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George Clooney’s Surprising Evolution: Jock To Hollywood Star

George Clooney is renowned as one of Hollywood’s greatest actors. The star has been in dozens of hit films during his epic 25-year career. Once known as Hollywood’s number one bachelor, the star has won two Oscars and a whopping five Golden Globes. Clooney wasn’t always the sexy, big screen star we know today. It took a lot of hard work to get there. Here’s George Clooney’s epic evolution– from high school jock to Hollywood icon.

Humble Lexington Beginnings

George Clooney had humble beginnings in Lexington, Kentucky, but showbiz was in his blood. Born on May 6, 1961, he was the son of Nina Bruce, a former pageant queen, and Nick Clooney, a TV journalist and host.

Humble Lexington Beginnings

Serious Illness and High School Sports

Despite being raised in Kentucky, Clooney’s family moved to Ohio where he spent the majority of his elementary school career at Western Row Elementary, a public school in Mason. When Clooney was in seventh grade, his family moved back to Kentucky, and Clooney developed Bell’s palsy. He had a partially paralyzed face for nearly a year.

Serious Illness and High School Sports

Clooney later attended Augusta High School, where he got mostly A’s and B’s. He was a great basketball and baseball player (you can even see some of his high school sports photos in Up in the Air).

The Failure That Sent Him Into Acting

Clooney was a jock in high school who hoped to play professional baseball. Fortunately, for those of us who enjoy his movies, he never made it to the big leagues. Clooney tried out for the Cincinnati Reds in 1977. Despite his success in high school baseball, he didn’t even make it past the first round of cuts and was never offered a contract.

The Failure That Sent Him Into Acting

It’s arguable that Clooney would’ve never gone into acting if had gotten picked for the team. A year later, Clooney ended up scoring his first film role as an extra in the TV mini-series Centennial.

From High School Honor Student to College Dropout

Clooney had done well in high school, so college seemed like the next reasonable step. From 1979 to 1981, Clooney attended Northern Kentucky University. He majored in broadcast journalism (perhaps a nod to his TV journalist dad) but never ended up graduating. Clooney also attended the University of Cincinnati but didn’t graduate from their either.

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To support himself without having a degree, Clooney had various odd jobs. He sold women’s shoes, was a door-to-door insurance salesman, stocked shelves, worked in construction and –perhaps the weirdest – cut tobacco.

Landing His First Major Role in a Short-lived Series

Clooney hustled for years after dropping out of college to score his first major role. In 1984, Clooney landed what he thought would be a breakthrough role.

Landing His First Major Role in a Short-lived Series

Clooney starred in little-known TV sitcom called E/R (not ER, which landed him some Emmy nominations). He played Mark “Ace” Kolman, an ER technician, and appeared in the first 14 episodes of the series. Unfortunately, the show was never a hit. It was canceled after the second season because of low ratings, though he had long left the show.

Clooney’s Struggle to Find a Reoccurring Role

It’s pretty hard to imagine Clooney as anything other than a highly-coveted actor, but after his stint on E/R, he struggled to find work. This led Clooney to do a number of cameos and one-off roles for various TV shows.

Clooney’s Struggle to Find a Reoccurring Role

In early 1985, he struggled to find a single acting role. He was in one episode of Crazy like a Fox. (IMDB doesn’t even list the role he played.) He found success later in the year when he was cast as George Burnett in 17 episodes of The Facts of Life. In 1986, he picked up more one-off jobs in TV shows like Hotel and Throb and the TV-movie Combat High.

Dismal Opportunities After The Facts of Life

Playing George Burnett in The Facts of Life was huge for Clooney. The actor was pretty unknown, so having such a lengthy reoccurring role in a popular sitcom was a huge achievement. Unfortunately, when his contract ended in 1987, he had difficulty finding more work.

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George Clooney continued appearing in single episodes of various TV shows and low-budget movies. During that year, he had roles in Murder, She Wrote and Golden Girls. He also was cast in the kitschy ’80s slasher flick Return to Horror High and Bennet Brothers, another TV-movie.

Rosanne and Falling in Love

The late ’80s and early ’90s were George Clooney’s time. After struggling to find work, the young actor managed to score some pretty awesome TV roles, most notably a reoccurring role on Roseanne. His work on Rosanne led to larger roles in Bodies of Evidence (1992-1993) and Sisters (1993-1994).

Rosanne and Falling in Love

During this time, Clooney (who would later be labeled as one of Hollywood’s ultimate bachelors) fell in love. He married actress Talia Balsam in 1989, the same year he ended his relationship with Kelly Preston (we’re not judging, are we?). They divorced in 1993.

Landing His Breakthrough Role

In 1994, Clooney landed what would be his breakthrough role. The actor rose to fame as Dr. Doug Ross in NBC’s medical drama ER. He was on the series for five years and returned for a cameo appearance in the sixth season and a guest spot in the show’s final season.

Landing His Breakthrough Role

Clooney’s work on ER finally garnered mainstream recognition. The actor received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in both 1995 and 1996. He also received three Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama in 1995, 1996 and 1997. Unfortunately, he lost to his co-star Anthony Edwards.

