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Rihanna says she has forgiven ex-lover Chris Brown for beating the crap out of her in 2009. Rihanna insists she has gotten over the hurt and betrayal and she considers the hip-hop musician to be the love of her life.

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Brown, 31, was arrested in 2009 for beating Rihanna in his car as they left Clive Davis' Grammy party. This photo was taken at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, hours before the near-fatal beating.

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Brown pled guilty to felony assault and had a restraining order placed on him, preventing him from seeing Rihanna.

The order was later lifted and the pair developed a "very, very close" non-abusive friendship.

Speaking about the relationship during a no-holds-barred interview on Oprah Winfrey's SuperSoul Conversations podcast, Rihanna explains: "We've been working on our friendship again. Now we're very very close friends. We've built up a trust again, and that's - we love each other and we probably always will. And that's not something we're ever going to change. That's not something you can shut off, if you've ever been in love."

She added: "I think he was the love of my life. He was the first love. And I see that he loved me the same way... it's not even about us being together. I truly love him. So the main thing for me is that he's at peace. I'm not at peace if he's a little unhappy, or he's still lonely."

When Oprah asked if Rihanna and Chris have rekindled their romance, she replied: "He's in a relationship of his own. I'm single but we have maintained a very close friendship ever since the restraining order has been dropped. We've just worked on it, little by little, and it has not been easy. It's not easy."

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Rihanna has had difficulty maintaining a stable, healthy relationship with men including Travis Scott, Drake, A$AP Rocky, Hassan Jameel, and others.

Rihanna said mending her relationship with her father, who was abusive to her mother, allowed her to forgive Chris.

"It took me a long time, I was angry for a long time," she admits. "I felt like this is not my fault, this is not me doing this, and still I have to worry - I was resentful, I had a grudge, I was angry, I was dark. It was coming out in my music, in my clothes, in my attitude and I didn't like that feeling, it was heavy."

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She continued: "I repaired my relationship with my dad. I was so angry with him, and I was just angry about a lot of things from my childhood and I couldn't separate him as a husband from him as a father. I felt like if he was a bad husband then he was a bad father. I witnessed a lot as a child. Yes he was (violent)... I remember just thinking one day, why can't I get to a place where I can let somebody in? Why can't I love? I wanted to know why. I would think, 'What is my idea of what is supposed to happen?' I wasn't having a relationship with my father anymore so I wasn't able to connect with a man past a certain point.

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"The minute I was able to realize that my father was probably one of the best fathers in the world. He taught me everything. And as awful as he was to my mom at times, it didn't compare to how great he was as a father. And I had to come to terms with that. And I was able to close that gap with him. And all kinds of emotions started happening after that. All kind of things started making sense."

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She concludes: "I thought I hated Chris and I realized it was love was tarnished. It looked like hate because it was ugly, angry, it was inflamed, it was tainted. And I realized that what it was is I had to forgive him because I cared about him still. And the minute I let go of that, I started living again."

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Oprah Winfrey's O magazine will cease monthly printing after 20 years. The news comes amid reports that Hearst Magazines' president quit amid sexual abuse allegations.

According to Business of Fashion, the staff of Oprah's magazine were informed of the decision on Friday, July 24.

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The magazine was a joint venture between Oprah, 66, Harpo, Inc. and Hearst Magazines, and is known for its Oprah-centered content, the book of the month club and the annual Oprah's Favorite Things gift guide.

The magazine's readership -- mostly white women -- speculate that the magazine folded due to allegations of sexual misconduct against Troy Young, who resigned as president of Hearst magazines.

The announcement of Young's resignation came a day after the New York Times reported the 52-year-old's "bullying or harassing" behavior which include making indecent remarks to female employees.

In one case, he reportedly sent unsolicited p0rnography to an editor. Young, who was named editor in 2018, sent a note to staffers saying he was "sorry" for the comments he made and he never realized how offensive they were.

"I am sorry and I'm committed to the work I need to do here," he said in his note, which was published by the New York Times.

Hearst president and CEO Steven R. Swartz said the magazine isn't going away completely. It will become "digital-centric" with more emphasis on the O magazine website run by a smaller staff.

