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R Kelly faces years in jail as he’s sentenced for racketeering and sex trafficking
multiple counts of racketeering, with the charges relating to bribery and forced labour, by a jury in September last year.Kelly, 55, was also found in violation of an anti-sex trafficking law known as the Mann Act.The singer, who denied all charges, was found guilty on all nine counts against him following a six-week trial in Brooklyn, New York.His conviction carries a minimum sentence of 10 years, but he may receive a sentence of up to life imprisonment for his crimes.Federal prosecutors have asked for a sentence ‘in excess of 25 years’ though the singer’s own lawyers have asked he receive under 10.Several victims of his abuses are expected to give victim impact statements to the court, and Kelly himself may even make statements, having declined to take the stand during the trial.The singer – real name Robert Sylvester Kelly – has been detained at the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn since the verdict.As the US singer found fame after he performed on the talent TV show Big Break as part of the group MGM in 1989, but he left the group in 1993 to launch his solo career.Kelly’s debut solo album 12 Play was released in November of that year, which featured his first number one hit Bump N’ Grind.In 1998, he was nominated for several Grammy awards for his song I Believe I Can Fly, which won him best male R&B vocal performance, best R&B song and best song written for a motion picture, television or other visual media.The song became an inspirational anthem played at school graduations, weddings, advertisements and elsewhere, including the inauguration of former US president Barack Obama in 2008.Kelly went on to release a total of six studio albums and worked with famous faces in the music industry including Jay-Z,
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Binky Felstead gives relieved health update on baby son Wolfie after he suffers dangerous allergic reaction
Binky Felstead has shared a positive update on the health of her baby son after he was rushed to hospital this week.The Made In Chelsea star, 32, went through a parent’s worst fear this week as her one-year-old son, Wolfie, suffered a severe allergic reaction.Little Wolfie, who Binky shares with husband Max Darnton, went into anaphylactic shock after eating hummus, which the reality star believes was caused by sesame present in the dip.Her baby was rushed to hospital via ambulance, with Binky later thanking paramedics for their quick actions in providing a potentially life-saving adrenaline shot to her sick child.‘He started to get incredibly uncomfortable and was continuously rubbing his face and getting upset,’ she wrote on social media after the scare.‘He went bright red all over his face & hands and white little spots appeared shortly before his eye, lips & tongue started to swell.’Thankfully, after a quick trip to hospital – sirens blazing, which Wolfie loved – and being monitored for several hours, Wolfie is now home and back to his old self.TV star Binky shared a series of snaps of her son looking happy and healthy, grinning for the camera, writing on Instagram: ‘Thank you,’ with a praying emoji.‘He’s back to his usual “nutty self”,’ she said, adding: ‘bad joke!’She thanked everyone who had contacted her with referrals or recommendations after Wolfie’s scare, saying she was ‘really learning so much.’She urged anyone else in their situation: ‘If in doubt [definitely]y call 999 or 111 ( I was apprehensive at first not wanting to waste anyones time & not knowing the full extent of what was going on).‘But thank god we did, as it escalated so quickly, timing to get him medical help was crucial (sic).’Binky promised
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Travis Barker taken to hospital in ambulance with Kourtney Kardashian by his side
obtained by TMZ show Travis, 46, on a stretcher, with Kourtney, 43, by his side.Travis has not publicly addressed the incident, but hours earlier tweeted: ‘God save me.’The rocker’s daughter Alabama, 16, has since spoken out to ask her Instagram followers to ‘pray’, but did not offer any other update as to her father’s health. He and Kourtney got married in May this year during a ceremony in Portofino, Italy, surrounded by their family and friends.Kourtney’s children, Mason 12, Penelope, nine, and seven-year-old Reign – who she has with former partner Scott Disick – were in attendance for the ceremony, along with her mother, Kris Jenner.Her siblings Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, and Kendall Jenner, as well as the latter’s boyfriend, Devin Booker, and her momager’s partner, Corey Gamble also joined the star-studded event.On Travis’s side were his son Landon, 18, daughter Alabama, 16, stepdaughter Atiana De La Hoya, 23, and friends including Machine Gun Kelly and his Blink-182 bandmate Mark Hoppus.God save meKourtney and Travis went public with their romance in early 2021 before getting engaged in October.Travis proposed on a Malibu beach, with the romantic moment recently unveiled in an episode of the new The Kardashians series. The couple have been sharing their fertility journey on the show, as they try for a baby.