From TV Star to the Silver Screen

Clooney’s success in the NBC drama ER allowed him to break through to something other than a couple of TV movies. The actor became a straight-up movie star. In 1996, he was cast in Robert Rodriquez’s From Dusk Till Dawn. The role landed him an MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance and a Saturn Award for Best Actor.

From TV Star to the Silver Screen

Clooney also starred in another movie that year called One Fine Day with co-star Michelle Pfieffer. In 1997, he starred in the action-political thriller The Peacemaker alongside Nicole Kidman. It was official – George Clooney was a Hollywood sensation.

Box Office Failure With Batman & Robin

After starring in The Peacemaker, Clooney singed on to play Batman in 1997’s star-studded Batman and Robin. The film was poised to be a hit with major actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Uma Thurman and Alicia Silverstone all scoring major roles.

Box Office Failure With Batman & Robin

Though Warner Bros. fast-tracked the film’s development, (which lead Val Kilmer to ditch the role and hand over the cape to Clooney) the film was considered a box-office failure. Batman & Robin was the lowest-grossing film in the series and was critically acclaimed as one of the “worst films of all time.”

South Park and a Jennifer Lopez Crime Comedy

In 1998, George Clooney co-starred alongside Jennifer Lopez in the crime comedy Out of Sight. This was the first of his many collaborations with director Steven Soderbergh, who’d later cast him in the Ocean’s trilogy and Traffic. His role in Out of Sight landed him an MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Kiss (with Lopez, as well).

South Park and a Jennifer Lopez Crime Comedy

In 1999, Clooney took his first foray into voice-acting and landed the role of Dr. Gouache in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. The actor also starred in Three Kings and split up from his reality star girlfriend Céline Balitran, who he dated from 1996 to 1999.

Clooney, Where Are Thou?

In 2000, Clooney starred in the critically acclaimed O Brother, Where Art Thou? The film garnered him major recognition including nominations for Best Actor from both The Golden Globes (which he won) and Empire Awards. O Brother, Where Art Thou was a major success and grossed $71.9 million in the box office.

Clooney, Where Are Thou?

During this time, Clooney also starred in the successful Disaster movie, The Perfect Storm, and began dating British model Lisa Snowdon. They would date on and off for five years with Clooney briefly dating both Renée Zellweger and Krista Allen in the time between.

Ocean’s Eleven

In 2001, Clooney starred in one of his most successful film projects to date. He teamed up again with Stephen Soderbergh (who he had originally worked with on Out of Sight) to make Ocean’s Eleven.

Ocean’s Eleven

Ocean’s Eleven was a remake of the 1960’s Rat Pack movie of the same name. Clooney starred as Danny Ocean, who was originally portrayed by Frank Sinatra. The film earned more than $450 million worldwide and inspire the two sequels Ocean’s Twelve (2004) and Ocean’s Thirteen (2007). The series garnered him both a Teen Choice award for Choice Movie Chemistry and a People’s Choice Award for Favorite On Screen Match-Up, with Brad Pitt).

Clooney’s Directorial Debut

In 2001, Clooney started a film production company with Stephen Soderbergh called Section Eight. They appointed Grant Heslov as the head of TV. The actor was looking to break into directing. In 2002, he got his first chance to direct, in the film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. The film didn’t do well in theaters but it launched his directing career.

Clooney’s Directorial Debut

In 2005, Clooney tried his hand at directing again and directed, produced and starred in the film Good Night, and Good Luck. The flick scored him an Oscar nomination for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, though he didn’t win.

George Clooney’s First Academy Award Win

The same year Clooney lost his nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, he won for something else. Clooney had a supporting role in the 2005 film Syriana. The film was loosely based on CIA agent Robert Baer’s memoir of his service in the Middle East. Clooney also suffered an accident on set which caused a brain injury. It sounds scary, but possibly worth it. His performance brought him an Oscar – his only Academy Award to date.

George Clooney’s First Academy Award Win

Following his win, he starred in Soderbergh’s The Good German and formed Smokehouse Pictures with Section Eight’s Grant Heslov. In 2006, he received the American Cinematheque Award, for his “significant contribution to the art of motion pictures.”

Michael Clayton’s Almost Win And More Reality-TV Girlfriends

In 2007, Clooney landed a role in the critically acclaimed Michael Clayton. The film grossed nearly $93 million in the box office and scored the actor numerous award nominations. Most notably, Clooney was nominated for Best Actor by both the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes. He ended up losing both awards but later went onto win a Golden Globe for his 2011 role in The Descendants.

Michael Clayton’s Almost Win And More Reality-TV Girlfriends

During this time Clooney also began dating another reality-TV personality, Sarah Larson. The couple would end their relationship less than a year later in May of 2008.

Third Directing Attempt and Resignation From the Writers Guild Of America

In 2007, Clooney tried his hand a third time at directing and directed, produced and starred in the film Leatherheads. The film was successful but ultimately led to Clooney dropping out of the Writers Guild of America.

