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TikTok Star Stacey Pentland Dead At 37 After Cancer Battle

TikTok Star Stacey Pentland Dead At 37 After Cancer Battle
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Popular TikTok creator Stacey Pentland passed away on Thursday following a battle with terminal cancer.

The mother of four grew to online fame after she was diagnosed with the illness last year and decided to document her fight against the disease. She was just 37. A message sadly confirming her death was posted to Pentland’s account last week that read:

“It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that our beautiful Stacey passed away this afternoon at 20 to 2. Can I ask you to respect the family’s privacy at this difficult time.

@stacey352

♬ remember me – christina perri

So, so sad…

Related: Pregnant Woman Fatally Shot While Unloading Baby Shower Gifts From Her Car

Many of Stacey’s friends and fans took to the comment section to mourn their dear friend and “inspiration,” writing:

“Those little videos each day [will] be sadly missed.”

“No more pain, anxiety, and suffering for the beautiful woman I never met but felt like I knew.”

“There are no words, heartbroken for her and her family. Fly high, Stacey, the most incredible woman I’ve ever come across in my life.”

“Utterly heartbroken oh stace I’m so so so sorry I have no words just so unfair thinking of your babys and family right now.”

“A true inspiration. I will never, ever, forget Stacey Pentland for as long as I live.”

“R.I.P. you beautiful soul, thank you for being so brave and taking us all on your journey.”

Stacey, who lived in Newcastle, England, joined TikTok in April 2020, around the time she was diagnosed with cancer. She amassed over 200,000 followers as well as 5 million likes on her videos, which usually consisted of updates on her treatment and health, discussing her family life, and day-to-day activities. Her last video, shared on November 15, painted a very sad picture.

Related: Andrew Garfield’s Beautiful Statement On Grieving His Late Mother: ‘I Hope This Grief Stays With Me’

Struggling to speak and with an oxygen tube in her nose, the momma explained that she had woken up very early in the morning and decided to make breakfast. But soon after, she found herself feeling weak and literally “crawled up the stairs” to her bedroom, feeling out of breath by the time she made it to the top. Hear her explain the situation (below).

@stacey352

#endoflife #heartbroken #fypシ #fypシ #keepgoing #fightforlife #fightforlife #lovemykids #loveuall #yourallamazing #yourallamazing #terminal

♬ original sound – user2598700788164

Stacey leaves behind her husband and four children, who we are thinking of dearly in this devastating time. May Pentland rest in peace knowing she and her brave fight made an impact on so many viewers. R.I.P.

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Grammys Defend Marilyn Manson & Louis C.K. Nominations As Miley Cyrus & Machine Gun Kelly Respond Very Differently To Snubs

Grammys Defend Marilyn Manson & Louis C.K. Nominations As Miley Cyrus & Machine Gun Kelly Respond Very Differently To Snubs
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It wouldn’t be Grammy nomination day without some controversy, would it?

On Tuesday, the Recording Academy released its list of nominations for the 2022 awards ceremony. As always, there was plenty of celebration, with Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Justin Bieber, H.E.R., and Jon Batiste leading the pack with several nominations each. But there were also — as always — some serious snubs.

Related: OMG Katy Perry’s Response To Never Getting A Grammy Is ICONIC!

Machine Gun Kelly didn’t take too kindly to his pop-punk album, Tickets to My Downfall, being shut out of the January 31 event. He complained on Twitter:

“wtf is wrong with the grammys”

Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus was a little more chill about her rock album Plastic Hearts getting snubbed, noting that she was “in good company” sharing a list of artists (like legends Freddie Mercury, Jimi Hendrix, and Patti Smith) who had never won the coveted prize.

In good company. ???????? https://t.co/ASoUeuTIJ9

— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) November 23, 2021

Perhaps more controversial than the artists who didn’t get nominated were those who did. Following the noms announcement, there was outcry in particular against the recognition of Louis C.K. (for Best Comedy Album) and Marilyn Manson (as a songwriter on Kanye West’s Donda).

Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. responded to the backlash, telling The Wrap:

“We won’t restrict the people who can submit their material for consideration. We won’t look back at people’s history, we won’t look at their criminal record, we won’t look at anything other than the legality within our rules of, is this recording for this work eligible based on date and other criteria. If it is, they can submit for consideration.”

Sure, anybody can submit their work for consideration, but the Recording Academy had to vote in order for them to be nominated. Louis C.K. (who admitted to sexual misconduct) might not end up winning an award, but the Academy still had to vote to give him the honor of being nominated.

In fairness, it’s a more complicated situation when the problematic person is involved with someone else’s work, as Marilyn Manson (who faces allegations of sex trafficking as well as sexual, physical, and psychological abuse by multiple accusers) is with Ye.

The same can be said for Dr. Luke, who was accused of rape and assault by Kesha and is now nominated multiple times for Doja Cat’s album Planet Her. Still, it’s disappointing to see these names among the nominees — not only are these supposedly “canceled” men still working at the highest levels of their professions, but they are being rewarded for it.

Related: The Weeknd BOYCOTTS Grammys Over Alleged Corruption — Is He Right?!

As much as we love Doja, it’s heartbreaking to think Dr. Luke might accept a Grammy on the same stage where Kesha condemned him with her soulful rendition of Praying in 2018. The one silver lining is that Mason Jr. hinted that the more controversial nominees might not get an invite to the ceremony. He explained:

“What we will control is our stages, our shows, our events, our red carpets. We’ll take a look at anyone who is asking to be a part of that, asking to be in attendance, and we’ll make our decisions at that point. But we’re not going to be in the business of restricting people from submitting their work for our voters to decide on.”

Alleged rapist? Sure, you’re welcome here!

What do U think, Perezcious readers? Should the Grammys be more strict about who gets a nod? Or do you feel like the system is fair? Let us know your thoughts in the comments (below).