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Travis Barker’s son Landon ‘dating’ TikTok star Charli D’Amelio after ‘getting tattoos together’
Love is apparently in the air for TikTok sensation Charli D’Amelio and Travis Barker’s son Landon, who are reportedly dating. Rumours about the pair’s relationship have been rife with their eagle-eyed social media followers spotting clues that they’ve been hanging out together recently. Earlier in June, Charli and Landon, both 18, were pictured leaving his concert together, while they were also spied exiting a party in Los Angeles organised to celebrate Charli’s sister Dixie’s debut album release, A Letter To Me.New life was breathed into the dating speculation when Landon and Charli appeared to get tattoos from the same parlour in LA, with both sharing their new ink from artist Arbel around the same time. A source has now claimed that the pair are indeed an item, telling People: ‘They’re seeing each other, and it’s early stages.’ It’s not the first time Charli has been linked to a high-profile star as she was previously in a relationship with TikTok influencer Chase Hudson, who is also a musician by the name Lil Huddy. They confirmed their romance in December 2019 but Charli announced they had split four months later.In her Instagram stories in April 2020, Charli wrote: ‘Since you guys have watched mine and Chase’s relationship from the start, I decided I needed to tell you all that we are no longer together. It hurts me to say this, but we’ve decided that this is what’s best for both of us.’ She added: ‘We are still close friends and I would not change that for anything! I truly have so much love for Chase and wish him nothing but the best for him.
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Seth Rogen rocks blonde hair and colourful fake nails as he smokes blunt into matching ashtray
supports HTML5 videoSeth Rogen is expanding his cannabis business as he shows off a new product in the most Seth Rogen way imaginable.The actor, best-known for his roles in classic stoner movies such as Pineapple Express and This Is The End, has been making the most of the plant becoming legal in many states, including his adopted home of California.Last year, he launched his company Houseplant, which sells strains of cannabis and smoking accessories in areas where it is legal, and often updates fans on the business via social media.During the Covid-19 pandemic, Seth, 39, discovered a new interest, pottery, and has now combined the two hobbies as he designs ashtrays for his cannabis business.Known as ‘gloopy’ ashtrays, Seth’s designs are similar to the pots and vases he often showcases on social media, and this week he unveiled a brand new product.The Knocked Up star took to Twitter where he showed off a new looks – short, platinum blonde hair, and some genuinely savage long fake nails: bright orange, with raised lilac bumps.In the video, Seth uses his ultra-long nails to roll a blunt (again, legal in the State of California). using his own-brand Houseplant papers.He then lights it and inhales, before tapping the ash into the newly-launched ashtray – which looks exactly like his nails.‘Gloop is back,’ the actor says.
