Taylor Swift Crashed a Fan’s Wedding and Sang “Blank Space”
Taylor Swift crashed a fan’s wedding in New Jersey on Saturday and sang “Blank Space” at the reception. And she did it for a very cool reason that goes beyond just being nice to a supporter. The groom’s name is Max Singer, and “Blank Space” is his favorite song. Back in April, he actually married his fiancée Kenya at his sick mother’s bedside, and they even did their mother-son dance to that song in her hospital room. As they expected, Max’s mother didn’t make it to Saturday’s reception. But in the meantime, his sister wrote to Taylor, telling her what had happened. So they arranged for Taylor to show up as a surprise to Max, Kenya and their guests. In addition to singing for them, Taylor gave them a gift, a painting that said, “So it’s gonna be forever,” with the wedding date. Taylor posted this awesome photo with the couple:
A wedding guest captured this moment:
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Muhammad Ali Has Died
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali passed away late Friday night at the age of 74. According to a family spokesperson, the cause of death was “septic shock due to unspecified natural causes.”
Last week, we heard that he was hospitalized with a respiratory problem. At the time, his rep said he was in “fair condition,” and he wasn’t expected to be there long. In a morbid way, but that turned out to be true.
For what it’s worth, it sounds like the issues he was having were complications related to Parkinson’s disease, which he’d been battling for 32 years.
Ali will be laid to rest on Friday in Louisville, Kentucky, his hometown. There will be a funeral service at 2:00 P.M. at the ‘KFC Yum! Center.’ It’ll be open to the public, and available to stream online at AliCenter.org. Former President Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal, and Bryant Gumbel will give eulogies. There will be a procession throughout Louisville.
Here’s a shot of Ali carrying the Olympic torch to light the cauldron at the Atlanta games in 1996.
Just 8 months until Muhammad Ali turns 75! As part of our countdown through Muhammad’s decades, we also honor the 20th anniversary of the Champ lighting the 1996 Olympic cauldron in Atlanta. And through the years, we continue to celebrate how this moment has continued to inspire generations! You can view this torch in our exhibits to relive the moment!Howard Bingham #muhammadali #1996olympics
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Ali was a three-time World Heavyweight Champion, who dominated boxing during his 21-year professional career from 1960 to 1981. His record was 56-5 . . . with 37 knockouts.
He started training at the age of 12, and won his first world heavyweight championship at 22 in an upset over Sonny Liston in 1964. Not long after that, he changed his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali.
He was a significant part of the black pride, Nation of Islam, and civil rights movements in the ’60s. And in 1966 he refused to be drafted into the military because of his religious beliefs, and his opposition to the Vietnam War.
He was arrested, and was stripped of his boxing titles after being found guilty of draft evasion. He was suspended for almost four years . . . and then in 1971 the Supreme Court overturned his conviction.
His biggest fights were that win over Liston . . . the three against his rival Joe Frazier . . . and the so-called “Rumble in the Jungle” against George Foreman, where he won back all his titles.
The first loss of his career was to Frazier in 1971. He came back to beat him in two subsequent fights . . . in 1974 and 1975. His career ended with two losses, to Larry Holmes in 1980 and to Trevor Berbick in 1981.
Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama Broke Up
Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama broke up. They announced it on Instagram Friday, after Demi attended her great-grandmother’s funeral. They issued a joint statement that said, quote, “After almost 6 loving and wonderful years together, we have decided to end our relationship. This was an incredibly difficult decision for both of us, but we have realized more than anything that we are better as friends. “We will always be supportive of one another. Thank you to everyone who has offered us kindness and support over the years.” There’s no word why they broke up, and it seems like it came out of nowhere. Just this past February on “Ellen” Demi said, quote, “We’ve been together this long . . . obviously I’m not going anywhere.” Get more here.
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