Third Directing Attempt and Resignation From the Writers Guild Of America

Clooney claimed that he had contributed writing to “all but two scenes” of the film and wanted credit alongside the film’s other writers Duncan Brantley and Rick Reilly. Brantley and Reilly had worked on the screenplay for 17 years, and in arbitration, Clooney lost the case and withdrew his membership status.

More Golden Globe Wins and Another Oscar for Clooney

After working on Leatherheads, Clooney went on to star in a number of films that garnered major positive attention. His 2009 film Up in the Air scored both an Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor.

More Golden Globe Wins and Another Oscar for Clooney

In 2011, Clooney was nominated for even more awards when The Ides of March was nominated for Best Director and Screenplay by the Golden Globes and Best Adapted Screenplay by the Academy Awards. Although Clooney didn’t win, his other picture from that year, The Decedents, scored him a Best Actor Golden Globe. In 2012, Clooney won his second Oscar and another Golden Globe for Argo, which won Best Picture.

Charity Work And Settling Down

Clooney is an avid philanthropist. The actor became a main member of the Save Darfur organization. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time after“using star power to illuminate the crisis in Darfur” and was presented with the Summit Peace Award by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates for his work in Darfur.

Charity Work And Settling Down

Clooney also shed his bachelor status more recently. In 2014 he became engaged to Amal Alamuddin, a British-Lebanese human rights lawyer. They married in September of that year and adopted a rescue dog from the Humane Society. Clooney has starred in a number of movies since his marriage including 2016’s Money Monster.

The Clooney’s Get Ready for Parenthood With $12.5 Million In Renovations

Married since September of 2014, the power couple announced in February of 2017 that they were expecting twins. But before Amal gave birth, the duo completed an amazing renovation on their Berkshire home. Purchased for $7.5 million in 2014, the Clooney’s nine-bedroom home was already stunning, but the pair wanted to get their abode ready for baby one and two.

The Clooney’s Get Ready for Parenthood With $12.5 Million In Renovations

The renovations included adding a Nanny’s quarters and installing a fence around the outside of their four-acre island in the Thames to protect the children from the water. They also added 18 CCTV camera, two pools, and a film editing suite so Dad could work from home without having to travel to the United States.

George and Amal Welcome Twins

As if this pair’s life couldn’t get any more picturesque, Amal gave birth to a daughter, Ella, and a son, Alexander, in June 2017. These are the stars’ first children and although they haven’t released photos of the babies, we’re certain their children will have impeccable genes when it comes to wit, charm, and good looks!

George and Amal Welcome Twins

“They start out with a personality right off the bat,” Clooney said in the interview to promote his new directorial effort, Suburbicon. “[Alexander] is a thug already. You saw him,” he said to long-time pal and Suburbicon star, Matt Damon. “He’s a moose! Literally, he just sits and he eats.”

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For 24 Hours, Kelly Clarkson Was Scared For Her Life

If you know how petrifying cancer can be then this will hit close to home. Going to the doctor for a routine checkup isn’t that high on everyone’s list of things they love. Why? Because you may think you are perfectly fine but there is something in the back of your head that keeps you the slightest paranoid. For Kelly Clarkson, that paranoia turned into a reality in 2006.

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It was the day of the 2006 Grammys and Kelly Clarkson had the heaviest mind in attendance. “Not many people know this … but I was told that morning that I had cancerous results for something,” she said. “I went the whole day crying. They redid my makeup four times because I was like, ‘Wow, so young.’ I was just completely freaking out.”

No one wants to be trembling with fear on one of the biggest days of their lives. Not only was Clarkson nominated, she was set to perform. That must have a nightmarish feeling, to say the least. Hope came in the form of her winning her first two Grammys for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

“Then when I won, I thought, ‘Oh, my God. This is like God giving me one more thing before something horrible happens,’” said Clarkson. From the sounds of things, Clarkson was going through it but the light at the end of the tunnel arrived the next day

What happened next is something that all cancer patients would wish could happen. The day after she won her Grammys and performed her hit song “Because of You” she had learned the diagnosis was just a mistake.

“I was like, ‘You completely ruined my entire [day],’” she laughed. “As a kid watching the Grammys, that was a big dream! It was kind of the worst/greatest day. And the next day was also the worst/greatest day because I wanted to punch someone.” And rightfully so, giving someone the scare of their life on a big day like that is quite ridiculous.

“I was like, ‘Who mixes up results? Why wouldn’t you test again?’ It was very much a roller coaster ride, that day, for me,” said Clarkson. “So, it’s kind of unfortunate, but a lot of the moments got stolen from that mishap. But hey, I didn’t have cancer!”

That is most likely one of the craziest 24 hours a human being can go through. Thinking that you have a life-threatening disease and winning an award you have been dreaming about since you were a kid has bittersweet written all over it.

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It takes a certain level of professionalism for someone to stay committed after hearing that news but that is just what Clarkson did accepting her awards and giving a great performance. One can only guess how thankful for life Clarkson has been since that scare. And to those still fighting that battle and were not as fortunate as Clarkson, continue the fight because it can be defeated.