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Britain’s Got Talent icon Alesha Dixon shares heartache as beloved 13-year-old dog dies: ‘I will love you forever’
Alesha Dixon has shared the sad news that her dog, Daisy, has died.As any animal lover will know, there’s nothing quite like the pain of losing a beloved pet, particularly one who has been part of the family for a long time.And Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha is currently feeling that pain keenly, as she was forced to say goodbye to her 13-year-old pup this week.The singer and TV personality broke the news on Instagram on Tuesday, sharing some sweet snaps of the pointer over the years.One adorable photo showed Daisy as a puppy, hanging out in the garden and nibbling on her namesake, a real daisy.Another heartachingly sweet snap showed a much older Daisy posing with Alesha, her husband and two daughters as they went for a walk outside.Taking to Instagram to share the snaps, Alesha wrote simply: ‘I will love you forever Daisy.’She added a series of emojis, including flowers (and of course, a daisy), a rainbow and a heart.Later, on her Instagram Stories, Alesha shared another snap of a younger Daisy relaxing in the garden, and wrote: ’13 years of loving you.‘My beautiful Daisy.’The broken-hearted star was flooded with well-wishes from fans as she shared the sad news, with hundreds sending red hearts in solidarity.Alesha previously spoke about life with Daisy the dog for Metro’s Sixty Seconds, revealing that taking her pups for a walk is one of her favourite things to do.In the interview this month, she explained how she adopted little Daisy from the RSPCA, and how she and youngest daughter Anaya both love taking her and their two other dogs for walks in the woods.However, she revealed they were ‘taking it a bit easy’ lately as their ‘lovely pointer [Daisy] isn’t very well at the moment.’She added: ‘But being out in nature
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Love Island’s Maura Higgins sparks romance rumours with footballer Connor Wickham as they attend barbecue together
It seems Love Island star Maura Higgins could have a new beau after she attended a barbecue with footballer Connor Wickham.The reality star, 31, and Milton Keynes Dons player, 29, have been the centre of romance rumours in recent weeks after reportedly being introduced last month.And as Maura jetted off on a lavish holiday to Paris in May, speculation abounded that the mystery man she was allegedly with was none other than the centre-forward.While their romance is unconfirmed, it appears the pair are becoming more relaxed in sharing that they are spending time together, as they both made the most of the sunny weather over the weekend by attending a barbecue.Both Maura and Connor shared photos from the relaxed gathering, and while neither featured in each other’s snaps, eagle-eyed fans noticed the pictures were taken in the same garden.Dancing On Ice star Maura shared snaps of the mouth-watering platter on display at the barbecue, featuring both meat and plant-based food, bread and cold pasta salad as they enjoyed a balmy 19 degrees.Also present at the barbecue was Maura’s pal Laura, who also posted photos of the food on offer and danced to a chair to traditional Irish music as Maura joked she was ‘definitely Irish.’Maura also let her hair down, showing off her goofy side as she danced to Michael Jackson’s hit Thriller, complete with the swinging zombie arms and march featured in the iconic music video.To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 videoWhile Maura and Connor are clearly spending time together, they’re far from Instagram official, having posted no photos together and Maura not updating fans on her relationship status.However The Sun reported
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No, Johnny Depp isn’t making $301,000,000 return to Pirates of the Caribbean
Johnny Depp has been linked to a shock return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise – but his spokesperson has poured cold water over the speculation.A recent report claimed that the actor – who has just landed in Paris for a new project – was gearing up to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow and was linked to a deal worth $301million.‘Disney are very interested in patching up their relationship with Johnny Depp,’ a source told Australian outlet PopTopic over the move, which comes shortly after he won his bombshell court case against ex-wife Amber Heard.‘They reached out to the actor prior to his defamation trial against Amber Heard and asked whether he would be interested in returning for another Pirates film or two.’The insider alleged that studio bosses had already sent across ‘a draft for a film’ for the character.However, his spokesperson told Metro.co.uk that there is nothing in the claims.Depp previously spoke about whether he would consider re-joining the action franchise after making his debut as Captain Jack Sparrow in 2003.Fans were first introduced to the character in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, with the films going on to gross a reported $4.5billion (£3.4bn) worldwide.He went on to reprise his role in sequels Dead Man’s Chest (2006), At World’s End (2007), On Stranger Tides (2011) and Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017), and reportedly earned $300million (£230m) in that time.The Edward Scissorhands star recently stated that ‘nothing on this earth’, not even ‘$300million and a million alpacas’ could entice him to return in another film, with Margot Robbie named as a possible replacement in the franchise.In 2018, Disney production chief Sean Bailey confirmed that Depp was no
