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Ant Anstead Breaks His Silence Over Christina Anstead Divorce – E! NEWS

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Ant Anstead is ready to speak out about his divorce from Christina Anstead.

Taking to Instagram on Saturday, Sept. 26, the British star opened up about his thoughts over the situation.

“Anyone who really knows me knows that I don’t like to share private matters publicly. I have remained silent while holding on to hope,” he captioned his post, alongside a black-and-white image of him and Christina. “I never gave up on us. I pray Christina’s decision brings her happiness.”

This marks the first time Ant has publicly commented on his breakup. In fact, his message comes nearly a week after the Flip or Flop star announced they were divorcing.

“Ant and I have made the difficult decision to separate,” the HGTV star’s Instagram read on Sept. 18. “We are grateful for each other and as always, our children will remain our priority. We appreciate your support and ask for privacy for us and our family as we navigate the future.”

Hours before Ant broke his silence, Christina discussed her life, divorce and everything in-between in a refreshingly honest post.

“For those of you who don’t know me (or think you know me) let me reintroduce myself,” she began her lengthy message on Saturday morning . “I hate crowds, I love traveling, all things spiritual, the ocean and deep one on one conversations.”

The Flip or Flop star also shared that she “never wanted to be on TV” but is “grateful” for the amazing opportunities and experiences she’s had because of it.

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But she kept it real and revealed that fame comes with some downsides.

“I live in a state of anxiousness and I’m so used to it that when it’s not there I tend to feel a void and hop into something that causes the feeling I’m used to,” she explained. “This can be good and bad. And it’s one of the things I’m working on breaking the pattern of. Sometimes anxiety and pursuit of new dreams leads me down amazing paths, other times it leaves me feeling lost and in a state of fight or flight / or crying in my closet.”

“Sometimes our calling is bigger than our plans. I never thought I would have one divorce let alone two,” she went on. “I never thought I would have 2 baby daddies – but sometimes life throws us curve balls. Instead of getting stuck in these ‘setbacks’ I choose to look at these challenges as opportunities to grow.”

Christina and Ant were married for nearly two years before deciding to go their separate ways. They welcomed their first child together last September. The HGTV star was also previously married to Tarek El Moussa. They share two kids together.

“I’m messy, I’m real and I’m working on healing. I’m surrounded by extremely powerful women who help me cope, build me up and push me to be better,” Christina said in closing. “I appreciate the support and I hope my story inspires you to not be so hard on yourself for the decisions / choices you’ve made. We are all a work in progress.”

A source recently told E! News Christina was “very disappointed” in the divorce.

“Bringing home the new baby was extremely difficult and challenging. It’s been a very difficult year with a lot of hard times,” the insider shared. “She never thought she was going to get a divorce so soon. She tried to give it more of a chance but it became very clear that it wasn’t going to work.”

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Raging fire breaks out in Beirut port a month after huge explosion – NBC News

A little over a month after a massive blast devastated Beirut, a raging fire in the Lebanese capital’s port on Thursday spewed thick plumes of smoke over the city.

Video and images posted online showed flames leaping inside a column of black smoke in the same area where nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded on Aug. 4. Other images captured the tornado-like swirl of smoke, rising high into the sky before diffusing out across the city where it hung in a cloud.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, but the presidential Twitter account of Lebanese President Michel Aoun said it might have been the result of sabotage, a technical error or negligence.

“In all cases, the cause must be known as soon as possible and the perpetrators held to account,” it added.

Smoke rises from Beirut’s port area, Lebanon on Thursday. Alaa Kanaan / Reuters

The director general of the Beirut port told the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation that the blaze broke out in the building of a company that imports frying oil. It then spread to rubber tires.

The governor of Beirut told residents to evacuate the streets and warned live on LBC that by staying put their lives were in danger and they risked impeding the firetrucks.

Attempts to extinguish the blaze were underway with the help of army helicopters, a spokesperson for the Lebanese army also told the broadcaster. Photos showed firefighters battling the blaze.

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Reports of the fire began circulating on social media shortly after 1 p.m. local time (6 a.m. ET). Three hours later, the director general of Civil Defense, Brig. Gen. Raymond Khattar, told LBC that the fire had been confined but that time was still needed to extinguish the blaze.

Fabrizio Carboni of the International Committee of the Red Cross later tweeted that a warehouse where thousands of food parcels were stored was on fire.

“Our humanitarian operation risks to be seriously disrupted,” he wrote.