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Celebs Who Saved Themselves For Marriage (Or Not)

People decide to “save” themselves, in other words remain “pure,” for lots of reasons. Some do it because of religious, emotional, or just personal reasons. Some do it because they want to protect their health, while others just do it because they want to find the “right” person. It really makes you wonder, though, when a super-attractive star says that they’ve vowed to remain celibate or abstinent. So many questions surround their decision, and then there’s always the inevitable musing… Is their desire to “wait” honest-and-real, or is it just a publicity stunt? Here are all the details about some of the biggest stars who said they were saving themselves.

Angela Simmons Confesses

Angela Simmons is famous as theGrowing Up Hip-Hopstar and a fabulous shoe designer. Her dad is also Run-DMC rap royalty the Rev. Joseph Simmons, which may also explain why she was so vocal about her desire to wait until marriage.

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So, when rumors of her pregnancy first surfaced, she denied it of course. There’s only so long that denials will hold up, though. She eventually confessed, saying, “You know, I met the love of my life and we got engaged. And I waited until twenty-eight.” So, the man of her dreams changed everything, and she welcomed Sutton Joseph, her baby boy, last year, and then married Sutton Tennyson.

Carrie Underwood on the Right To Love

Even after her American Idol win, and her subsequent steady-and-sure rise to even bigger stardom, Carrie Underwood had a lot to say about her decision to wait until marriage, and she held fast to her convictions. She says, “I grew up going to church camp and reading my Bible and having different faith books and movies in my life.”

Carrie Underwood on the Right To Love

She was abstinent until she married her husband, Mike Fisher, when she was 26-years old. It’s a good thing that she finally found “the right guy.” But, she’s also very vocal about her belief that everyone should have that right: “As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry. I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.”

Donny Osmond – Dad’s Dilemma

Donny Osmond was part of the Osmonds, and he went on to have a bestselling singing career. All-in-all, though, he’s a man of many talents; he’s a singer, songwriter, actor, TV host, dancer, and even author. What draws him to your attention here, though, is his vow to wait until he married.

Donny Osmond – Dad’s Dilemma

He says, “I was … when I got married and I would hope that my children, based on my beliefs and what I have taught them, would follow suit.” That appears to be easier to say than to actually ensure that they follow in his footsteps, though. He says, “I am not going to condemn anybody. That’s where religion gets a bad name, when people get holier than thou. We are all human. If my children make a mistake, I want them to know it is all right and they should try harder next time.”

Jordin Sparks & Perfect Sense

Jordin Sparks is famous as an actor, singer and model. You may remember when she auditioned for American Idol, or even when she became the youngest winner (at 17). Along with all the fame, though, she’s also been very vocal about her purity ring, which is a faith-based decision.

Jordin Sparks & Perfect Sense

If you look at her American Idol biography, you’ll see that she thanks her parents and God for her win. And, about her choice to wait, she explains, “My parents gave me a purity ring and talked to me about waiting until marriage. It wasn’t forced; it just made perfect sense.”

Julianne Hough & Her Lucky Guy

Julianne Hough is one of the infamous beauties of Dancing With The Stars fame, but she’s also now known for her vow of celibacy, based on her Mormon upbringing. As she explained, there was “no drinking, no caffeine, no smoking, no swear words, no R-rated movies.” There were rumors that her relationship with Zach Wilson might have been short-lived because of that little purity clause. Then, with Ryan Seacrest, rumors had it that she was his “beard.”

Julianne Hough & Her Lucky Guy

But, you probably don’t care about all that anymore. After all, she’s been dating NHL star Brooks Laich since 2013, and they announced their engagement in 2015. And, in an interview, he famously raved about her, saying, “She’s a cool, cool gal. She’s just a sweetheart, very loving, very giving. She puts so much great out into the world. I’m a pretty lucky guy.”

Kathie Lee Gifford – The Last One?

You probably know Kathie Lee Gifford as a host on the Today show, right? Well, she’s famous not only for her online prowess, but also because she waited until she was 22, and married to her first husband, Paul Johnson. In her autobiography, she explains: “My lifelong self-consciousness about my body seemed, miraculously, to fade away…”

Kathie Lee Gifford

Gifford said that she met her first husband at a Bible study group. He was the leader of the group. Up until, then, she was certain that she was the last hold out in Hollywood. Her marriage to her first husband lasted six years. She later married Frank Gifford in 1986, but they divorced in 2015.

Kevin Jonas & His Purity Ring

Kevin Jonas was part of the infamous Jonas brothers, and all of them quickly became popular with fans. Kevin is the oldest of the brother, and they all wore their very own “purity ring” to demonstrate their commitment to chastity. Of the three, it appears that Kevin is probably the only one who kept that vow (Joe admitted that the promise was broken).

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Kevin was undeterred. At 18, he said, “My ring represents a promise to myself and God that I’ll stay pure until marriage.” He married Danielle Deleasa in 2009, and the couple now has two children.