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Kendall Jenner and Devin Booker all smiles on cosy Malibu outing amid split rumours
Kendall Jenner and Devin Booker couldn’t stop smiling as they enjoyed a low-key day out, amid split rumors.The model and Phoenix Suns basketball player – aka Kevin – were first linked in April, 2020, and have kept their romance firmly behind closed doors ever since.There has been intense speculation that they had gone their separate ways, but they seemed to laugh off the drama during a trip to Soho House.In new pictures obtained by TMZ, the pair could be seen giggling together as they enjoyed the sunshine in Malibu on Sunday, with questions over whether this means they are still dating, or secretly reunited.Kendall looked casual for the day out in an oversized blue shirt and white top, coupled with black sunglasses, while her former beau followed suit in a very similar outfit.While neither have spoken about a possible reunion, an eyewitness claimed that they looked ‘very cozy’ together.Kendall and Devin are still currently following each other on Instagram and have liked each other’s posts since split rumors surfaced, with the athlete publicly sharing his appreciation for the reality star’s recent naked sunbathing session.This comes after they were thought to have called time on their two-year romance, after intense discussions on their future.‘Kendall feels like they’re on different paths,’ a source told Entertainment Tonight of their ‘split’, while another said they ‘have had discussions about their future but they are not on the same page.’An insider also told E! that they had a great time at Kourtney Kardashian’s recent wedding to Travis Barker in Italy, but they ‘realized they have very different lifestyles’ once they returned.‘They both hope to make it work, but as of now, they are split,’ they added.EastEnders
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Katie Price ‘reported to police again after sending Kieran Hayler’s fiancee message and breaching restraining order’
Katie Price is said to have been reported to the police again for allegedly breaching her restraining order for a second time and sending a message to her ex Kieran Hayler’s fiancee.Just days ago, Price swerved jail after pleading guilty to breaching the restraining order, but Hayler has again got the police involved after Price allegedly sent a message to his fiancee Michelle Penticost through one of her children.Price shares her youngest children, Jett, eight, and Bunny, seven, with Hayler, with the pair sharing custody.A source said: ‘Kieran claims that Katie told one of their children to “tell Michelle she can’t send her to prison” – he spoke to police about it last week as he feels like this breaks the rules of the restraining order.’They added to The Sun: ‘He is so disappointed that Katie swerved jail again and, in his opinion, doesn’t seem to be taking the restraining order seriously.’Metro.co.uk understands from a rep for Hayler that the complaint is being dealt with by the police. Price was recently handed an 18-month community order to carry out 170 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to breaching her restraining order.Judge Stephen Mooney told Price: ‘In my judgement, this offence was committed out of anger.‘The words you used were highly offensive and inflammatory so the breach cannot be considered minor.‘In my judgement, balancing the aggravating and mitigating factors, the appropriate sentence is a medium-level community order.’Price showed no emotion as the verdict was announced but gave a brief smile as she left the dock.Later reacting to the verdict, Hayler and Penticost shared their disappointment.Price was accused of sending ex-husband Hayler a message on January 21, in which she branded his new
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Lorde declares: ‘F**k the Supreme Court’ and alters song during Glastonbury set after Roe v Wade overturned
decided to overturn the Roe v Wade decision from 50 years ago, putting an end to guaranteed abortion rights.Numerous people and celebrities have spoken out in horror against the ruling, including Viola Davis, Billie Eilish, Michelle Obama and Lizzo.Olivia Rodrigo shared a similar message during her performance, when she was joined onstage by Lily Allen for her song F**k You.‘Hello Glastonbury,’ Lily cried, before Olivia continued: ‘Today is a very, very special day. This is actually my first Glastonbury, and I’m sharing the stage with Lily which is the biggest dream come true ever.‘But I’m also equally as heartbroken.’Paul McCartney fans furious over late BBC livestream time of Glastonbury setDave Grohl appears to reveal Taylor Hawkins tattoo during surprise Glastonbury performanceWho is on the Glastonbury line-up today?She then went on to address Roe v Wade, saying: ‘I’m devastated and terrified and so many women and so many girls are going to die because of this.‘I wanted to dedicate this next song to the five members of the Supreme Court who have showed us that at the end of the day, they truly don’t give a s**t about freedom.‘This song goes out to the Justices.’The pair then went on to sing Lily’s song F*** You.Got a story?If you’ve got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us our Submit Stuff page – we’d love to hear from you.
