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Entertainment News: Ariana Grande

A tragic and senseless act shook the entertainment world to its core on May 22. As fans exited Ariana Grande’s concert inside the 21,000-seat Manchester Arena that evening, a suicide bomber blew himself up in the venue’s rotunda, killing 22 — including an 8-year-old girl — and injuring more than 60 others. British authorities quickly ruled it a terrorist attack. It was reported that Ariana’s mother helped rush several fans backstage after hearing the bomb go off. Several hours later, Ariana flew home to Florida and tweeted: “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.” On June 4, Ariana returned to Manchester for a charity concert, which also included music heavyweights Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams and the Black Eyed Peas. About $13 million was raised, with proceeds earmarked for victims and their families. “I love you guys so much, and I think the kind of love and unity you’re displaying is the medicine the world needs right now,” Ariana told the crowd of 50,000.

Entertainment News George and Amal Clooney

George and Amal Clooney became parents to twins on June 6. The couple announced the birth of their son and daughter in a statement that, as usual, employed a little humor at the actor’s expense. “This morning Amal and George welcomed Ella and Alexander Clooney into their lives. Ella, Alexander and Amal are all healthy, happy and doing fine. George is sedated and should recover in a few days,” the statement read. The twins, who both have dark hair, were born in London, where they will also reportedly be raised.

Entertainment News Chris Cornell

On May 18, the music world suffered a devastating loss when Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was found dead in a Detroit hotel room at the age of 52. A medical examiner’s report said he committed suicide by hanging. His wife, Vicky Cornell, speculated that his death could actually have been the result of Chris taking too much Ativan, a mood-stabilizing medication. “I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life,” she said in a statement on May 19. Just hours before his death, Chris had finished a concert at the MGM Grand Detroit. Vicki said he seemed off when she spoke to him following that final show. Toxicology tests showed Chris, a recovering addict, had several prescription drugs in his system at the time of his death including Naloxone (Narcan), Butalbital (a sedative), Lorazepam (Ativan), Pseudoephedrine (a decongestant) and barbiturates. The coroner, however, stated that “drugs did not contribute to the cause of death.”

Entertainment News Pippa Middleton

Just call it the royal-adjacent wedding! On May 20, Duchess Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton, married financier James Matthews in England. Kate’s sister said “I do” in a custom Giles Deacon gown. As expected, attendees included Prince William, Kate and their kids, pageboy Prince George and bridesmaid Princess Charlotte, as well as Prince Harry. His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, later joined him at the reception at the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, England. Pippa and James celebrated their honeymoon in French Polynesia and Australia.

Entertainment News Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner found herself at the center of a controversy because of a Pepsi commercial/short film she starred in in April. In the video, she successfully achieves unity between police and protesters by offering a cop a can of Pepsi. Many felt the ad was completely tone deaf. The ad hit very close to home for some as protesters and police have been clashing in real life over the last several years, often with violent outcomes. Critics thought the ad was an example of exploitation for profit and took to Twitter to skewer Pepsi and Kendall. The soda brand ultimately took down the ad and apologized to Kendall.  More 2017  Top News Stories

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