.
"Last night was the best night of my entire life," Kent wrote as an Instagram caption to the photos featured here.
She then explained why:
"I got engaged to the man of my dreams. I get to call this amazing human my fiancé! An engagement last night, my birthday today, and every sign my dad could possibly send me to let me know he’s here.
"I’m the happiest girl in the world."
Kent also spoke to the aforementioned publication about the development, telling People:
This weekend has been an amazing one for the two of us! It was definitely the most romantic moment of my life. Every detail of the surprise was stunning and I’m still in shock.
Because Emmett is 18 years older than Kent, this relationship has garnered a bit of backlash for the long-time Bravo personality.
It didn't help that Emmett was supposedly still married back when the two started dating.
The romance seems very real, however; so real that LaLa said in June that Randall asked for her dad's blessing just before he passed away.
Emmett didn't skimp in the ring department, either, as you can see below.
According to People, the proposal went down as follow:
Emmett set up a screen that showed one of Kent's favorite sitcom, Friends, before it went black and showed a video montage of the pair.
The next thing LaLa knew, Emmett was down on one knee and asking for her hand in marriage... with a 6-carat round brilliant diamond in a halo setting. Yes, SIX carats!
After Kent said yes, a private fireworks display went off in the background.
“I keep looking down at my ring finger. I’m just so happy to say we are officially engaged," Kent said, adding:
"We are so excited to start planning the rest of our lives together and I’m excited to put as much detail as Randall did in our engagement into our wedding!”
This marriage mark Kent's first marriage and Emmett's second, as we mentioned above.
He finalized his divorce from his wife at the end of last year, a few months after he and Lala first starting doing the deed.
Congrats to the newlyweds-to-be!
When you hear Farrah Abraham's name, what's the first thing that comes to mind?
Nothing good, probably.
Lots of people would think about Teen Mom in relation to Farrah, and others would definitely think about her back door and that quaint little film featuring it.
And some of you would just jump straight to how completely, ridiculously awful she can be, either at parenting or just in general.
But there's a pretty solid chance that upon hearing the name of our favorite girl here, many of you would think about the heaps of plastic surgery she's had.
Because it's a lot.
It's hard to keep up with everything that Farrah has done to her body over the years, but we do know that she kicked things off with breast implants -- she got those pretty early on, when Sophia was still a baby.
Back then, she went from an A cup to a C, but she's had a few more boob jobs since then, to go bigger and to fix some issues that popped up along the way.
After that, she got a nose job and a chin implant, although she later had the chin implant removed.
She's gotten very into vaginal rejuvenation surgeries, and she also gets lots of injectables.
Over the years, she's gotten butt injections, lip fillers, face fillers, and Botox.
If you look at an old photo of Farrah and compare it to the Farrah of today, it's painfully obvious how much she's changed her appearance.
And if you showed those photos to someone who isn't familiar with her, they might not even think the photos were of the same person.
But despite all those facts, those extremely well-documented facts that she's discussed several times over the years, it sounds like she's changing her tune now.
See, right now Farrah and Sophia are vacationing in Costa Rica, and she shared a video of herself walking around in a revealing swimsuit because that's just the kind of thing she does.
With the way the swimsuit is cut, you can see most of her ass, and a whole lot of side-boob.
And you know people always have something to say.
"Yuck," one person commented. "All that fakeness looks disgusting makes you look deformed."
"When ya booty phat af and your legs look like chicken legs," another person joked, pointing out the size difference between her modified and untouched body parts.
Someone else did the same thing, telling Farrah "Um... those implants look very phony. You've got scrawny arms and legs but a big butt? Yeah....no....sorry."
Believe it or not, Farrah herself saw that comment, and she decided to respond.
"Natural lmao get a life," she said.
But wait, it gets even wilder.
Another commenter told her "Yep love the body money bought you," and she hit back with "Training got me this body not money ... wise up."
Yep, this girl is honestly out here trying to say that her body is natural.
You can't make this stuff up.
Someone suggested that Sophia was probably filming this video for Farrah, which could very well be true -- Sophia did film her butt injections, remember.
Farrah called that person a "lost Broke hoe."
Then she really went off.
"God Gave Me A Body," she wrote.
"I train 3 hours a day 4 & if you lazy pieces of sh-t at home want to talk sh-t then take your scared nothing asses to @rumbleatx for 2 hour sessions & let me know if you live past it......"
"Oh datsss right," she finished, "you wouldn't!"
She has been training for that upcoming celebrity boxing match, and she may have just been thinking about that when making all of those replies.
You know, she might have been focusing on all the working out she's been doing lately and in her twisted Farrah brain, she could that's what people were talking about when they began commenting on her body.
Obviously no one was talking about that, and it's absolutely insane that she would would call her body "natural" for any reason.
But delusions are part of her charm, and so here we are.
What a wild, fun ride it always is with Farrah, isn't it?
