Master P is turning his family’s heartbreaking loss into a mission. On Friday, the 52-year-old rapper sat down with Gayle King for CBS Morning to open up about his daughter, Tytyana Miller’s, death by drug overdose and share how he is working to spread awareness on mental illness and substance abuse.
Tytyana had been battling addiction for nearly a decade and shared her struggles while starring on Growing Up Hip Hop with her father and brother, Romeo Miller. In May, she lost her battle to an accidental overdose. She was 29.
“It’s hard. Coming from poverty, you would think that you would outlive your kids and that was the mission,” Master P, born Percy Robert Miller Sr., told King. “I feel like, going to my daughter’s funeral, I went to my own funeral.”
The former actress was one of Master P’s nine children, eight of whom he shared with Sonya C, including Romeo, 32, Itali, 23, Inty, 29, Vercy, 30, Hercy, 20, and Mercy, 16. The music mogul is also a dad to 25-year-old daughter Cymphonique from a previous relationship.
The rapper revealed that he received the news of Tytyana’s death from one of his other daughters, describing it as the “worst call a parent could get.”
“My sympathies go out to everybody who lost a child,” the father of nine said. “I said, ‘I’m gonna turn my pain into passion and I’m gonna turn it into a purpose because I can’t get my daughter back.’ I love her and think about her every day, and it took me and my family to go through something that I just can’t stop thinking about but I realize that I have to get out here and help and save other kids.”
He shared how Tytyana resolved to better herself, having just gotten out of rehab and attempting to remain on “the right track.” He revealed that the 29-year-old had even been writing a book.
“I feel like I could have done more. But you never know,” he admitted, adding that the family had been hopeful for Tytyana’s journey after nine years of battling her addiction. “My daughter had a lot of life left in her. She was a happy woman that knew that tomorrow she could do something better.”
The experience has taught Master P and his family a lot of lessons, with the most prominent being to love wholeheartedly at the moment. “My thing is anybody that’s watching this, love your loved ones while they are here because once you walk out that door you never know who is coming back,” he advised.
“We look at mental illness and substance abuse — it’s serious and affects everyone,” the rapper continued. “Just a little dose of fentanyl can take your life, destroy a family. A mother on the news today talked about her son being a good kid and he went left one time and bought a pill and he killed himself.”
He added that the crux of the situation is that he understands how parents want better for their children than they experienced. He touched on how he sees his children, especially his son Romeo, as heroes who can change the next generation.
“When I got that phone call I realized my daughter is never coming back, and that is the heartbreaking thing about this,” he said. “I said, ‘Let me team up with these organizations and doctors.’ I want to help people that look like us. We want to bring awareness to [mental illness and substance abuse]. My whole purpose is to get out here and help and save millions.”
Master P had one golden nugget of advice for struggling families: “Talk about it. Don’t hold this a secret. When you talk about mental illness and substance abuse, people don’t want to say, ‘This happened to my kids.’ But this is happening to all of us.”
Watch Master P’s full interview below.
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‘Purple Hearts’ star Sofia Carson and director defend Netflix film after backlash
The numbers don’t lie. Currently in its second week, Netflix’s “Purple Hearts” has been watched for more than 100 million hours. The drama, starring Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine, follows a liberal musician who agrees to marry a Marine in order to get health insurance.
While the movie has become a huge hit on the streaming giant, it has also faced criticism about misogynistic and racist themes; during one scene, a Marine makes a toast and says, “This one is to life, love and hunting down some goddamn Arabs, baby!” While Carson’s Cassie calls him out before storming off, Galitzine’s Luke brushes it off and it’s soon forgotten, as are his more conservative views she was once unhappy about.
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Although director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum has focused on the positive reactions to the film, she has seen the criticism.
“I hope that people understand that in order for characters to grow, they need to be flawed in the beginning. So we very much intentionally created two characters that had been bred to hate each other,” she tells Variety. “They are flawed at the beginning and that was intentional. In order for the red heart and the blue heart to kind of turn purple, you have to have them be kind of extreme. Some of the people that they’re surrounded with are even more flawed than they are.”
“They both have been neglected by the system; he’s hurt in a war that doesn’t seem to be ending and she’s slipping through the cracks of the healthcare system,” she continued. “So they’re both neglected by the system, and then they live under one roof, and in these extreme circumstances, they learn to become more moderate and to listen to each other and to love.”
She adds that the country is “very flawed” at the moment, which they wanted to present in the film.
“That was the biggest, most important part of the theme,” says Rosenbaum. “I do hope that anyone who’s in any way insulted by it understands that our intentions are very pure, and it’s because we feel like people need to grow and need to start to become more moderate.”
“Why I fell in love with the movie is that it’s a love story but it’s so much more than that,” Carson, who is an executive producer on the movie, adds. “It’s two hearts, one red, one blue, two worlds apart, who are really raised to hate each other. Through the power of love, they learn to lead with empathy and compassion and love each other and turn into this beautiful shade of purple. We wanted to represent both sides as accurately as possible. What I think I’ve learned to do as an artist is separate myself from all of that and just listen to what the world is feeling and reacting to with the film. That has been so beautifully overwhelming and so many people have felt seen or are comforted by this movie. That’s all we could want filmmakers and as artists.”