"This is a natural next step for the brand, which has grown to an online audience of 8 million, extending its voice and vision with video and social content," a spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. "We will continue to invest in this platform as the brand grows and evolves into one that is more digitally centric."

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Chrissy Teigen locked her Twitter.com account after an anonymous activist group retweeted her old posts that seem to suggest she may have a predilection for young children.

Earlier this week, the former model blocked 1 million of her 14 million Twitter followers and deleted over 60,000 posts after some of her suspect tweets went viral.

Chrissy, 34 vigorously denied allegations that she is a pedophile or that her name is on convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's "Lolita Express" flight logs.

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Chrissy's husband, John Legend, was also listed on one of the flight logs which were part of the federal case against Epstein before he took his own life in a Manhattan jail cell last year.

"I have never even met the man. Or been to the island. Or on the plane," Chrissy tweeted on July 10.

"I have block chained over one million people, ONE MILLION people today and I am still flooded with sick psychopaths. So please, spare me the 'just ignore them, they're just trolls,'" Teigen, 34, tweeted Tuesday.

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"I actually deleted 60,000 tweets because I cannot f**king STAND you idiots anymore and I'm worried for my family. Finding me talking about (TV series) toddlers and tiaras in 2013 and thinking you're some sort of f**king operative."

She added: "everyone thinking I'm guilty because I'm defensive. You understand you are calling me a pedophile, correct?”

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Chrissy's old tweets were screencapped and shared on social media for all to see. In one tweet, she noted how "sexy young girls are doing the splits" and that she should "put myself in jail".

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In another tweet, she discussed how "sexy" toddlers' tummies are. "Are they meant to be this sexy?" she wrote, referring to toddlers.

When a little boy was a contestant in a beauty pageant she was watching, Chrissy tweeted, "Yummy ... eye candy at last."

After her old tweets went viral, Chrissy went on a furious blocking spree and she sought help from a friend to bulk delete all of her problematic tweets.

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She portrayed herself as the victim, complaining to Twitter support to "do something" about the anonymous group QAnon, whose members unearthed her old tweets.

"If Twitter doesn't do something about this *actually scary* harassment, I am gonna have to go," she wrote.

Other celebrities and high-profile public figures are also scrubbing their Twitter timelines and DMs.

There is a rumor that Twitter locked down "blue checks" or verified accounts to prevent them from deleting direct messages that may contain damning evidence.

The list below shows the names of the celebrities and politicians who allegedly hitched a ride on the Lolita Express.

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The stars include power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z, TV mogul Oprah, mega producer Pharrell Williams, former President Barack Obama, and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

Actor Will Smith's name also showed up on one of the flight names. Interestingly, his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith's name was not on the list.

It should be noted that the Lolita Express is not a charter service that celebrities could rent. The plane made return trips to Epstein's private island where children allegedly awaited his guests.
 

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Oprah Winfrey is concerned that the CDC is not being totally honest about the number of Black people killed by the coronavirus.

Winfrey said the coronavirus outbreak continued to have a devastating impact on Black communities and she's concerned that people aren't getting the message about the risk of asymptomatic carriers.

"It's all these people [asymptomatic carriers], who perhaps could be carriers, Winfrey said.

In an interview with CBS This Morning on Tuesday, Winfrey said it was important for Black people to understand that preexisting conditions including diabetes and asthma put them at greater risk if they contract the virus.

Earlier this month, Winfrey announced she is donating $10 million to Black people in chocolate cities across the country.

"It's not only ravaging our community, but people who have preexisting conditions, which I think people didn't hear that," she said.

Winfrey, previously revealed she was diagnosed with pneumonia in September. She worries that her lungs aren't strong enough to survive contracting the virus.

"So the moment I heard preexisting conditions, I'm like, 'lock the door, nobody coming in here,'" she said.

Many Black adult Americans have higher rates of diabetes, obesity and asthma, which makes them more vulnerable then their African brothers and sisters.

Some Black Americans also don't go in for annual physicals or seek out medical treatment until they are sick.

COVID-19 causes mild symptoms or no symptoms in most healthy adults. The virus causes acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and potentially fatal pneumonia among the elderly, particularly those with chronic illnesses such as respiratory and heart problems, obesity, and smokers.