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Ted Lasso Is Taken! Jason Sudeikis Spotted Smooching Model Ex Keeley Hazell!

Ted Lasso Is Taken! Jason Sudeikis Spotted Smooching Model Ex Keeley Hazell!
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Taking a second chance at love?!

Ted Lasso co-stars and former lovers Jason Sudeikis and Keeley Hazell were spotted on a romantic, PDA-filled vacation together Monday! The 46-year-old actor and the 35-year-old model were captured in photographs obtained by DailyMail.com enjoying a relaxing beach day in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

While Jason donned a red t-shirt and blue swim trunks, Keeley showed off her body in a small hot pink bikini! They spent the day lounging in a private section of the beach, dipping their toes in the water, and, of course, making out under the warm sun. Ch-ch-check out the photos HERE!

Related: Jason Sudeikis Is Actually Ted Lasso IRL — See The Sweet Letter He Wrote

Wow! Sooo, things seem back on! As Perezcious readers will recall, the duo first sparked romance rumors in June, soon after Sudeikis’ engagement to Olivia Wilde imploded. The co-parents split in November 2020, and almost immediately, Olivia was already with Harry Styles. Some suspected the girlfriend and boyfriend may have linked up before the engaged couple officially split.

Things were just as suspicious when it came to Jason and Keeley’s timeline, though. As you may know, the performers originally met in 2014 while on the set of Horrible Bosses 2. They stayed in touch and must have been pretty close considering Jason named a character in his Apple TV+ hit after Hazell, who also snagged a small role in the series.

When news of their romance first made headlines, a source had this to say to The Sun:

“Jason has always found Keeley incredibly attractive, and has told pals he’s had a crush on her since her Page 3 days.”

Those Page 3 days go waaaay back to 2009, so, it sounds like feels have been bubbling between these two for a while! (FYI, Page 3 was a British newspaper tradition of publishing a large pic of a topless model on the third page of the paper.)

Related: Blake Moynes Feels Completely ‘Blindsided’ About Bachelorette Ex Katie Thurston’s New Man!

In March, when the We’re the Millers alum accepted the Best Actor in a Comedy Series award at the Golden Globes, fans suspected he and the model were already living together. But months after the fast and furious relationship started, the couple broke up in July. They were last spotted together publicly in September. That is, until now!

Perhaps the holiday season has the duo looking for love again?! It sure seems like they’re back together! Thoughts?? Let us know (below)!

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Kim Kardashian’s Friends Are Seeing A Totally New Side To Her Amid ‘Fun & Sexy’ Pete Davidson Romance!

Kim Kardashian’s Friends Are Seeing A Totally New Side To Her Amid ‘Fun & Sexy’ Pete Davidson Romance!
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Pim is thriving!

Kim Kardashian is known the world over for her whip-smart business sense and knack for branding, marketing, and promotion. When it comes to shrewd businesswomen, they don’t get much smarter than the mega-successful SKIMS and KKW Beauty founder.

But what if the most important piece in the proverbial puzzle turns out to be the exact opposite of that?!

Related: 12 People Indicted In Latest Development Stemming From Kim’s 2016 Armed Robbery

Insiders close to her budding new relationship with Pete Davidson are marveling at the effect the Saturday Night Live star is having on the put-together reality TV maven and fashion icon. In fact, Pete’s laid-back, low-key vibe — combined with his hilarious personality — are apparently doing wonder’s for Kim’s psyche and mental outlook!

Speaking to Us Weekly in a new report published early Wednesday morning, a source close to the couple informed the outlet just how much things have changed for the 41-year-old mom of four recently. And her new 28-year-old beau appears to have the biggest hand in all that, as it goes (below):

“The past few years of Kim’s life have been super intense a lot of the time, so this is a real positive transition for her. She’s learning to move past day-to-day stresses and focus on the fun and sexy things.”

Wow!

It’s hard to believe it’s been about a month since the duo was first spotted together at a California amusement park alongside Kourtney Kardashian and her fiancé, Travis Barker. It’s an understatement to say that the last few weeks have been a whirlwind, then, with Kim and Pete popping up on both coasts amid late-night dinner dates and other paparazzi-crashed outings showing off their new, fresh adoration for each other.

The idea that her thing with Pete is a “real positive transition” for the KUWTK star has been previously hinted at, too. Earlier this month, an insider told the same outlet about Kim’s heartwarming feelings towards the King of Staten Island, explaining:

“Kim lights up when she’s around Pete. Their chemistry is off the charts and getting stronger each passing day.”

And whenever one discusses a transition to something, it’s important to think about what that means as far as a transition from something else, right?

Yes, we’re totally talking about Kanye West AKA Ye now. Keep up. LOLz!

The light-hearted, sweet vibe Kim has with Pete is a direct and opposite response to all the drama she shared with the 44-year-old rapper as their tumultuous relationship came to an end when Kim filed for divorce back in February. Ye pulled some shady s**t while running for President amid his mental health struggles and it would appear his ex is in a better and easier place mentally now that she’s out from under that whole situation.

Related: Machine Gun Kelly BOLTS When Asked About Pete And Kim’s New Relationship! Whoa!

Still, this new insider informs Us that Kim’s friends are still somewhat “cautious” about her new romance, “mainly because they’re so protective of her,” and don’t want to see her get hurt again so soon. We get it!

The bottom line, though, is that she seems to be on cloud nine right now:

“It’s hard to ignore how happy she is, and that’s all that really matters.”

Amen!

What do U think, Perezcious readers?? Share your thoughts on Pim with us down in the comments (below)…

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5 Biggest Hannah Brown Book Bombshells: Bad Sex, Cancer, Murder, & MORE!

5 Biggest Hannah Brown Book Bombshells: Bad Sex, Cancer, Murder, & MORE!
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Former Bachelorette Hannah Brown released her candid book, God Bless This Mess, on Tuesday, and she left nothing off the page!!