Jessica Simpson’s Something Special

Jessica Simpson is another famous celebrity who proclaimed that she was waiting until marriage. She was raised a Baptist, but said, “Abstinence for me is about romance. It has nothing to do with my relationship with God. It’s definitely a bonus in that department, but it’s nothing spiritual. It’s about giving something special to that person you’re going to spend the rest of your life with.”

Jessica Simpson’s Something Special

So, she waited until she married Nick Lachey in 2001 when she was 22-years old, but their marriage only lasted until 2005. She did say that that act of waiting until marriage made her most proud. She went on to have two children out of wedlock with Eric Johnson.

Kirk Cameron – Lock The Door

You probably remember him as Mike Severson on Growing Pains, but he’s gone on to appear in the Left Behind series as well as Fireproof. He also partnered with Ray Comfort for an Evangelical ministry, The Way of the Master. His decision to be celibate until marriage is also tied to his Evangelical faith.

Kirk Cameron – Lock The Door

He famously says, “I’m glad I waited.” He met his wife, Chelsea, while he was still on the set of Growing Pains, and they’ve been together ever since. Kinda mushy, but he says: “Love is a promise. It’s a room you go into where you learn how to serve someone else. And you don’t leave that room. You lock the door and throw away the key.”

Lenny Kravitz – Promise Made?

Yeah, you probably know that Lenny Kravitz has done a little bit of everything. He’s an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and an actor. And, he’s also incorporated elements of many musical genres into his own unique style. He also won the Grammy Award for “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” over four consecutive years. So, yeah, you know him…

Lenny Kravitz – Promise Made?

He explains that while he thinks that it’s important to be close, “It’s just that I’m going to do it with my wife. And not everybody else.” So, while he told Maxim: “(It’s) a promise I made until I get married.” He later told Details: “I said it, and it just got blown way out of proportion.”

Lisa Kudrow – Precious Honor

You probably know (and love) Lisa Kudrow from the role she played as Phoebe on Friends. But, reports say that she’s really nothing like the hippie she played on the show, and she has also been vocal about her decision to wait until marriage. She explained that it was “something I’d decided was very precious…an honor I was bestowing on a young man.”

Lisa Kudrow – Precious Honor

But, did she really wait until she was 31, when she married Michael Stern? Some have taken an interview with Jay Leno to mean that she may not have been completely celibate. The quote that they point to is this one: “No, no. What I was trying to say is that when I was young I had always had hoped and wanted to be…” What do you think?

Lolo Jones – It’s Harder Than Olympics Training

Lolo Jones is American hurdler and bobsledder who specializes in the 60-meter and 100-meter hurdles. She was an Olympic athlete but fell short of winning any medals. About her choice of waiting until marriage, she said, “It’s just something, a gift I want to give my husband.”

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But, she also said that it’s “harder than training for the Olympics.” She is also very comfortable with her body. She posed semi-nude for ESPN the Magazine’s “The Body” issue in 2009. Jones was also on the cover of Outside magazine in 2012. The “bathing suit” she wore was made up of ribbon that had been strategically placed.

Mariah Carey Waited for Nick Cannon

Mariah Carey is a huge pop star, of course. She’s the obvious best-selling female singer from the ’90s. In her credits, though, you’ll find mention of a whole lot more. Beyond singing, she’s a songwriter, record producer, and even an actress. She’s quite a lady!

Mariah Carey Waited for Nick Cannon

Yes, she’d been married before to Tommy Mottola, in 1993 (and divorced in 1998), but she still vowed to remain celibate with Nick Cannon until they got married. Maybe it’s not such a surprise, then, that they got hitched just two months after they started dating. She explained, “It’s not that we had no intimacy. We just didn’t have complete intimacy. It’s just me, and my feelings. But we both have similar beliefs and I just thought that it would be so much more special if we waited until we were married. And it was.” While they might have had some good moments, the couple divorced in 2016.

Meagan Good About “The Wait”

Actress Meagan Good is married to DeVon Franklin, a Seventh Day Adventist minister. She was vocal about her vow of celibacy before marriage, and they’ve even released the New York Times bestselling book, The Wait. They talk about their journey with abstinence. Since so many others lament how hard it is, the book also offers advice to those who are struggling.

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In the book, they explain their reasoning: “We live in a culture addicted to the quick hookup, the miracle cure, and the overnight sensation. The Wait is the remedy for that addiction.” But, waiting until marriage also supports the fact that it’s not always easy to find that person who will love you the way you deserve. It’s about being (and becoming) “self-aware and humble enough to admit that our first impulses aren’t always smart ones.”

Rebecca St. James on Making Memories

For Rebecca St. James, it really makes all the career sense in the world for her to remain celibate. She has written books about her desire to wait until marriage, but she also sings hit songs about it! She is a Grammy Award-winning Christian recording artist, after all.