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Kanye West makes surprise appearance at BET Awards to honour Diddy with his face completely hidden – and sneaks in Kim Kardashian joke
supports HTML5 videoKanye West mastered the art of going incognito after turning up to the BET Awards 2022 unannounced with his face completely hidden. The star-studded awards ceremony got underway at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday evening, with Taraji P Henson doing the honours of hosting the event, which celebrates Black excellence in music, TV, film, sport and showbiz. It was a particularly momentous night for hip hop mogul Diddy, who received the lifetime achievement award for his incredible impact on the culture, stemming back to the glory days of his label Bad Boy Records in the 1990s. Diddy, 52, was given another treat in the form of Kanye, 45, making a surprise appearance to present him with the award. But of course, it wouldn’t be Kanye if he didn’t claim some of the spotlight for himself. The All Of The Lights rapper arrived on stage in an all black outfit, consisting of a rustic hooded jacket, T-shirt, jeans, gloves and a mask that covered his entire head.To put the cherry on top, the rapper popped on a pair of sunglasses just in case the full face cover wasn’t dark enough. Introducing his peer to the stage, Kanye said: ‘How do we crown our kings? How do we appreciate our kings?’ Sharing an insight into his close friendship with Diddy, the rapper continued: ‘I go to him for advice to this day.
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Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong claims he’s ‘renouncing his citizenship’ following Roe vs Wade ruling: ‘There’s just too much stupid in this world’
Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong claimed he was ‘renouncing his citizenship’ following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs Wade.This week, it was announced that the Supreme Court in America had decided to overturn the Roe vs Wade decision from 50 years ago, putting an end to guaranteed abortion rights.Numerous people and celebrities have spoken out in horror against the ruling, including Viola Davis, Billie Eilish, Michelle Obama and Lizzo.During his concert on Friday in London, Armstrong proclaimed ‘F*** America’ and told the crowd he was going to move to the UK.‘F**k America. I’m f***ing renouncing my citizenship. I’m f**king coming here,’ Armstrong told the audience at his gig.‘There’s just too much f***ing stupid in the world to go back to that miserable f***ing excuse for a country.’He added: ‘Oh, I’m not kidding, you’re going to get a lot of me in the coming days.’ To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 videoThis isn’t the first time the Basket Case singer has used his concerts and platform to protest and proclaim his political views.He has previously called out former US President Donald Trump for ‘holding half the country hostage’ and has created a whole album, American Idiot, criticizing another former president, George W.
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Tom Parker’s widow Kelsey hosts first birthday party for daughter since The Wanted star’s death
Tom Parker’s widow Kelsey hosted her daughter Aurelia’s first birthday without her dad, after The Wanted star died earlier this year, following a battle with a stage four glioblastoma brain tumour.Tom died at the age of 33 in March after he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, in October 2020, and was given just 12 months to live by doctors.He and wife Kelsey shared two children, Aurelia, who celebrated her third birthday with a princess themed party, and Bodhi, one.Kelsey shared Aurelia’s party, fit for a princess, on Instagram, showing the adorable three-year-old in a pink party dress, posing with Disney princesses like Elsa and Rapunzel, and belting out some tunes into a microphone.One picture showed Kelsey holding her daughter, as they both donned matching pink dresses, while Aurelia paired hers with a cute matching bow.Celebrating Aurelia’s birthday at the party, and offering their support to Kelsey who was hosting the first birthday without her husband, were EastEnders star Louisa Lytton and Grammy nominated Ruth-Anne.The party follows Kelsey recently opening up about Father’s Day, saying she is determined to make it a ‘celebration’ for her children.Ahead of the day last weekend, Kelsey said: ‘Aurelia’s nursery school has asked me about making cards and they said, “We know she will be able to cope with making a card,” and she talks about her dad to them, so I’m more than happy for her to make a card for her dad.’She added to OK!: ‘In years to come I think it will get harder for the children. This year where they’re young and they don’t really understand it, in years to come we will make it a celebration.‘It will be hard for me, but for the children I don’t think it will be as hard this year.