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Of course, the book includes all the juicy inside secrets of the reality star’s relationships with ex-fiancé Jed Wyatt and Peter Weber, but it also dives into some never-before-shared life experiences — like her battle with cancer in fifth grade and a family murder! Catch up on all the bombshells (below):

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Jed ‘Wasn’t As Good’ In Bed As Peter

Hannah confessed that her relationship with ex-fiancé Jed paled in comparison to her former suitor Peter — at least in the bedroom!

“I’ll be honest here: the sex wasn’t as good as it was with Peter. But my emotional need for connection was more fulfilled.”

That said, her fantasy suite night with the Nashville-based musician was “more like what a date night would feel like back home.”

Related: Tyler Cameron Says He & Hannah Brown ‘Struggled’ To Stay Just Friends!

Her sex escapades with Weber in an old windmill were strictly “fun,” Brown added:

“I went into the room with Jed with pretty much the exact same expectations I’d had with Peter: I was just looking forward to alone time away from the cameras. But it was maybe more complicated with Jed, because we had this deep emotional connection.”

Just weeks after she and Jed got engaged during the Season 15 finale, she knew in her heart Wyatt “wasn’t the man” of her dreams. It didn’t help that he was eager for “details” about her time with the pilot, she continued:

“He also asked me if his thing was bigger than Peter’s. Why do guys always ask that? ‘I don’t even remember,’ I told him. I just didn’t see how answering that question would be good for anybody.”

That’s a “yes.” LOLz!

When accustations that Wyatt had a girlfriend while he was on the show surfaced, Hannah recalled feeling “so embarrassed” by his “constantly changing story.” She called it quits on the relationship in front of cameras, noting:

“In some ways it felt so good to finally tell the audience, officially, that Jed and I were no longer together. But it was still heartbreaking to come to terms with how it had all ended. It was sad.”

To heal her broken heart, she quickly found herself falling back into bed with Peter, this time while his season of the Bachelor was airing and his engagement to Hannah Ann Sluss was already secretly over. But things weren’t as hot as she once remembered, the reality star wrote:

“I didn’t go [to his house] expecting us to have sex. But we did. I’m not sure what to say about it, except that it wasn’t good. […] The sex didn’t last very long.”

Again, she was left feeling “embarrassed” and “ashamed” of herself. Aw! Now dating model Adam Woolard, Hannah concluded:

“It’s easy to fall back into what’s familiar, even when that familiarity isn’t good for you. But I’m so glad to be figuring this stuff out.”

Tyler Cameron & Gigi Hadid Love Triangle

It gets more complicated… When things ended with Jed, Hannah and Tyler Cameron decided to give things a second chance, announcing the news on the After the Final Rose special. But soon after, the male model was spotted out with Gigi Hadid!

After Tyler and Hannah spent a romantic evening at her West Hollywood apartment, she woke up to learn he’d found himself another lady, she wrote:

“I woke up the next morning to find paparazzi photos of Tyler tagged all over Instagram. Tyler, in New York City — on a date with supermodel Gigi Hadid. Tyler met up with a supermodel after getting off the phone with me.”

On the betrayal, Brown mused:

“What’s crazy is, I loved Gigi Hadid! I thought she was the coolest. I still do. I get it. I would even go on a date with her. I wanna be her friend! But never did I expect to be in a love triangle with her.”

While the 27-year-old was finally looking forward to having one boyfriend at a time, that’s not what her possible partner had in mind, she recalled:

“This wasn’t a TV show. This wasn’t some game. My time with Tyler at my apartment wasn’t some meaningless hookup, the way it was portrayed in the press. My heart was on the line. And he broke it. With a supermodel. Can you imagine?”

Wow. She always played such the cool girl in the public eye. Of course we didn’t know her heart was broken! She goes on to say she felt “so embarrassed” and “hurt” at the public scandal.

“It all caught me so off guard.”

It was made worse when she couldn’t get in touch with Cameron before a press tour, which she would have to do while heartbroken.

“Everyone wanted to know what was going on. ‘I don’t know what’s going on!’ is the only thing I could say.”

When the hunk “finally called” back, his excuse went something like:

“‘You got to date 30 guys, so I’m gonna date around and see if I still want to be with you.’”

WTF!! That is some petty s**t! Hannah responded:

“‘You just told me you weren’t seeing anybody else. And then you said you wanted to talk about it, but we never talked about it, and like an hour later you went out with her!’”

She went on to express how much she regretted “[hyping him] up as this respectful king” because his actions with Hadid proved otherwise. She told him:

“‘This feels like you’re disrespecting me more than anybody has in my entire life! I’m going to be asked about you and Gigi now, constantly. Do you not understand that? I’m the one who has to answer for what you’re doing.’ I was so mad.”

Tyler and Gigi broke up after nearly two months of dating.

Cancer Survivor

Something that shockingly never came up on The Bachelorette?? When Hannah was just 11 years old, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and underwent surgery to have the tumor removed.

The diagnosis was made after she had an MRI in fifth grade to determine what was causing frequent stomach aches. When doctors discovered the life-threatening tumor, she had a procedure to remove it. Doctors removed a “tumor the size of an egg” on her pancreas, she wrote:

“They sent me for a biopsy, and a day or so later, my dad got a call with the results — not from our regular doctor, but from an oncologist. The tumor was malignant. Cancer. Pancreatic cancer — one of the deadliest forms of cancer there is.”

Despite the scary circumstances, Alabaman native “wasn’t scared” going into surgery, she recalled:

“On the day of my surgery, I wasn’t scared about what was going to happen to me. At all. Even though my mother was in tears and my dad looked as worried as I’d ever seen him in my life as the nurses came to wheel me into the operating room, I looked up at my mom from my hospital bed and said, ‘Mama, I’m going to be okay.’’’