Rebecca St. James on Making Memories

She felt compelled to defend her position on Fox News. She said: “Can I just say that [it] – and I’ve never been with anyone else – is so cherishing and beautiful, and I’m glad I don’t have memories with anyone else, and I’m glad my husband doesn’t have anyone to compare me to.” She married Jacob “Cubbie” Fink in 2011, and she gave birth to her daughter, Gemma Elena Fink, in 2014.

Sarah Drew on Falling in Love Via Letters

You may know Sarah Drew for her role on Grey’s Anatomy. She married her college sweetheart, Peter Lanfer, in 2002. He’s a lecturer at UCLA. She was once asked if their relationship was “love at first sight,” to which she replied: “For him it was. For me, we were leading a camp together and I was very focused on the kids. I had been burned twice by guys, so I was wounded and not interested in guys at all. He pursued me with handwritten letters for like eight months. It was incredibly romantic and old fashioned. I fell in love with him through the letters.”

Sarah Drew on Falling in Love Via Letters

The couple also waited until marriage. A fan famously asked her about how she compared to the character of Dr. April Kepner. Specifically, the person asked: “Are you as religious as April. How old were u when you first lost [it] lol?” The actress replied, “I waited until marriage.” Beyond being married since 2002, the star-crossed couple now has two children. Micah Emmanuel was born in 2012, and Hannah Mali Rose was born in 2014.

Sean Lowe & Catherine Giudici

You know him as the Bachelor hunk on Season 13, but did you know that he and his chosen fiancee, Catherine Giudici, decided to wait until their honeymoon? That’s kind of a big deal when everything comes out via reality TV and the tabloids.

Sean Lowe & Catherine Giudici

Giudici told The View, “We made a really good decision for us and we’re excited to consummate as husband and wife.” She was busy talking about that big wedding in 2014. She also said, “It’s something that is a benefit of being married.” And, of course, they also posted newborn baby pictures of Samuel Thomas last year. The proud mom posted, “I think I’m in love :)”

Sherri Shepherd on Sticking to Values

Sherri Shepherd is a TV host and actress. She famously jumped in to defend Olympian Lola Jones against critics that found fault with her desire to wait until marriage, saying: “I think it’s great that she’s sticking to her values.” She further said, “Nobody applauds anybody sticking to their values, but when they mess up, they go ‘Where’s your values?’”

Sherri Shepherd on Sticking to Values

In 2012, 29-year-old Shepherd also made headlines from comments she made in an interview with HBO Real Sports, when she said that she’d been saving herself for marriage. In her relationship with her second husband, she said she also waited until her wedding night.

Taylor Lautner

You may know him for his Twilight role, but Taylor Lautner seems to capture everyone’s attention as a huge heartthrob both on and off the Big Screen. He took the abstinence vow back in 2009, and nobody’s been able to prove (or report) any deviation from that promise. You’d be sure to see it blitzed across every possible tabloid, that’s for sure.

Taylor Lautner

Of course, he also didn’t say he was waiting until marriage, just that he was waiting for the “right girl.” Of course, rumors have it that his vow may be part of why his relationships just don’t last. Is he calling it quits and moving on when he determines they’re just not “all that” or are they breaking it off when he won’t break his abstinence vow? Then again, he also famously lamented: “Oh, it’s soo hard being famous! I can’t date anybody because everybody just wants my hot body and my Twilight millions!” Not the most modest, but he does say he hopes he’s romantic, and that it’s “more than the flowers and the gifts.” He says, “It’s about connecting with the person and being able to talk and share things with her.”

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow is a famous NFL player, but he made huge headlines when he announced that he’d vowed to remain celibate until marriage. Of course, there have also been lots of rumors about whether it’s that decision to wait also ruined his relationship with Olivia Culpo.

Tim Tebow

For his part, he seemed like he was stuck on her. During the brief relationship, sources said, “It’s very new, but he thinks she is a goddess. He’s very attentive, and writes her sweet notes all the time.” While some surmised it was his decision to “wait,” others claim that Culpo just wasn’t that into him, and/or that she was still recovering from her breakup with Nick Jonas. Sometimes the timing is just way off. Then again, there may be lots of women hoping and really trying to get him into bed, since one dating website offered $1 million to any woman who could offer proof that she’d slept with Tebow.

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The Wildest Incidents To Happen During Concerts!

For some people, concerts are their favorite events to go to. Being able to see their favorite artist perform the songs they love is almost like a dream come true. Unfortunately, there are moments when the concert does not go as planned. Some concerts are wildly interrupted by unexpected events and it throws off the whole rhythm of the event. Here is a slew of the craziest reasons why concerts were interrupted.

Kanye West

First of all, he is performing on a floating stage. The concert should have been interrupted for safety measures but Kanye will be Kanye. This particular interruption ended up ended the concert after only 30 minutes.

Kanye West

Kanye went on a rant about Trump, Jay Z, Bey, and much more before eventually ending the show and leaving fans upset. “Get ready to have a field day, press. Get ready, get ready. Because the show’s over,” were a few of his last words before he left.