Shocking images from the port of Beirut. The warehouse on fire is where @ICRC_lb stocks thousands food parcels and 0.5 million L oil. The extent of the damage still remains to be established. Our humanitarian operation risks to be seriously disrupted.https://t.co/S6l6IA0bdz

— Fabrizio Carboni (@FCarboniICRC) September 10, 2020

Beirut residents remain on edge after the enormous blast killed 191 people and injured 6,000. It was considered to be one of the biggest nonnuclear explosions ever recorded.

A video circulating on social media appeared to show workers at the port running away as the fire raged behind them. Shouts of “let’s go, let’s go” in Arabic can be heard.

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The event will likely trigger painful memories of last month’s blast for those working in the port as well as for emergency responders. Ten firefighters were among those killed in the August explosion.

Michel El Meouchi, 39, who was less than a mile away from the fire, described to NBC News that what appeared to be ash was falling from the sky.

His face mask that he wore to protect himself from the coronavirus acted as a shield against debris, he said.

“The sky is dark above us,” he said by phone from the city.

A fire burns in the port in Beirut, Lebanon, on Thursday.Hussein Malla / AP

El Meouchi said one problem now in emergency situations was that it was hard to know who or what to trust.

“When you lose trust in the government, you know, what can we do?” he said.

Lebanon was already staggering under the weight of a spiraling economic crisis when last month’s explosion devastated downtown Beirut, leaving thousands homeless.

In the wake of the blast, public anger boiled over once again, triggering the collapse of the government that many accuse of chronic mismanagement and corruption that is widely believed to have enabled the explosion to take place in the first place.

Najat Saliba, a professor specializing in atmospheric chemistry, warned the elderly and children in Beirut to protect themselves as far as possible from the smoke or even to leave the city.

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Saphora Smith is a London-based reporter for NBC News Digital. 

Mustafa Kassem

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Matteo Moschella

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Trump breaks with CDC director on potential for ‘worst fall’ amid pandemic, flu season | TheHill – The Hill

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPresident Trump’s brother, Robert Trump, dies at 71 Trump to take part in each day at GOP convention: reports Trump breaks with CDC director on potential for ‘worst fall’ amid pandemic, flu season MORE on Saturday said he disagreed with an assessment from the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that the United States could face the “worst fall” from a public health perspective if Americans do not follow guidelines to ease the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“No,” Trump told reporters at a news conference at his Bedminster, N.J., golf club when asked whether he agreed with CDC Director Robert Redfield’s recent remarks. 

“You can’t compare it to 1917, that was incredible,” Trump continued, referring to the Spanish Influenza pandemic, which infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide and is believed to have killed at least 50 million.

As of Saturday evening, the coronavirus had infected over 21 million globally since it emerged in China late last year, and killed over 768,000 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The U.S. accounts for the most cases globally, with over 5.3 million.

Redfield in an interview Wednesday with WebMD said that if Americans do not follow public health guidance, the U.S. could face “the worst fall, from a public health perspective, we’ve ever had” given that a fall COVID-19 surge would coincide with flu season.

“We’re going to have COVID in the fall, and we’re going to have flu in the fall,” Redfield said. “And either one of those by themselves can stress certain hospital systems.” 

In disagreeing with Redfield, Trump noted Saturday that cases and hospitalizations in the state of Florida have declined after surging during the month of July. He also said he believes many Americans are wearing masks to prevent the spread of the virus and practicing good hygiene.

“No, I don’t agree with that,” the president said. “If you look at these numbers, they are coming down substantially.”

Saturday’s remarks were not out of character for Trump, who has repeatedly broken with his top health experts when they have offered dire projections about the virus that cut against his own predictions. 

Trump also continued to project optimism about the economic recovery throughout Saturday’s news conference, highlighting statistics at the top of the briefing showing a bounce in retail spending in July and a surge in automobile production. Trump also claimed that the economic recovery would be hampered if presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTlaib votes ‘no’ on Democratic party platform Trump breaks with CDC director on potential for ‘worst fall’ amid pandemic, flu season Battle looms over Biden health care plan if Democrats win big MORE were elected in November.

“If stupid people aren’t elected next year, we’re going to have one of the greatest years that we’ve ever had,” Trump said, appearing to swipe at Biden, who is currently leading him in national and swing state polls. 

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Kim Kardashian West breaks silence on Kanye West’s mental health, asks for “compassion and empathy” – CBS News

Kim Kardashian West is addressing her husband Kanye West’s struggle with bipolar disorder in a heartfelt message on Instagram. The 43-year-old rapper’s mental health has come under increased scrutiny in recent days after he launched a potential bid for president and unleashed a series of bizarre statements and tweets. 