There was one thing she was a bit worried about, though, she admitted:

“There was a chance we’d have to go through radiation and chemotherapy, they said, depending on what the surgeon found once they got me into the operating room. But miraculously, I didn’t need either one.”

Thankfully, the tumor was entirely removed and it had not spread to other parts of her body, she wrote:

“I had to go to checkups a few times a year or so after that, but nothing else ever turned up in my scans or in my bloodwork.”

Wow. What a survival story!

A Family Murder

In God Bless This Mess, Hannah also revealed her biggest family tragedy: her aunt LeeLee and two cousins, Robin, 6, and Trent, 4, were brutally murdered by a man they had allowed to live in a trailer in their backyard while he worked on their house. The killer had previously served time for non-violent offenses and was out on a work-release program. Brown was just 6 years old at the time of the horrifying event.

Related: Bachelorette Tayshia Adams Splits From Fiancé Zac Clark Weeks After Running NYC Marathon Together

LeeLee’s husband Stu came home to find his family members dead, according to Hannah. Ugh, we cannot even imagine. As she recalls it, the man came to the home for money and stabbed her aunt when she caught him digging through her purse.

LeeLee, the youngest sister of Hannah’s father Robert, told her children to run, but the 6-year-old was caught and stabbed multiple times with a steak knife. Trent made it upstairs, and LeeLee followed… but they were both discovered by the murderer. Hannah wrote:

“He had ‘gone too far now,’ he told her, and he stabbed her again. As she lay dying on the floor, he found Trent.”

The former ABC personality continued:

“He slid open the door to the cabinets in the hallway. He pulled Trent out, four-year-old Trent, and he killed him, too. When it was all over, he went back and stabbed all three of them again, just to make sure they were dead.”

Oh my gosh…

The devastating attack quickly formed a rift between herself and her father’s side of the family. Because her parents did not believe in therapy, nobody properly processed the trauma which led to years of mental health struggles, she reflected:

“I wasn’t scared of monsters under my bed; I was scared of someone being in my closet, sneaking into my window, breaking through our front door to kill my family. Not a monster. A man.”

She was later diagnosed with narcolepsy, something she believes was a “direct symptom of the trauma of the murder itself.” Speaking to Us Weekly about the traumatic death of her family members, and including it in the book, Hannah admitted:

“I think [writing about my childhood and The Bachelor] both came with their own challenges. The tragedy with my aunt and my cousins was really hard because I hadn’t really ever processed it. I had just gotten a therapist around the time of deciding to write this book. It was kind of, like, an assignment she gave me to write [about] it. That was really hard because there was obviously a lot of emotions there. But on the other side of that, it was really healing. And not only for me but for my family, which kind of comes up at the end of the book, like, how it really has healed our family from something that has just continued to be that hidden thorn in everybody’s side that we just cover up and pretend it’s not there.”

This harrowing incident wasn’t the only trigger that affected her mental health. Toxic ex-boyfriends and the pressure to succeed while she competed in pageants also affected her. She told the outlet:

“I think the biggest takeaway is we live in a society where it’s just, like, keep going, distract, distract, do the next thing, win this, do this — and there is no accolade, reward, amount of money, followers, whatever, that can really heal the pain unless you do the work. It will just continue to build and build and build and become something that you never thought it would be if you don’t really go to the source. And sometimes that means you’re gonna fall on the ground and it’s going to hurt real bad, but maybe that’s the moment that you can start to heal… It’s important in my book because, like, your mess can be your message in the end if you can allow it to. But you got to dig through the mess first. I think it’s really being honest with yourself and what your s**t is the only way that you’re going to heal and live life in a really impactful, meaningful way.”

N-Word Controversy

In May 2020 — during the week of the anniversary of her family members’ murder — Hannah came under fire for saying the N-word on Instagram Live. In the book, she admitted she was getting addicted to the attention she and Tyler were getting for their quarantine TikToks. After drinking all day, she went on Live and began singing the lyrics to the DaBaby song Rockstar. She claims she didn’t even realize what she had done until the next morning when she saw the backlash.

Brown was encouraged to hire a “fixer” to handle the scandal. Instead, she hired an ethnic studios professor to get a “crash course” on history for several weeks, and they would work “between three and eight hours a day.” While calling “herself a product of an education system and culture that doesn’t teach this history,” she added:

“The blowback from that one moment on Instagram cost me all of my endorsement deals (which was my only source of income) and so much more. It was beyond upsetting to be canceled by people who don’t know me. I cried my eyes out for days on end. But I was also humbled by the education that resulted from that moment, which may have never happened had I not gone through this very public lesson in accountability.”

Wow. A lot to unpack here! Thoughts, Perezcious readers? Do these revelations give you a new outlook on the Bachelorette alum?? Let us know in the comments (below).

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Brian Laundrie Cause Of Death Finally Revealed

Brian Laundrie Cause Of Death Finally Revealed
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Well, this has been a long time coming. Over a month after his remains were identified, Brian Laundrie‘s cause of death has finally been revealed.

The first to spill was the fugitive’s family lawyer, Steven Bertolino, who told the press on Tuesday that, as was widely suspected, the 23-year-old died by suicide.

Related: Brian Laundrie Search Cost Police HOW MUCH?!

According to Fox News, a forensic anthropologist informed Bertolino, who apparently took it upon himself to beat law enforcement by going to the media and breaking the news himself.

He used the moment to once again seek sympathy for his clients, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, telling local paper the Herald-Tribune:

“Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families.”

Closure? How so?? Brian’s death was anything but what Gabby Petito‘s family wanted. He was the sole person of interest in her murder. The poor girl was strangled to death, and this man was probably the only person in the entire world who could have answered questions about what happened.

But when he came home from the road trip without his fiancée, he chose to stay quiet — and so did his parents. And he got away without ever answering for his part in her death, whatever that was. So the fact he’s dead isn’t bringing them any closure at all.