The Dropkick

At one of his concerts, “Sure Thing” singer Miguel was sued for his Hulk Hogan style dropkick that he performed on a fan. While performing at the Billboard awards in 2013, Miguel decided to unleash his inner Power Ranger and leap across a small crowd of fans. He must have misjudged how tight his pants were mid-jump and it ended up hurting a fan.

The Dropkick

He landed on the fan’s neck and immediately after the show he was interviewed with the fan. “We just met,” Miguel joked. “Unfortunately we did not meet under the best circumstances, but I think we’re okay.” Her name is Tsai and she sued him for negligence and sought damages to cover medical fees.

The Stones Spark Trouble

The year was 1969 and the Rolling Stones had just completed a successful American tour. To celebrate, they were the headliners of a free festival at Altamont. Things seemed legit but there was something questionable in place and that was when they chose to hire members of a notorious biker gang as their security.

The Stones Spark Trouble

Chaos eventually broke loose when fighting in the crowd began. Fighting already sounds bad enough but it got worse. Someone was killed after a serious bout broke loose with a member of the biker club. At least we know that if you use them as security, you are well protected.

Kid Cudi’s Knuckle Sandwich

Kid Cudi has one of the most loyal fan bases. Even when he puts out experimental music that is nothing like the style he blew up on, the true fans will support him. In 2009, Cudi went toe-to-toe with one of these fans all because of a simple misunderstanding.

Kid Cudi in Concert - Las Vegas

While performing one of his classic songs “Pursuit of Happiness,” a wallet was thrown on stage and Cudi responded. He went to pick the wallet up and throw it back but the person he threw it to said it was not his so he threw back. Cudi didn’t like that and went into the crowd and socked the guy in the face.

Metallica and Guns ‘N’ Roses

It was 1992 and a bunch of things went wrong over in Montreal. Metallica was co-headlining a concert with Guns ‘N’ Roses and their half of the fiasco may be just as bad if not worse than the other incident. James Hetfield was burned horribly by the pyrotechnics so they had to cut their half of the show short.

Metallica and Guns ‘N’ Roses

Then it got worse when Axl Rose made the crowd upset by showing up late and leaving early because of “vocal issues.” 50 thousand people started to riot. They smashed windows and set fires causing the police to go after rioters in the streets.

Limp Bizkit Eggs on 1999 Woodstock

Woodstock ’99 was a disaster. Just so you believe us, the temperature was scorching, the lines were long just to buy an expensive bottle of water, and the planning for the event could have gone a lot better because chaos was afoot that year.

Limp Bizkit Eggs on 1999 Woodstock

It was supposed to be a concert that promoted peace and love as well as a free-spirited kindness but the opposite was in effect especially when Limp Bizkit got on stage to perform. Vandalism and destruction were going on and the leader of the group, Fred Durst, was just egging the crowd on like it was the thing to do.

Pearl Jam Tragedy

In 2000, something happened that no band would want to happen. As a matter of fact, no one should want this fate to happen to anyone especially while they are out trying to enjoy the music they love. At the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, nine people were left killed.

Pearl Jam Tragedy

When fans went to rush the stage to see Pearl Jam perform, that is how many of them got their lives taken. The moment Pearl Jam heard of this tragedy they stopped the show. Being the good people that they are, they stayed in touch with the families and reference them in the song “Love Boat Captain.”

Justin Bieber Storms Off

Most are aware of Justin Bieber’s past mishaps and public interactions. He once spit on the people below him from his balcony and we do not know why. In a concert, however, he took it to Kanye level and ended it himself because of the fans.

Justin Bieber Storms Off

“He went to dry up the water with a towel when fans tried to take the towel from Bieber,” the eyewitness continues. “He became angry and walked off the stage.” Bieber later said he was sorry on Instagram with, “sadly it’s been a rough week for me, long days no sleep, while having to be ‘on’ as they would say for cameras fans etc. In no way did I mean to come across mean.”

Lady Gaga Gets Crashed

Lady Gaga is known for having her own crazy antics like wearing an all-meat costume as a form of making a statement. Not fake meat but real meat was her choice of clothing for the event. This time, a fan flipped the script and went crazy on her for once.

While performing one of her many smash records, a fan found her way on stage as the background dancers are not breaking form and Gaga starts to back away. The fan seems to be pleading to Gaga as she inched closer to her before eventually being carried off stage.

Drake Tears His ACL

In the early stage of the Canadian superstar’s career, he hit a major bump in the road. It happened around the time his hot single “Best I Ever Had” was making its course on the radio and everybody had got tired of it after just two weeks.

Drake Tears His ACL

This was also during the era when some rappers were still wearing baggy jeans and Drake just so happened to have a pair on. While performing the aforementioned song he started to trot around and out of nowhere he slipped and landed flat on the ground. You could see him pound the ground in disappointment and pain right before people came to help him backstage.

The Fire in Rhode Island

In 2003, pyrotechnics got the best of a band once again but this time in an even more deadly manner. The band Great White was performing and suddenly the pyrotechnics lit the soundproof insulation and that is when mayhem broke loose. 100 people died during the incident including someone you would least expect.