On Sunday, West hosted a campaign rally in South Carolina, which included controversial rants about Harriet Tubman and abortion. West did not end up making the filing deadline to appear on the South Carolina ballot. 

On Monday, he tweeted and deleted a series of late-night tweets, which took aim at both Kardashian West and her mother, Kris Jenner. 

In several Instagram Story posts Wednesday morning, Kardashian West opened up about how her husband’s mental health has affected him and their family. 

“Anyone who has [bipolar disorder] or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how complicated and painful it is to understand,”  she wrote. “I’ve never spoken publicly about how this has affected us at home because I am very protective of our children and Kanye’s right to privacy when it comes to his health.”

She said she decided to open up in order to destigmatize the condition and clear up some of the misconceptions about mental illness. 

“People who are unaware or far from removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual themselves have to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try,” she wrote.

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In a series of Instagram Story posts, Kim Kardashian opened up about Kanye West’s bipolar disorder.

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She said that West will always be subject to criticism, but asked for “compassion and empathy” as her family grapples with his disorder. She also voiced her support for her husband. 

“He is a brilliant but complicated person who on top of the pressures of being an artist and a black man, who experienced the painful loss of his mother, has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bi-polar disorder,” Kardashian West wrote. “Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words some times do not align with his intentions.”

Kardashian West said his disorder does not “diminish or invalidate his dreams and his creative ideas, no matter how big or unobtainable they may feel to some.”

“That is part of his genius and as we have all witnessed, many of his big dreams have come true,” she added. She concluded with a passionate plea to destigmatize talking about mental health and give “grace” to people struggling.

Kanye West spoke about his experience with bipolar disorder in an interview with David Letterman in May 2019.

“It is a health issue. This — it’s like a sprained brain, like having a sprained ankle. And if someone has a sprained ankle, you’re not going to push on him more. With us, once our brain gets to a point of spraining, people do everything to make it worse,” West said in the interview, adding that he was under a doctor’s care.


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West has not specified which type of bipolar disorder he has been diagnosed with. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Bipolar I Disorder is characterized by manic episodes and symptoms, as well as depressive episodes. Bipolar II Disorder is defined by depressive and hypomanic episodes, but not “full-blown” manic episodes.

Another type, known as Cyclothymic Disorder, is characterized by depressive and hypomanic symptoms that last several years, but not shorter episodes. An individual may also be diagnosed with unspecified bipolar disorder if their symptoms do not match the other three types. 

For more information about mental health care resources and support, The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. ET, at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or email info@nami.org.

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Producer OZ Breaks Down How DJ Khaled and Drake’s ‘POPSTAR’ & ‘GREECE’ Came Together – Billboard

With three Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits to his name in less than two years, OZ (that’s O-Z) knows the stakes are raised with every production he attaches his name to — but the Turkish beat maestro won’t let that hamper his creativity.

This Friday (July 17), The 28-year-old bolsters his already-impressive 2020 run by notching a pair of production credits on Drake and DJ Khaled‘s hopeful summer anthems: “Greece” and “POPSTAR.”

“Greece” might sound familiar to 6 God faithful, as the lavish track leaked earlier this year. It sees Drake experimenting with higher-pitched vocals, while the Instagram caption-friendly “POPSTAR” is oozing with song of the summer potential, after finally coming to fruition nearly a year to the day OZ crafted the woozy beat.

Even after producing the Future-assisted “Life Is Good,” the ubiquitous “Toosie Slide,” and a pair of Dark Lane Demo Tapes cuts, OZ isn’t done just yet with more Drake collabs possibly on the horizon. He also names Travis Scott (“SICKO MODE” & “Highest in the Room”) and Meek Mill as artists he’s working alongside in 2020.

OZ hopes all of these musical victories eventually springboard him to his dream scenario of taking home producer of the year honors at the upcoming Grammy Awards, which he’s throwing his name into the mix for the Academy to consider. He’s been nominated in various categories over the past four years but has never hoisted the gilded gramophone.

Take a look at the rest of our interview with the Switzerland native, as he breaks down producing both of the new Drake and DJ Khaled collabs, paying Drizzy’s Toronto mansion a visit, his plans to win a Grammy, and more.

Billboard: How was your quarantine in Switzerland? Are things opening up over there?