The only other statement we can read into that is the inference — which we’re sure many people will make — that his suicide means he was guilty about having murdered Gabby. While that’s a reasonable assumption, it’s still an assumption. And the fact we’ll never know for sure is still devastating.

Related: A Timeline Of Gabby & Brian’s Doomed Trip And Homicide Case

Bertolino further revealed that he had been told Brian took his own life with a single gunshot wound to the head. The thing is, even with only partial skeletal remains, that seems like something which could have been very easily determined. (We’re still waiting to hear about the gun that must have been by the body…) So why the huge delay?? The only thing it accomplished is leading to a deluge of conspiracy theories, most of which would have been debunked by authorities being more transparent from the jump.

At least now that the news is out there, the FBI should be able to finally close its case — that is, the credit card fraud investigation, the only charge they were ever able to file as they never got to speak with him about the murder. We learned recently the FBI couldn’t close their case until they got a death certificate, which required a cause of death.

That may seem like it doesn’t matter, but according to reporter Brian Entin, the North Port Police Department has refused to release certain reports and videos the media has requested while the FBI investigation is still active. We may soon learn more about law enforcement’s handling — or mishandling — of the case.

[Image via Gabby Petito/Instagram.]

Ridley Scott Blames Millennials & ‘F**king Cellphones’ For The Last Duel Flopping At The Box Office!

Ridley Scott Blames Millennials & ‘F**king Cellphones’ For The Last Duel Flopping At The Box Office!
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Ridley Scott’s next film may very well be coming to a cellphone screen near you — because he has very specific thoughts about why his latest flick, The Last Duel, bombed at the box office!

Despite starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Adam Driver, and Jodie Comer, the Oscar-nominated director’s historical drama only raked in $28 million since its mid-October release — barely making a dent in its production budget of $100 million.

Now, the Alien filmmaker is addressing why he thinks The Last Duel wasn’t able to keep up with its competitors at the box office, and he’s really showing his age in the process!

The 83-year-old began by noting a lack of advertisement isn’t what kept viewers away, sharing:

Disney did a fantastic promotion job… the bosses loved the movie… I was concerned it was not for them.”

He isn’t kidding. We feel like we saw the ad for that movie so many times we know it by heart. The accusation is false!

So what was the problem then?

Related: Kirsten Dunst Drags Spider-Man Films For ‘Very Extreme’ Pay Gap!

According to Ridley, it was because those darn millennials just can’t look away from their cellphones! He mused:

“I think what it boils down to. What we’ve got today [are] the audiences who were brought up on these f**king cellphones. The millennian [sic] do not ever want to be taught anything unless you’re told it on a cellphone.”

Huh?

He continued:

“This is a broad stroke, but I think we’re dealing with it right now with Facebook. This is a misdirection that has happened where it’s given the wrong kind of confidence to this latest generation, I think.”

We should note: millennials (and Gen Z for that matter, who he probably means) have been showing up for other movies in theaters that aren’t playing on their cellphones. Black Widow, Shang-Chi, F9, A Quiet Place Part II, No Time To Die, and Free Guy all made well over $100M at the box office this year despite the pandemic, and millennials were undoubtedly a big slice of that pie.

Maybe in retrospect a movie about a rape accusation in 14th century France was never going to have the kind of broad, four-quadrant appeal that those other blockbusters had — cellphones or no?

Even though The Last Duel wasn’t the commercial success he hoped it would be, the acclaimed filmmaker still stands by his work. He said:

“We all thought it was a terrific script. And we made it. You can’t win all the time. I’ve never had one regret on any movie I’ve ever made. Nothing. I learned very early on to be your own critic. The only thing you should really have an opinion on is what you just did. Walk away. Make sure you’re happy. And don’t look back. That’s me.”

Don’t look back… except for releasing 17 different cuts of Blade Runner?

For what it’s worth, Scott’s next film, House of Gucci starring Lady GaGa, is expected to be a box office smash AND an awards favorite. You can’t win all the time, but you can sometimes. Maybe even “millennians” will be able to put away their cellphones for two hours and see it!

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Whitney Port Gets Raw In Podcast Recorded The Night Of Her Pregnancy Loss

Whitney Port Gets Raw In Podcast Recorded The Night Of Her Pregnancy Loss
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Whitney Port is continuing to take things one day at a time after her devastating pregnancy loss last week.

The Hills alum had previously revealed to fans that she was expecting once again at the beginning of this month — but warned that her doctor had cautioned her that it could be an “unhealthy” pregnancy. Sadly, that turned out to be the case as she and husband Tim Rosenman revealed the awful news of the miscarriage on social media.

Related: Whitney Recalls The First Time She Met Future ‘Hills’ Co-Star Lauren Conrad…

Now, 4-year-old Sonny Rosenman‘s momma is opening up about the aftermath of that pregnancy loss, and recounting both her grief and resiliency in a powerful new podcast discussion.

Tuesday’s brand new episode of her Dear Media podcast, With Whit, was recorded just after she found out. As she prefaced on her Instagram:

“After I miscarried last week, I decided to pick up my phone and record an audio diary of how I was feeling. This raw reflection is the latest episode of my podcast, #WITHWHIT. I found out Wednesday afternoon and recorded this that night. Needless to say my words are emotional. My heart is with every single woman who has gone through this pain. I hope by sharing my feelings and story, some of you will not feel alone.”

The reality TV alum began the recording by informing listeners that the doctor’s final determinations sadly came in just as expected:

“Today, we found out as a final conclusion that the pregnancy was and is not viable. There was no heartbeat. I went to the doctor today by myself, actually. I didn’t even think that there was a possibility of bad news. I don’t know why. I felt like I was feeling super hopeful from hearing that the baby had doubled in size last week and I just felt like it was only up from here. He looked at the ultrasound and looked at me and raised his eyebrows and just shook his head, and in that moment, I just knew, and it just felt like Groundhog’s Day, like, just the feeling of grief is all too familiar.”