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Megan Thee Stallion blasts ‘really embarrassing’ hometown Texas at Glastonbury after Roe vs Wade ruling
Megan Thee Stallion blasted the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe vs Wade during her Glastonbury set on Saturday evening.This week, it was announced that the Supreme Court in America had decided to overturn the Roe vs Wade decision from 50 years ago, putting an end to guaranteed abortion rights.Numerous people and celebrities have spoken out in horror against the ruling, including Viola Davis, Billie Eilish, Michelle Obama and Lizzo.During her incredible set, Megan paused between songs to address the ruling.‘You guys know it wouldn’t be me if I don’t take a second to call out these stupid damn men, I mean God damn, what else do you want?’ she said.‘Texas is really embarrassing me right now,’ she said of her home state.The Hot Girl Summer rapper added: ‘That’s my home state, and I want to have it on the record that the m*****f***ing hot boys and hot girls do not support this b******* that you’re campaigning for.‘My body my m*****f***ing choice,’ she concluded, asking the crowd to repeat the sentiment.‘Let’s put all our middle fingers up right now.’Texas’ Republican Governor Greg Abbott has celebrated the high court allowing states ‘to protect the lives of all unborn babies in America’.
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England football star Harry Maguire marries childhood sweetheart Fern Hawkins in romantic wedding ceremony in France
football star Harry Maguire has tied the knot, marrying his childhood sweetheart in a lavish ceremony held in France.Harry and Fern Hawkins, who have dated since they were teenagers, held their nuptials in a luxury chateau, with the romantic affair attended family and friends, having previously had a private ceremony at a registry office to exchange their vows earlier this year.The couple, who are 29 and 27 respectively, celebrated at the historic Chateau Varennes, which was once named one of the top 10 wedding venues in the world.Harry shared a picture on Instagram of him kissing Fern after saying ‘I do’, writing their wedding date in the caption while adding: ‘A day I’ll never forget.’The bride wore a stunning off-the-shoulder gown, with her hair styled in a loose, tousled do with an elegant veil attached.Numerous people have wished the couple congratulations, including Towie star Samantha Faiers and footballers Jacob Mellis and Danny Drinkwater.According to The Mirror, the couple wrote some of their own vows, and began their celebrations with cocktails among their loved ones on Friday evening.The festivities are set to continue throughout the weekend, with a pool party planned for Sunday before they return to the UK.‘Harry wanted everything to be perfect for their big day,’ a source said.
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Jennifer Aniston honours her dad as she presents him with Daytime Emmys Lifetime Achievement award
Jennifer Aniston honoured her father, John Aniston, as she presented him with an award at the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday night.The Friends actress appeared virtually to award her 88-year-old father with a Lifetime Achievement award for his 38-year portrayal on Days of Our Lives as Victor Kiriakis.His soap co-star, Suzanne Rogers, introduced the award before Jennifer was shown praising her father, saying: ‘This is a truly special moment for me.’She continued: ‘It’s an opportunity to not only pay tribute to a true icon in the daytime television world, but it’s also a chance to recognize the lifelong achievements of a great and well-respected actor, who also happens to be my dad.‘John Aniston has been working in television consistently for over half a century,’ she added, highlighting his role as Victor since 1985.‘You name it, I’m sure he’s been on it,’ she said, noting all the projects and soap operas her father has been on.The only thing better than winning the #DaytimeEmmys Lifetime Achievement Award is having it presented to you by your daughter, Jennifer Aniston.â¤ï¸Congratulations John Aniston! pic.twitter.com/IjNGc3UE4r‘For over 30 years, his dedication to that show has gained him respect and admiration of his fellow actors, deep friendships and thrilled millions of fans around the world.‘His career is literally the definition of lifetime achievement,’ she concluded.Suzanne finished by thanking the academy and John’s loved ones on his behalf, as he was not there in person.‘Thank you for this, and John I wish you were here.’Chelsea owner meets Man Utd superstar's agent to discuss stunning transferWoman claimed she was bed-ridden to con more than £620,000 out of councilUkrainians joining Warsaw Pride
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