Fiona Apple sends support to Sinead O’Connor: ‘You’re my hero’


Fiona Apple uploaded a heartfelt video message supporting Sinead OConnor to her YouTube channel Thursday.

Apple, 39, recorded the clip in response to a video OConnor posted on her Facebook last week. In the 12-minute video, OConnor, 50, tearfully explained she was living in a Travelodge motel in New Jersey. She spoke about her struggle with mental illness and thoughts of suicide.

My entire life is revolving around not dying, and thats not living, OConnor said.

The Irish singer-songwriter, who Rolling Stone reported was briefly “missing suicidal” in 2016, said her psychiatrist was the only thing keeping me alive.

I just saw the video of you, and I dont want you to feel like that, Apple said in her video response. Youve given so much, and I wish I could be there. I wish I could be of some use to you. Im your friend, thats all I want to say, and youre my hero.

See the full clip below.

Apple also posted to her channel a video of OConnors performance at the 1989 Grammy Awards.

A note posted to OConnors Facebook page four days later assured fans she is she is safe, and she is not suicidal.

On Thursday OConnor posted a detailed explanation of her improving condition. She then blasted her former manager, who she recently fired. OConnors new manager, Anna M. Sala, issued the following statement:

Sinead is a brave and courageous woman. She says her truth without fear or shame. And just as she fought against child abuse in the church, she will fight with the same strength against the stigma of mental illness, even while putting her own neck on the line.

She is like no one else. Her courage is endless. Despite her own heartbreak, she is always concerned about the suffering of others and how she can use her voice to help them.

She is receiving the best medical care. She is lovingly supported by a musician advocacy organization with a team of people who are working with her on the road to healing. She is improving day by day. Sinead herself said: “If not for Jazz Foundation I wouldn’t have made it. I would not be alive today if not for the unconditional love & kindness of these people.

We are asking people to send their prayers and loving support. At this time, we are all focused on her health and wellness. But without a doubt, her fighting spirit is intact.

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This dude vowed to dress like Sarah Palin if McCain voted no on healthcare billhere’s how he looked


With the Senate healthcarebill that would overturn Obamacare about to be voted upon, tensions ran high early Friday morning on Twitter about what Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) would ultimately decide. His no vote, along with nays offered by Alaskas Lisa Murkowski and Maines Susan Collins, eventually killed the bill, but for the screenwriter and producer whos best known for his work on Lost, that meant he would have to pay a heavy price.

This is what Jeffrey Lieber tweeted before McCains decision.

And after McCain gave his now famous thumbs-down on the bill, here was how Lieber responded.

Luckily, Lieber posted photos of his day at work on Friday, complete with his chic Sarah Palin look. Everybody seemed to love his outfit.

The day after his dress-up party, Lieber seemed to be feeling fine. Especially because, as he told the Daily Dot, he got to show off certain hirsute parts of his anatomy.

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Jessica Simpson owns Whole Foods with savage tweet after chicken/tuna mixup


Chicken salad that was sent to Whole Foods grocery store locations in three northeastern states had to be recalled earlier this month, because the packages actually contained tuna.

You know who heard about that and sent out a savage tweet in response? Jessica Simpson, of course.

Its a simple tweet, yet so very effectivea Twitter clapback thats been brewing since 2003 when this happened on her Newlyweds show with then-husband Nick Lachey.

Since her confusion 14 years ago, Simpson has maintained a sense of humor about one of her most embarrassing TV moments. And with this tweet, Simpson has reached the pinnacle of making chicken salad out of Chicken of the Sea.

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The coroners report investigating Carrie Fishers death has been released


When Carrie Fisher diedat the age of 60 last December, it was reported that she had suffered a massive cardiac arrest. Best known as playing Princess Leiain the Star Warsmovies, Fisher suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to New York and died a few days later.

On Friday night, the coroners report was released, and though it said the exact cause of her death was unknown, sleep apnea and a buildup of fatty tissue in her arteries played a significant role, according to the Associated Press. The coroners release also said there were signs of multiple drugs in her system, but it couldnt be determined whether they contributed to her death.

Her death certificate, released in January, said she had died from cardiac arrest.

Her brother, Todd Fisher, said the family hadnt wanted a coroners investigation, telling the AP, Were not enlightened. Theres nothing about this that is enlightening.

In a statement given to People, Fishers daughter, Billie Lourd, said, My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it. She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases.

She talked about the shame that torments people and their families confronted by these diseases. I know my Mom, shed want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles. Seek help, fight for government funding for mental health programs. Shame and those social stigmas are the enemies of progress to solutions and ultimately a cure. Love you Momby.

Fisher will reprise her roleas Leia Organain the eighth episode of the Star Wars franchise.

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Trump budget could result in 1 million deaths due to cuts to HIV funds


A provision in President Donald Trumps budget proposal that would cut funding to global health programs would result in at least 1million people dying in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere, researchers say.

The Trump administration has proposed to cut programs that help buy drugs for people infected with the HIV virus around the world by at least one fifth of the current funding, the New York Times reports.

These are lifesaving interventions, and these levels of reductions will significantly curtail service delivery, Jen Kates, a vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told the newspaper.

Currently, the programs guarantee that people who test positive for HIV can immediately receive treatment, the Times reported, which not only keeps them alive but helps stop the spread of the virus.

If you cut the funding by this much, I think theres a real risk we will backslide, and a whole lot more people will become infected, Brian Honermann, deputy director at amfAR, told the Times.

Most United States funding for AIDS and HIV treatment comes from a plan enacted in 2004 by former President George W. Bush called the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or Pepfar. The program was expanded by former President Barack Obama. Funds from the program go to more than 60 countries, according to the Times, which would be lowered under the new proposal.

Trumps budget proposal also calls for eliminating $524 million in funds for contraceptives and family planning efforts that benefit women in developing nations, the Times reported.

However, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which was founded in 1990 and is the largest federal program for people who suffer from HIV is among the Department of Health and Human Services highest priorities, according to NBC News.

Vice President Mike Pences website once said Congress should audit programs similar to the Ryan White program to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus.

Trump’s budget proposal also proposes a massive 25 percent cut in food stamps as part of a welfare reform initiative worth $274 billion over the next decade.

The budget is not expected to pass exactly as proposed because Congress has ultimate authority over how the United States government spends money.

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