So sad…

Port, who in the past has shown interest in having another child with her husband — a sibling for her son Sonny — also revealed that her doctor advised her to see a fertility specialist to help “make healthy embryos” in a bid to avoid future pregnancy loss.

Whitney has been open and honest throughout this whole process. / (c) Whitney Port/Instagram

Of course, as to be expected, the grieving momma isn’t quite ready yet to think that far into the future.

She explained:

“I’m not even really fully ready to have that discussion, even though I know that we want a second kid because the thought of not having a second kid makes me feel already too regretful and remorseful. But then the thought of having to go through this physical illness and nausea first trimester is daunting and scary and taxing. I mean, I literally have not been able to do anything.”

The emotional toll from going through this has obviously been really hard on Whitney and Tim, too.

Related: Whitney Weighs In On Spencer And Stephanie Pratt’s Intense Family Feud

The business owner and working momma explained that psychologically, things have been far from normal in the aftermath of her pregnancy loss:

“This morning, I woke up, even before I knew the news. I said to Timmy I was feeling really depressed just because I felt like I was letting everybody down, like, I wasn’t being a present mom. I wasn’t being a present wife. I wasn’t being a present employee and co-worker and partner and that I was just constantly disappointing people. Then I had to talk myself out of that and say like, ‘This is only a phase, right?’ Like everybody understands what I’m going through. Everybody understands that if I could be working hard and if I had the strength to work hard, that I would be, but it’s just — it’s really hard.”

And guilt has set in, too, as Whitney thinks about motherhood and some of the even more difficult situations other women go through:

“I feel like Timmy and I both really do want a second child and I don’t want to regret it. I feel like, you know, thinking about my life, looking at 20, 30 years from now, I would regret not trying to do this again in this kind of scientific way. It does feel like our family is not complete. It just feels right now like too big of a responsibility for one person. And then, of course, I feel guilty for even complaining because I have Sonny. And, like I said, there are so many people out there that haven’t even had the opportunity to have one and so, I keep on trying to look at glass half-full and be grateful that there is science out there that, if we do want to have a second child, hopefully we will be able to that way.”

None of this is easy, but Whitney is clearly strong and resilient. We are amazed by how she’s dealing with this terrible situation with such authenticity, and empathy, and grace all around.

And more than anything, we wish her and her family the best as they continue to heal emotionally after such a sad situation.

Sending all of our love!

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Sandra Bullock Explains Why She Never Dated Keanu Reeves

Sandra Bullock Explains Why She Never Dated Keanu Reeves
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Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock are the celebrity OTP that was never meant to be… but is there a good reason for that?! Seems like so!

Ever since the duo co-starred in the 1994 film Speed, rumors of an off-screen romance have run rampant among fans. Back on the films’ 25th anniversary, BOTH actors even confirmed they were crushing hard on the other! So, why didn’t one of them just ask the other out? Or did they and they just don’t want to admit it??

Esquire attempted to get to the bottom of this while interviewing The Matrix lead for their winter issue, which comes out on December 7. While chatting about his former co-star, the 57-year-old gushed about the “good chemistry” he and Sandra shared on-set. He even revealed he’s hopeful the two will get to work on another project in the future, sharing:

“I sure hope so. She’s such a wonderful artist and person. And, you know, I think we have good chemistry. And it would be really exciting and interesting to get the chance to perform with her again.”

That’s all onscreen though. Offscreen, they’re spoken for as Keanu was recently revealed to have been dating Alexandra Grant for “several years” and Sandra is coupled up with photographer Bryan Randall. But… WHY did they never hook up??

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The magazine reached out to the Blind Side star to get her take on the old romance rumors. When asked if the two had ever been more than professional partners, the Oscar winner insisted once again they were only ever friends, giving a firm “Nope.”

Why? Because if and when they broke up, it would have ruined the friendship and that wonderful Hollywood relationship. Wouldn’t it? Sandy isn’t so sure:

“But who knows? Keanu’s a guy who, I feel like, is friends with every woman he’s ever dated. I don’t think there’s anyone who has something horrible to say about him. So maybe we could have survived. I don’t know.”

But as it is she didn’t want to take the risk — and being prudent paid off:

“But we didn’t have to survive anything. We just get to grow up together on parallel roads and tip our hats and meet for a dinner and try to work together.”

Aw! As great a guy as the John Wick star is, she’s convinced she wouldn’t have been able to see it past her spite over, well, whatever caused them to break up.

“And the longer time goes on, the more in awe I am of the human being. Would I have been able to say that if he had dumped me and made me angry? Probably not.”

LOLz! Good point, but fans can still dream! And who knows, maybe these two will find themselves on screen together again. They both sound very into the idea! Lake House 2 anyone? Speed… what are they on, 4??

At the 78th Annual Academy Awards in 2006 / (c) Nikki Nelson/WENN

The fact Sandy B didn’t make a move is even more shocking when you hear this amazingly sweet story she has about him. Describing what makes him so special, she tells the mag:

“He’s a listener. And it drives. People. Crazy.”

Just a couple years after Speed, the two were hanging out — as pals — when she mentioned she’d never enjoyed truffles and champagne. And he listened. A few days later, he showed up at her apartment while she was hanging with her roommate. And of course he had truffles, champagne, and flowers for her. And they weren’t even dating! He was headed out to a date with some other girl that night!

But in the meantime he sat down with Sandy and her roomie, who were doing manicures, and had her paint his nails black — just like hers. Awwwwwwwww!

She told Esquire:

“That’s what I mean that it drives you crazy. When I first met him, I would spend as much time as I could filling a silence, just to feel comfortable. And the more I jibber-jabbered on, the quieter he would get. And I thought, I don’t understand what’s happening! He’s looking at me with eyes of confusion. He’s quiet. Did I say something to offend him? And then a day or two later, he would arrive with a note or a little package, saying, ‘I thought about what you said.’ And he would have his response. How many people do you know like that?”