OZ: Everything’s open and regular. There are a few rules with [wearing a] mask, but other than that, we even have clubs open.

You produced two records for Drake and DJ Khaled. Let’s start with how “Greece” came together.

I made the beat with Tiggi. He sent me a sample and I flipped his sample to make it more uptempo and clubby. I did the drums and then sent it to Drake. He had the beat and we didn’t know he was going to do something. A couple of weeks went by, and he sent the first idea back. From there, we knew it was about to be crazy. The vocals don’t sound like the other songs he has with me. I think Noel [Cadastre, Drake’s engineer] did Drake’s vocals. We started the song last fall and went back-and-forth on the production side.

How has your chemistry with Drake developed since getting your first placement with him on VIEWS to this year’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes?

The relationship really started last winter through my manager. We met for the first time last winter and I’ve been working on a daily basis and sending him all types of beats. I think he knows I’m not just making one type. I can make anything from R&B to hard rap beats and for the club. I’m always doing what I feel could be the next wave. The chemistry’s just perfect. He knows I work hard and he appreciates that.

He flew me out a couple of times last year. It was not like the other regular sessions we know about. It was more, go there and build a vibe. The first time was in Los Angeles — Drake rented a mansion for a bunch of producers on the same management team as me. The second time we met was in London when we went to see a couple of his shows. When his house was done, we were also in Toronto at the big mansion. The house is so big, I don’t know how many families could live there. He gave me the opportunity to work in his home studio and make beats, which was fresh inspiration for me. I would make beats and send them to his phone. When there was something he felt was fire, he’d let me know and we’d go from there.

Does it feel weird to have this song synonymous with Greece? Whenever you hear it, does it remind you of going out there?

When I hear this song, it gives me the feeling that I want to book my vacation right now and fly out to Greece. I want to be there on the beach, chilling, and listening to music. I don’t know if there’s a song out named after a country, but it’s different. Greece is a great place. When I hear the song, it puts pictures in my mind like a movie.

Could “POPSTAR” be your fourth No. 1 to top the Billboard Hot 100?

Who knows, maybe “Greece” or “Popstar?” “Greece” is kind of uptempo and emotional, but “Popstar” is a hard club record. It could definitely go to the No. 1 spot. If people could go to concerts right now, this would be a crazy record to hear live.

How was working with the production duo David x Eli on this track?

I made the beat last summer. I tweeted that I made it last July, and a year later it’s going to happen. I worked with David x Eli, they’re a producer team from Germany. I think they’re brothers. I always open sample packs from producers to see what kind of vibe I’m on. A lot of times, I’m too lazy to make my own samples, so I’ll use other producers to find a crazy melody. I love to collaborate with people. I ended up using their loop to take this to the next level.

A lot of your bigger records are working alongside other producers. Can you speak to what that collaborative process is like when creating?

It’s great to collaborate with other producers because everyone has a different ear. Somebody might come with a crazy melody with a sound I may have never thought about and then I’ll flip it. There are times I’ll do my own thing, like on “Toosie Slide” or “Time Flies,” which are records I made by myself, which feels great.

Are producers and artists treating you differently since all of your success? Is it easier to get placements now?

It’s hard nowadays, when you’re popping, a lot of people are asking for beats and rappers will hit me up like, “I need the pack!” You have to be ready. I take my time with my beats, but now I feel the pressure. I have to deliver more music, and people are hitting me up saying, “We need a hit too!” It’s kind of hard to make all the beats I make from scratch so I like to get co-signs from other producers sending me samples.

I’m always trying to find a new sound, I’m not just sitting here repeating samples. My records from the last 12 months are so many different vibes [“Gold Roses,” “Highest in the Room,” “Time Flies,” “Life Is Good,” “Toosie Slide”]. I definitely care about my sound so I don’t overproduce. I don’t overproduce and make trash-ass beats because I’m popping. You still have to make quality beats so you can stay up there.

In 2018 I thought I can‘t go higher after Sicko Mode was released. God really has plans with me. Life is good, God is great❤️

— OZ (@ozmusicproducer) July 15, 2020

Your manager told me you’re going to be submitted for producer of the year at the Grammy Awards. Is that something that has always been a goal of yours?

It has always been my dream to win producer of the year. Now that I’ve achieved all of this, it seems realistic that I could be nominated. I came this far and it’s really possible I could make my dream come true. I’ve been nominated the last four years on albums and records, but I’ve never won anything. It would be crazy if my first win is for producer of the year. That’s the highest I can get. I’d be honored, but I know there are so many other producers out there. I believe in me and my team, so I think we can make it happen.