The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:

1. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands
2. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow
5. Stay home if you are sick
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
6. When in doubt consult with a healthcare professional

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Oprah Winfrey isn't taking any chances amid the coronavirus outbreak that infected over 46,000 people in the United States.

Oprah, 66, said Stedman Graham, 69, was "late to the party" so he is living in the couple's guest house to help prevent either of them contracting coronavirus.

"Stedman is at the guest house," she told viewers during an Instagram livestream. "You all know I had pneumonia late last year and you can still hear the raspiness in my throat sometimes. And I just got off antibiotics last week and so Stedman was late to the party. Stedman didn’t arrive from Chicago until Thursday and he was speaking in St. Louis on Saturday and he's been on planes."

Oprah insisted the decision to distance himself was his idea.

"(He) was like, 'What's the procedure for coming home?' And I was like, 'You ain't coming in here and sleeping in my bed. It doesn’t work that way... Social distancing doesn't mean you can go sleep in a bed with someone after you got off American Airlines.' We can not play those games."

According to the billionaire TV mogul: "I leave food on the doorstep... He's happy to have me safe. We just take him dinner and we take him breakfast."

The couple is following advice from the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) officials, who are advising people to practice social distancing and stay at home in a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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Actor Idris Elba's wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba, deliberately ignored the advice of experts after he tested positive. Sabrina, who tested positive days later, said she refused to maintain distance because she wanted to be with her husband.

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Rumors spread like wildfire last night that American media magnate Oprah Winfrey was arrested for her role in a sex trafficking ring that operated out of a South Florida mansion.

Late Tuesday night, Oprah's name began trending on Twitter.com. A conspiracy theory that sprouted on Facebook last week claimed federal agents raided Oprah's South Florida home, and that she had been arrested for sex trafficking.

The conspiracy theorists, devotees of QAnon, say an anonymous government official named 'Q' secretly unsealed documents and is sharing messages and symbols that serve as evidence of a hidden plot to overthrow President Trump, according to The Washington Post.

The QAnon devotees - all overzealous Trump supporters - believe that many elite politicians, millionaires, a few billionaires, and celebrities belong to an international cabal of pedophiles and will soon be arrested.

The rumormongers swear that Oprah had been named as one of the bigwigs in documents that were unsealed in the Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein sex abuse cases.

But Oprah, 66, denied everything after the rumors began trending last night.

"Just got a phone call that my name is trending. And being trolled for some awful FAKE thing. It's NOT TRUE. Haven't been raided, or arrested. Just sanitizing and self distancing with the rest of the world. Stay safe everybody. [prayer emoji]
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) March 18, 2020."

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In a viral Facebook post, the author claimed the coronavirus "is the biggest covert U.S. intelligence operation that the world has ever seen."

The author predicted that the disease would provide cover for the arrests of prominent individuals including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Oprah Winfrey, and actor Tom Hanks, who was recently released from a hospital along with his wife, Rita Wilson, after they both tested positive for the virus in Australia.

The QAnon conspiracy theories gained momentum after U.S. President Donald Trump retweeted user photos of yellow police tape surrounding Oprah's Mediterranean villa in Boca Raton, Florida on Sunday.

The images claimed feds were "excavating the property and digging up tunnels" that were supposedly used as an underground railroad for sex traffickers to ferry children to the mansions of millionaires in the wealthy enclave of Boca.

Oprah owns many fabulous properties around the world, but none of them are in Florida, according to The Post.

Director Ava DuVernay rushed to Oprah's defense on Twitter.

"Trolls + bots began this disgusting rumor. Mean-spirited minds kept it going. #Oprah has worked for decades on behalf of others. Given hundreds of millions to individuals + causes in need. Shared her own abuse as a child to help folks heal. Shame on all who participated in this."

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Viola Davis confesses she wanted to look more like Oprah Winfrey as a younger woman at the beginning of her acting career.

The Oscar-winning 'Fences' star says she loved the media mogul's confidence and beauty at the 1986 Academy Awards, and she dreamed of looking just like her.

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"I wanted to look like Oprah, especially when she went to the Oscars for The Color Purple," Davis tells People magazine. "I thought she was the most beautiful [woman].