Nobody. Keanu is definitely The One.

Related: Keanu REFUSED Director’s Orders To Verbally Harass Winona Ryder!

Speaking of which, he’s currently promoting The Matrix Resurrections, coming to theaters and HBO Max in December, in which he will reprise his most famous role of Neo. He told the outlet:

“Well, it changed my life, and it was such a wonderful, creative experience. And so to play Neo in the Matrix Trilogy and now in the fourth, it impacted my life personally and creatively.”

The fourth film in the franchise comes 18 years after The Matrix Revolutions, which was originally set to end the trilogy. The Canadian is also filming John Wick 4, another film he wasn’t sure would get made. Back in 2019, the star thought John Wick 3 might conclude the film series, so he and a bestie went to watch the movie at a theatre just in case. He recalled:

“I didn’t know if I was going to get the chance to do another one, and I just wanted to see if people liked it. It was cool when people started laughing during the knife fight in the opening. I went with a friend. I wanted to soak it in, to see it on the big screen—these movies are made for the big screen. We got popcorn—you gotta have popcorn. Some Peanut M&M’s. Sweet and savory. Coca-Cola.”

That is so adorable!

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Later on in the interview, Keanu also got unusually candid about another dear friend of his, the late actor River Phoenix, who overdosed in his early 20s outside of The Viper Room in 1993. Still struggling to refer to his friend “in the past,” Reeves shared:

“He’s a—It’s weird speaking about him in the past. I hate speaking about him in the past. So I almost always gotta keep it present.”

The young men starred in My Own Private Idaho in 1991. Keanu got choked up reflecting on their time together, adding:

“He was a really special person, so original, unique, smart, talented, fiercely creative. Thoughtful. Brave. And funny. And dark. And light. It was great to have known him. To — yeah. Inspirational. Miss him.”

Film sets have a way of forming intense relationships. Whether it’s a close friend or something more. Thoughts, Perezcious readers? Let us know in the comments (below).

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My Unorthodox Life’s Batsheva Haart Was ‘Nervous’ To Take Off Ring Following Divorce News

My Unorthodox Life‘s Batsheva Haart Was ‘Nervous’ To Take Off Ring Following Divorce News
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My Unorthodox Life star Batsheva Haart is now getting used to the single life.

Last week, the Netflix star announced her split from husband Ben Weinstein after nine years of marriage. The couple had gotten married when they had just graduated high school, so it’s safe to say ending the relationship and being single again will be a HUGE adjustment for both of them.

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In that vein, the 28-year-old shared some insight on the process to her Instagram followers. In a video posted on Monday, she admitted:

“I was really nervous to take off my wedding — engagement ring because I’ve been wearing it for nine years straight. And the thought of taking it off — like, I know that feeling when I get a spray tan, the rare time I take it off, I always feel naked. So, I decided to add a new ring to this hand and it’s really made a big difference because instead of feeling the emptiness on this finger, my, like, brain or my nerves are focusing on the new ring on this finger. I don’t know, just wanted to share. If anyone’s going through something similar, it’s really helpful for me.”

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On her IG Story, she added:

“Really nervous to return to social media today because I feel like if I’m too sad, people are going to be like, ‘This is annoying.’ If I’m too happy, people are going to be like, ‘Why isn’t she more sad?’ I’m just trying to figure everything out and find my happiness, so I’m just asking you guys to bear with me as I, you know, have my ups and my downs. And I really appreciate all the support that you guys have sent my way, so thank you.”

Related: Lala Kent’s Clever Cover-Up Idea For ‘Randall’ Tattoo Following Split

The influencer seems to be handling her divorce as well as possible, but she did post about leaning on Taylor Swift amid the heartbreak.

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In her previous statement on the split, the reality star claimed the duo “have so much love and respect for each other,” but had decided to “take some space” so that they could both “live the most joyous, fulfilling lives possible.” She wrote:

“There are no secrets nor salacious events to blame. We are just two best friends who met at a very young age and have grown over the past 9 years each in our own way. We so appreciate your continuous support as we embark upon this new chapter of our lives, separately.”

This duo is still SO young — they have plenty of time to figure out their new normal and build those “joyous, fulfilling lives.” Wishing them both the best of luck.

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Babysitter Drama! Big Fight! And Ghostbusters: Afterlife – Our Review! | Perez Hilton

Babysitter Drama! Big Fight! And Ghostbusters: Afterlife – Our Review! | Perez Hilton
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Perez is doing his best. Momma Perez is doing her best. Sometimes we feel things intensely. Sometimes we snap. Sometimes we say things we regret. THIS IS REAL life. Perez is a great dad. Momma Perez is a great mom. And the best grandma! Dealing with a lot, we are. But… we manage to make some time to take the kids to see Ghostbusters: Afterlife AND also do something nice for grandma! Watch this life update and fun outing!

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Julianne Hough Has A New Guy & They Are Already Looking Steamier Than Her & Brooks Laich!

Julianne Hough Has A New Guy & They Are Already Looking Steamier Than Her & Brooks Laich!
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Brooks WHO?!

Julianne Hough is doing her thing with a new man in her life, roughly a year after she finalized her divorce from former NHL hockey pro Brooks Laich! The Dancing with the Stars star was spotted on Friday in El Lay sharing a big hug and a loooooooong kiss with model Charlie Wilson. And judging by the pics, it looks as though the 33-year-old dancer has totally forgotten about her ex! As she should!

Related: Julianne Responds To Backlash Following Resurfaced Old Blackface Controversy

In the new snapshots, the blonde bombshell can be seen keeping things uber-casual in a brown teddy jacket with loose gray sweats and a cropped top. Charlie, who is represented by Ursula Wiedmann Models, kept things just as low-key himself, rocking red sweats and a green t-shirt.