People like to rip on the early 1900’s for being sexually repressed, but they used to wear swimsuits like the one Blanca has on all of the time, and I have never been more aroused in my life. It is concealing the parts that I most want to see, and yet still leaving very little to the imagination.
I like the bikini as much as the next guy, but I do not know why everyone is so gaga over it. Since when did stomachs become the greatest thing since sliced bread? 90 percent of the time they do nothing for me. The average woman could keep her stomach under perfect lighting and makeup at all times and it would still be lackluster.
Models are the exception to the rule. Their stomachs have been molded by the finest personal trainers and dieticians money can buy, so of course they will take advantage of the bikini and put it on display. They are not getting paid to leave anything to the imagination of the viewer. The general population, however, will profit greatly from the overactive imagination of the mind. Put a green screen over the stomach and they will be even better off.
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As Shepard, 43, rang in his 14th year of sobriety, the Veronica Mars alum, 38, wrote a sweet tribute to her husband on Instagram Saturday that just might have fans reaching for the tissues.
“To the man mocked me when in our wedding photos because I cried too many tears of joy, who wore a baby Bjorn for 2 straight years to show his girls how to be as adventurous as possible, who held our dear little shakey man pup for 8 hrs straight on the day we had to put him down, I know how much you loved using. I know how much it got in your way. And I know, because I saw, how hard you worked to live without it,” Bell said.
The actress, who shares 5-year-old daughter Lincoln and 3-year-old daughter Delta with Shepard, continued, “I will forever be in awe of your dedication, and the level of fierce moral inventory you perform on yourself, like an emotional surgery, every single night. You never fail to make amends, or say sorry when it’s needed. You are always available to guide me, and all of our friends, with open ears and tough love when its needed most.”
To the man mocked me when in our wedding photos because I cried too many tears of joy, Who wore a baby Bjorn for 2 straight years to show his girls how to be as adventurous as possible, Who held our dear little shakey mann pup for 8 hrs straight on the day we had to put him down, I know how much you loved using. I know how much it got in your way. And I know, because I saw, how hard you worked to live without it. I will forever be in awe of your dedication, and the level of fierce moral inventory you perform on yourself, like an emotional surgery, every single night. You never fail to make amends, or say sorry when its needed. You are always available to guide me, and all of our friends, with open ears and tough love when its needed most. You have become the fertilizer in the garden of our life, encouraging everyone to grow. I'm so proud that you have never been ashamed of your story, but instead shared it widely, with the hope it might inspire someone else to become the best version of themselves. You have certainly inspired me to do so. I love you more than I ever thought I could love anyone, and I want you to know, I see you. I see how hard you work. You set an excellent example of being human. Happy 14th year sobriety birthday, @daxshepard. Xoxo
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Calling her husband “the fertilizer in the garden of our life,” Bell praised Shepard for sharing his story. She concluded, “I love you more than I ever thought I could love anyone, and I want you to know, I see you. I see how hard you work. You set an excellent example of being human. Happy 14th year sobriety birthday, @daxshepard.”
The mother of two also shared a fun family album that included pictures of the couple’s laid-back wedding and children (whose faces were covered by cartoon hearts and apples).
Bell’s Instagram post particularly spoke to one fan, who commented, “This hit home for me. I’m trying to get sober…again and I hope to continue to have the same kind of support from my partner for just as many years. Thank you.”
Bell replied, “It’s hard and worth it. One day at a time xoxo.”
Meanwhile, Shepard shared that his wife surprised him a unique present for the anniversary — a tour of the King’s Hawaiian factory!
Best sober birthday present ever. @kristenanniebell got me a tour of the @kingshawaiian factory and I ate 8 STRAIGHT oughta the oven. 2 more upstairs, and 3 at home. 13 all-in for one day is an accomplishment I will not soon forget. Also, the fact that Kristen looks like a scientist and @mlpadman looks like she's on a kindergarten field trip just makes my heart swell to dangerous levels. Thanks Ladies!
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“Best sober birthday present ever. @kristenanniebell got me a tour of the @kingshawaiian factory and I ate 8 STRAIGHT oughta the oven. 2 more upstairs, and 3 at home. 13 all-in for one day is an accomplishment I will not soon forget,” he wrote on Instagram.
“Also, the fact that Kristen looks like a scientist and @mlpadman looks like she’s on a kindergarten field trip just makes my heart swell to dangerous levels. Thanks Ladies!” Shepard added.
The couple has opened up about Shepard’s substance abuse in the past. Two years ago, Shepard tweeted, “12 years ago today I came out of my last toxic, life-threatening stupor. I now have a wife & babies & some self-esteem.”
— dax shepard (@daxshepard) September 1, 2016
“Seeing the world through his eyes has really opened mine to knowing that it is a disease and nobody is choosing to drink more than others,” she explained. “They are doing it because of a variety of reasons and they deserve the attention of a mental health professional, and not the county jail or however else we’re choosing to pretend we’re fixing the problem.”