But the 54-year-old reveals she never told that to Oprah's face, now that they've become good friends.

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"I never told her that," she adds. "Literally, Oprah went to one of my weddings and I never had the guts to say, 'Oprah, I was always trying to look like you!'"

Viola admits she has more confidence in herself now and she's happy with the beautiful African woman she sees in the mirror.

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"Now, I don't want to look like anyone other than me," she adds. "I love embracing my nose and my lips. It's like all of a sudden, I was like, 'Viola, that's what your lips always looked like? Why'd you have a problem with that?' I love wearing red lipstick, which took me a long time, because I think my lips are fabulous."

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Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent mocked Oprah Winfrey after the 66-year-old media mogul took a nasty tumble onstage over the weekend.

The media maven was discussing the importance of balance in life at Saturday's Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus tour when she stumbled and fell.

An aide rushed to help Oprah to her feet as she laughed off the ironic incident and blamed the misstep on her low heeled shoes

While the fall didn't injure the television guru, the response to her fall was shocking to many decent people.

Once again, misogynistic rappers led the way with inappropriate comments about a senior citizen who fell and nearly fractured her hips.

Rappers Snoop Dogg, 48, and 50 Cent, 44, poked fun at Oprah, with the "Gin & Juice" rapper tweeting: "Michael (Jackson) and Kobe (Bryant) blew a gust of wind. Balance."

Fiddy jokingly suggested Michael Jackson’s ghost tripped Oprah and made her fall.

Snoop followed that with: "God don't like ugly."

The comments come after both rappers feuded with Oprah over her decision to go "after black men" accused of sex crimes.

"I don't understand why Oprah is going after black men. No Harvey Weinstein, No Epstein, just Micheal jackson and Russell Simmons this s–t is sad," the rapper, real name Curtis James Jackson III, wrote at the time.

Oprah has since canceled the Jackson project. She also withdrew from a documentary about mogul Russel Simmons, 62, who was accused of sexually assaulting nearly a dozen women.
 

 

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Black Twitter is dragging Ava DuVernay by her dreadlocks for an old post she wrote defending serial rapist Harvey Weinstein.

DuVernay and her sisters in Christ - Oprah and Gayle King - are successful Black women who have come under attack for vigorously defending Weinstein in the past.

Now they won't answer his phone calls from his hospital room at Bellevue after the disgraced Hollywood mogul was convicted of sex assault charges on Monday.

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Minutes after Weinstein's split verdicts on Monday, Oprah turned off her Instagram comments. And DuVernay went on a blocking spree when Black Twitter retweeted an old post in which she proudly defended the now convicted rapist.

In her post dated June 1, 2012, DuVernay acknowledged she'd "heard all the Harvey stories over the years, but still a fan."

Winfrey and King, who also heard all the stories about Weinstein's sordid history, have yet to comment on their former friend's conviction.
 

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Instagram trolls forced Oprah Winfrey to turn off her comments after the conviction of her good friend Harvey Weinstein.

Oprah, 66, turned off her comments after a Manhattan jury found Weinstein guilty of 2 out of 5 sex assault charges on Monday.

Weinstein, 67, suffered chest pains after the verdicts were announced. He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he is in stable condition and confined to a wheelchair.

Oprah's IG followers were unable to leave comments under her posts after the verdict. But she turned her comments back on by Tuesday morning.

Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton did respond to a reporter's questions about her good friend, Weinstein.

Clinton, who is in Berlin promoting her new Hulu documentary, said the verdict "speaks for itself."

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The former first lady was a bit defensive when asked about Weinstein's donations to both of her failed presidential campaigns.

"He contributed to Barack Obama's campaign and John Kerry's campaign and Al Gore's campaign and everybody's campaign," she said.

She denied knowing about Weinstein's predatory behavior with Hollywood starlets desperate for roles in his films.

"How could we have known? He raised money for me, the Obamas, for Democrats in general."

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President Trump called Weinstein's conviction "a great victory for women." He claimed he was never a fan of the disgraced movie mogul.

But he noted that Weinstein and former first lady Michelle Obama were great friends.

"The people who liked him were Democrats," said Trump. "Michelle Obama loved him, loved him. Hillary Clinton loved him," the president said during a press conference in New Delhi.