Upon meeting up on the sidewalk outside the lunch spot, the duo gave each other a big hug, before the 6’3″ tattooed hunk went in to lock lips! Awww!

You can see the PDA-heavy pics of the rendezvous HERE!

Honestly, it’s great to see Julianne happy and interested in a new man. Things ended badly with Laich, so to see her having moved on like this is refreshing! And fun! And Charlie ain’t so bad to look at, either. LOLz!

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Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello’s Relationship Changed For This Reason…

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello’s Relationship Changed For This Reason…
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It’s an age old story, especially for celeb couples.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello have known each other for years, but their romantic relationship was just over two years long — and most of that was in a pandemic. It was an unusual (and often devastating) situation for all of us, but the silver lining was that the young couple got to quarantine together.

Related: Camila Gets A Neck Tattoo — And It’s All To Honor ‘Mother Nature’!

An insider told People:

“They had this intense relationship last year and spent months together during the lockdown in Miami. They both seemed very happy and looked like they enjoyed having a break from working.”

The Don’t Go Yet singer herself attested to this in a recent interview with Apple Fitness+’s Time To Walk podcast. She noted that she had been working non-stop since she was 15, and the stress had made her “cripplingly anxious.” That anxiety interfered not only with her professional life, but with her relationship with Shawn as well. She shared:

“It was pretty life-changing for me just having the first moment, I feel like, since I was 15, to cry, to feel the negative emotions without feeling like I had to bury them and perform in five minutes, to be in the same place for more than two weeks because I hadn’t been home for such a long time. It gave me the gift of finding new hobbies and other things that soothe me.”

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end — and bad things do, too. On one hand, the vaccine helped to curb (some of) the pandemic restrictions. On the other, it meant the lovebirds were no longer in isolation. The People source reflected:

“Things are different now, though. It’s more back to normal life. They have careers that are taking them in different directions. They went from spending every day together to now not really spending any time together.”

Makes sense — with Shawn gearing up for a world tour and his ex preparing her own album release, their last months together probably looked a lot different than those quarantine days. (We just hope that the former Fifth Harmony member’s anxiety isn’t kicking back in.)

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This all tracks with what we’ve previously heard about the pop stars’ split — that the spark between them simply “fizzled” out. According to an E! insider, the Canadian-born musician was the one to initiate the breakup, but Camila soon came to “agree” that it was for the best. The source stated at the time:

“[Shawn and Camila] are still in communication and want to be friends. It was not a bad breakup at all. … The relationship was getting stale and complacent and they decided they are better off being friends.”

Seems like everyone is in agreement that this is a low-drama breakup. And both of them are already getting back on their feet with Instagram thirst traps, so they must be really ready to move on! Best of luck to them both!

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Chinese Tennis Star Peng Shuai Speaks Via Video & Claims She’s Safe Amid Kidnapping Concerns, But…

Chinese Tennis Star Peng Shuai Speaks Via Video & Claims She’s Safe Amid Kidnapping Concerns, But…
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It appears as though Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, who has been at the center of an international controversy after high-profile leaders in the sport raised concerns about her well-being, may be safe and sound.

As we’ve been reporting, the three-time Olympian, who has been one of the best tennis players in the world during her long career, was the subject of global worry about her well-being over the last several weeks. All this came about after she publicly accused former Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of raping her at his home, according to a since-deleted social media post she published back on November 2.

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On Sunday, the controversy appeared to die down some after the tennis pro held a video call with International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach. According to CNN, the two were also accompanied on the 30-minute-long video call by Chinese sports official Li Lingwei, and the Chair of the Athletes’ Commission, Emma Terho. The call is significant, as it’s the first known direct contact Peng has had with officials outside of China since making the allegations nearly three weeks ago.

The IOC did not make the video call public to the American media, but they did release a statement with what they claim were some of the contents of the call itself.

Judging by the Olympic org’s public words on the matter, it sounds like they believe Peng to be safe and secure in China:

“[Peng] is safe and well, living at her home in Beijing, but would like to have her privacy respected at this time. That is why she prefers to spend her time with friends and family right now. In the 30-minute conversation, she was very clear in confirming that she is safe and well. She also mentioned that she will be taking part in some activities with friends and family, and will continue to be involved in tennis. … We also made it clear that she could get in touch whenever she deems it appropriate, and we will also continue to remain in contact with the Chinese Olympic Committee.”

Terho doubled down on the IOC’s assertion that Peng appears to be OK, adding her observations of the conversation:

“I was relieved to see that Peng Shuai was doing fine, which was our main concern. She appeared to be relaxed. I offered her our support and to stay in touch at any time of her convenience, which she obviously appreciated.”

Furthermore, Peng apparently accepted an invitation to have dinner with Bach and Terho — with Li scheduled to be in attendance, too — in January, ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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Not all officials are as convinced as Bach and the IOC about Peng’s alleged safety, though.

Steve Simon, the head of the Women’s Tennis Association who already spoke out once over the weekend on Peng’s well-being, issued a skeptical statement in response to the new video call:

“It was good to see Peng Shuai in recent videos, but they don’t alleviate or address the WTA’s concern about her well-being and ability to communicate without censorship or coercion. This video does not change our call for a full, fair and transparent investigation, without censorship, into her allegation of sexual assault, which is the issue that gave rise to our initial concern.”

Of course, Simon makes a valid point there.

After all, Li is a Chinese government official and former director of the General Administration of Sport of China, so her presence on the call and at the future dinner clearly serves government interests… Yeah.

Here’s more on the new conference call from WION News, including a screenshot of what appears to be an image of Bach and Peng connecting via video:

Tennis superstars including Serena Williams and Roger Federer have spoken out in support of Peng recently, so it’s clear her situation has touched a nerve within that community and out in the broader world.

Let’s just hope Peng truly is safe and secure, and remains so even after the global reaction to her initial allegations dies down.

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