Who are we going to see you working with the rest of 2020?

It’s always the same routine. Every year, I try to work with the same artists to get on their albums or make a classic song. My goal is to just keep going and make “another one.” I’m working with Drake, Travis Scott, Meek Mill, and Giveon.

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Ryan Hall breaks down ‘magic happy land’ fight between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 – MMA Fighting

When featherweight contender Ryan Hall looks at the UFC 249 main event between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje, he’s as excited as the rest of us.

The highly-anticipated interim lightweight title fight takes place on Saturday at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., behind closed doors.

Like most fans of the sport, Hall has a short list of fights he considers must-watch television. For The Ultimate Fighter 22 winner and acclaimed Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Ferguson versus Gaethje checks all the boxes.

“If you could make one of my magic happy land fights, this is obviously going to be one of those,” Hall told MMA Fighting while appearing on What the Heck. “I’m a big Gaethje fan and I’m a big fan of Tony Ferguson.”

Ferguson enters the fight tied with undisputed lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for the longest active win streak in the UFC at 12. “El Cucuy” doesn’t consider the fight an “interim” title fight, but rather his third title defense since submitting Kevin Lee in the third round of the UFC 226 main event in October 2017.

Hall, who’s unbeaten in four octagon appearances, sees the dangers Ferguson brings into all of his fights, UFC 249 included.

“Tony’s ability in scrappiness, playing off of his back, he’s long and he’s creative and, in certain regards, is a little wild, and that makes him such a wild card,” Hall said. “I still remember this picture that was going around and it showed the faces of all of the people that have fought Tony Ferguson in the last while and you go, ‘Holy moly. They look like they’ve been in a slasher film.’

“It’s not like it is not a tough group of people. Tony can sometimes absorb some damage as well, but I think one of the things that makes him so offensively dynamic is that he is out there. You can find him and you can hit him a little bit, but at the same time, when he gets going, he’s overwhelmingly offensively effective. He’s dangerous from all positions, always attacking, always moving and obviously has the heart of a champion.”

After suffering the only two losses of his career to Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier, Gaethje has been on a tear. “The Highlight” lived up to his moniker in his three previous fights with first-round finishes of James Vick, Edson Barboza and Donald Cerrone.

While the skill sets may be different, Hall is fascinated with the under-the-radar similarities between the two.

“Gaethje is so similar in that regard,” Hall said. “They just use a different set of tools. He’s obviously physically different. I know that Tony can wrestle pretty well, himself. It’s something that doesn’t come up as often – not in an obvious sense in a lot of his fights.

“Seemingly, Gaethje uses his wrestling more in reverse to stop people from stopping him from Justin Gaethje-ing them. In older fights, I’ve seen highlights of him just launching guys. I think was an All-American, D-1, so you know he can definitely wrestle.”

Currently, Ferguson is a slight favorite over his dangerous counterpart. The winner of the fight likely has a date with Nurmagomedov later this year in a title unifier.

Hall is mum on an official prediction. He approaches the fight with a coin-flip mentality.

“It’s really difficult to pick,” he said. “MMA is such an interesting sport, because there’s so many ways to win and so many ways to lose that it’s so volatile by nature compared to a basketball game or even a boxing match, which is relatively sterile. I think, in a lot of ways, people haven’t really figured out a way to fight MMA in a way that limits that volatility. That’s something Floyd Mayweather has done brilliantly in boxing, and that’s something that doesn’t resonate with the average fan, or even the average competitor.

“We watch [Mayweather’s] method and we watch his success over the years and think, ‘Oh, man, there’s obviously something to this Floyd guy.’ When he gets touched, or when he gets in trouble, he has the grit of an Arturo Gatti when he needs it. He just turns that on and off.

“This fight [between Ferguson and Gaethje] is unbelievable because both of these guys are there to put you away. I really love the way Gaethje approaches the game because – he doesn’t say it – but I think a lot of people pretend to be Justin Gaethje, and they aren’t. They’re like, ‘I’m gonna get you, I’m gonna knock you out and you can never knock me out,’ and he doesn’t say stuff like that. He says, basically, ‘If you don’t knock me out, you’re gonna have a really rough night. But I didn’t say you couldn’t, I just don’t think you can. We’ll find out.’

“I think he’s as mentally tough as anybody out there. He stands behind his words, and he’s an unbelievably entertaining fighter, a super skillful dude. I’m excited as a fan to see this one.”

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