The Fire in Rhode Island

The guitarist of the band was also killed in the fire and another 200 plus suffered burns and other injuries. The tour manager was sentenced to ten years in prison for involuntary manslaughter but got off on parole in 2008. This hit hard for the band, especially for Jack Russell.

Dimebag Darrell

Here we have another case of a deranged fan, and this might be the craziest one can get. In 2004, Damageplan was performing in Columbus, Ohio when something unpredictable happened. Something that should put incentives in place so that no one can carry weapons at a concert. The fan climbed on stage and what happened next was horrible.

Dimebag Darrell

Once on stage, the fan by the name of Nathan Gale took out his 9mm and put multiple bullets in the head of Dimebag Darrell. An additional three others were killed as well before the murderer was brought down. Eventually, those involved summed up the courage to rock another day.

German Love Parade Festival

The German Love Parade is the German version of EDM. What happened here is a prime example of what you get when you try to cram too many people in a small space. It just doesn’t work! And as a result, the festival was canceled after 2010.

German Love Parade Festival

The area in which the festival was taking place only could hold roughly 250,000 people. The total number of fans that showed up came out to more than one million. 500 people were injured and 21 passed away due to the lack of space. This was a lesson to be learned in event planning.

The Collapse at the Indiana State Fair

Sugarland was set to go on stage and perform next at the Indiana State Fair in 2011. That is until the weather had a change of plans for the fair and put tons of people’s lives in danger. Seven deaths even occurred because of the collapse of the stage that took place.

The Collapse at the Indiana State Fair

It was said to have collapsed due to the weather and Sugarland was said to be “stunned and heartbroken” by what happened and had no words to talk about what happened. After that tragic event, state fairs have now taken more precaution and finding better ways to combat the weather.

Big Sean Says, “Stop Throwing Money”

While Big Sean was promoting his number one album I Decided he did a show performing some of the songs off the album while in Las Vegas. The “Bounce Back” rapper was at Drai’s Nightclub and a certain fan thought it would appropriate to turn it into a different type of club.

Big Sean Says, “Stop Throwing Money”

The fan was throwing money at the stage and Big Sean was not a fan of that. “Hey, stop throwing [expletive] money my [expletive],” Sean yelled. The crowd was in shock because everyone sees Big Sean as a mild-mannered person. Throwing money while he performs is what ticks him off, it seems.

Snoop and Wiz Are clueless

Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa are two of the biggest green advocates in the music business. The two of them have made plenty of songs together and even have graced the stage together on tour. One performance, a rail was not very secure and happened to fall over leaving a handful of people falling on their faces.

Snoop and Wiz Are clueless

Fans were packed tight to see the duo perform and leaning heavy on the rail that kept that safe. While Snoop and Wiz turned around for a split second, the railing fell and the two didn’t even notice. Security came on stage to get the stars backstage.

Demi Gets Ambushed

No one can get enough of their favorite artist, that goes without saying. Demi Lovato learned that first hand if she didn’t already know. In 2012, she decided to get fancy and let some fans go over the barrier so that they could get closer to her while she was talking to the audience.

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“You guys got to be safe, though,” said Lovato. Maybe she should have been more concerned about her own safety before letting them get so close. First, one girl hopped on stage and to hug her and shortly after about three more fans rushed in before Lovato was rushed off the stage.

Drake…Being Drake

Drake makes the list again but this time he didn’t injure himself. This also happened early in his career and it foreshadowed how big he was going to be. Only a few artists have the ability to do what Drake did to this poor girl.

Drake…Being Drake

It appeared this young lady was elevated in the crowd due to her being on someone’s back and Drake came up to her and sang directly to her. He grabbed her hand while serenading her and the girl was going crazy. When he backed away and went to the center stage, moments later she straight up passed out. The show was paused as Drake spoke to the audience.

Miley Gets Rushed Off Stage

This is similar to Demi Lovato’s situation except Miley Cyrus didn’t entice the fans by saying they could come closer to her. While she was on her Gypsy Heart Tour in 2011, before she became the wrecking ball that she is now, a fan got bold and rushed the stage.

Miley Gets Rushed Off Stage

It was almost like a sneak attack because the fan crept up from behind like a ninja and tried to give Miley a big hug. In a matter of seconds, security came and apprehended the young lady and then rushed the star off of the stage. The girl could have just wanted a hug.

The Queen Got Pulled

It is no secret that Beyoncé is one of the biggest stars of this era. When she performs, her shows are always sold out. She brings thousands of fans to her shows wherever she goes. That includes Brazil where she was dragged off the stage by a fan in the crowd.

The Queen Got Pulled

Beyoncé likes to get interactive with the fans when she performs sometimes and there is nothing wrong with that. However, we are thinking maybe she should up the security when she does interact with her adoring fanbase. While performing “Irreplaceable” she got down on her knees by the edge of the stage and a man with his shirt off pulled her down. When the guards try to escort him out, Beyoncé said to let him stay and had a dialogue with him in front of everybody.

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