On the other hand, the film has been praised for positively portraying what it’s like to live with Type 1 Diabetes, something Rosenbaum and Carson worked on with Laura Pavlakovich, the founder of the nonprofit You’re Just My Type, and Dr. Michael Metzger, who was a medical consultant on set.
Additionally, with such a small budget, they couldn’t afford the insulin pump so they brought in a Medtronic consultant, who ended up being the one in the scene administering the pump for the first time.
“We all felt so emotional when she finally got the pump because it makes it makes your life different,” Rosenbaum says. “We both felt like it was a massive part of the story and and a cool responsibility to be able to shed some light on it. But every time we talk ahead of time to anyone who has Type 1 Diabetes, they were just so grateful because usually it’s like, been a weakness for a character in movies, and oftentimes, they’ll die from it. If you look at ‘Steel Magnolias,’ and those are beautiful stories too, but it was great to have to watch someone strong and try to overcome that.”
Carson noted that Rosenbaum “set the tone” on the movie to make sure it was led with honesty. “The more that we learned about diabetes, the more that we wanted to really represent what it means to be a Type 1 Diabetic in 2022 in the United States, as accurately and as vulnerably as possible,” she says. “Working with Laura, meeting with doctors and doing my research about what they face every single day to literally survive — to sacrifice everything they have to get the insulin they need to wake up the next day — is devastatingly unfair.”
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Halle Berry’s Boyfriend Van Hunt Celebrates Her Birthday With Sweet Message: ‘Love You With Everything I Got’
Halle Berry is feeling the love from her man, Van Hunt, on her birthday! On Sunday, the musician took to Instagram to celebrate the actress on her 56th birthday.
“hi, baby. it’s ur bday, and against ur wishes i am screaming it to the mountaintops and celebrating with the world the wonderful, loving, funny, and life-giving force you are,” the “Seconds of Pleasure” singer wrote.
“(H)appy (B)irthday, boo. i love you with everything i got. @halleberry.” Next to the sweet message was a series of pictures of the birthday girl, playing with filters and posing for the camera. Berry didn’t comment on the post. However, the John Wick actress did like her man’s post.
Hunt, 52, and Berry aren’t shy when it comes to celebrating their love. The pair, who marked their 2-year-anniversary in April, often celebrate each other on social media.
In June, Berry celebrated her man on Father’s Day. “Here’s to flyest dad I know! Happy Father’s Day VanO and to all the other hard working, loving, fly dads out there ❤️,” she wrote next to a picture of her and the “Dust” singer walking hand in hand with drinks.
A month prior, Berry gave the musician a shout out following an article that celebrated his music. “that moment when you stumble upon an article that reminds you that you’re in love with a musical genius! 🌪 @vanhunt The Fun Rises, the Fun Sets,” she captioned the intimate picture.
In March, Berry celebrated her man’s birthday in a special outfit. “HERE’S TO MY ONE AND ONLY! Happy Birthday VanO,” her message read next to a picture of her rocking nothing but a T-shirt with Hunt’s name on it.
“It’s no wonder your birthday and International Women’s Day are one and the same. There is no one I know who believes in, supports and uplifts women more than you. May this year bring back to you all the love and joy you give! I Love you ❤️ @vanhunt.”
In 2021, the Bruised actress spoke to ET about how happy she is to have the fans support her, now that “the right one finally showed up.
“That makes me feel good too,” she said. “I feel like a lot of the public has gone on this journey with me, whether I like it or not, and my stuff has been out in the world,” she said. “So it’s nice now to be in this place and I think maybe people are celebrating that for me.”
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Maddie Ziegler Got Real About “Dance Moms” And Said The Show Set Her Up For “Failure”
Maddie Ziegler’s made a solid career for herself over the years, but you first met her on Dance Moms, which she appeared on for six seasons starting in 2011.
Obviously, reality TV isn’t always as “real” as it’s made out to be, so it’s possible you watched Maddie on the show and have some potentially incorrect assumptions about who she is and how she behaves.
In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, Maddie opened up about her experience on Dance Moms, as well as how her behavior was seemingly dictated by the show’s producers.
Maddie explained that, although she might have appeared to act entitled on the show, ultimately, the producers encouraged her to behave in a certain way.
“People thought I was a brat because in all my interviews I would say, ‘I’m the best. I know I’m going to win,'” she told the publication.
“But that’s because the producer was telling me to say that,” she admitted.
Maddie continued to explain that how she acted on the show was not how she was in real life — and that she felt like the show engineered a situation where she would be misrepresented on TV.
“I don’t think I’m better than everyone else,” she said. “I was just doing whatever they told me to do because I thought that’s what you did.”
“They set you up for failure.”
Read the entire interview with Maddie here.
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