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Shania Twain Shares What’s Different About Her Voice Since Surgery

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Shania Twain says she was “petrified” about making a sound following her open-throat surgery just over a decade ago. Her fear, however, immediately dissipated when she made the first sound. Suddenly, she was excited. And just like that, some things got easier for the iconic singer.

In an interview with InStyle, the “Any Man of Mine” songstress recalled the fears that washed over her at the thought of having open-throat surgery (twice) in 2011, triggered by nerve damage as a result of Lyme disease, which she contracted in 2003 while horseback riding.

The singer said that “for six or seven years” she saw doctors and nobody could figure out why her voice was changing and fading. Finally, a doctor made the connection to Lyme disease.

“After I had the surgery, I was petrified to make a sound. I didn’t know what was going to come out,” she told the women’s fashion magazine. “It did scare me, but I just had to take a leap and make a sound. And I was so excited about what came out. It was a connection to the vocal cords and it came out very easily. I was really, really, really excited.”

Twain shared that it was actually her friends Gladys Knight and Lionel Richie who encouraged her to sing again. And, when she did, Twain realized some things became easier to do.

“It’s easier for me to make loud sounds than it is to make soft sounds,” she said. “When the air is dry, it’s harder to get that resonance. When I’m loud, it happens, which was the opposite problem before I got the surgery.”

Something else changed, too. Twain’s ability to let things be.

“I’m just not as worried as I was when I was younger. I’m a professional. I want things to be great. I want to be as perfect as I can be as a professional, but I’m not a perfect person,” she said. “I sound different. I look different and I’m OK with that. I’m fearless in that way and that motivates me.”

Back in September, Twain opened up to ET about how music got her through her darkest times, from her health struggles to her 2010 divorce from Robert “Mutt” Lange, all of which was covered in her Netflix documentary, Not Just a Girl.

“Anywhere where there was a personal crisis that created a shift in my career was included as part of that explanation,” she shared. “The obvious ones being, first of all, the poverty in my life, which was really a huge part of my musical development and how that developed in my life, and also being very isolated with that… The death of my parents, which was a crossroads of, ‘Do I quit altogether, get a real job, then be able to feed the kids and survive?'”

“The next one was losing my voice through… getting a divorce,” Twain added. “… They were sort of happening simultaneously, both very devastating, obviously, to my career, both directly affecting my career and the changes and the directions it would take.”

 

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Brenda Song and Macaulay Culkin Secretly Welcome Baby No. 2: Report

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Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song are now a family of four. 

The couple quietly welcomed a second son, Carson, around Christmas last year, Us Weekly reports.

The former Disney actress and the Home Alone star’s new bundle of joy joins his older brother, Dakota, who was born in April 2021. Dakota was named in honor of Culkin’s sister, who died in 2008. 

Culkin, 42, and Song, 34, worked together on the set of Changeland in Thailand, and have been together for nearly four years now. Culkin first spoke about his desire to have kids with the former Disney star someday in an interview on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast back in August 2018.

“I’m gonna make some babies,” Culkin said, when asked if he wants children. “This one’s a good one, so I’m probably going to put some babies in her in a little bit. I mean, we’ve definitely been practicing.”

“This one, I’m going to have some pretty babies. She’s Asian, so I’m gonna have tiny, little Asian babies. It’s going to be adorable — a bunch of Sean Lennons running around the house, that’s what I’m looking for,” he added, referencing the son of the late John Lennon and Yoko Ono. 

The baby news comes one year after the longtime couple got engaged to be married.

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Gossip Blogger Tasha K Lost Her Appeal Against Cardi B And Said She’s Now Looking For Part-Time Jobs To Pay Off The $4 Million She Owes

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BuzzFeed News has contacted Kebe and Cardi B for comment but did not receive a response before deadline.

The lawsuit, first filed in 2019 by Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almánzar, came in response to several defamatory comments Kebe made online and in her videos for her YouTube channel, UnWineWithTashaK.  

Kebe made spurious claims about the rapper, including that she had performed a sex act with a bottle, had been unfaithful to her husband, rapper Offset, and had contracted herpes.

In her appeal to the initial ruling, Kebe claimed that the jury was presented with “lopsided” evidence. In October, Kebe was ordered by a judge to either pay up or secure a bond while her appeal was being considered. 

Despite initially vowing to fight the ruling “all the way to the supreme court if need be,” the 41-year-old appeared to concede with the latest outcome and uploaded an edited photo of herself dressed in a McDonald’s uniform along with the caption #TashaKGetsAJOB.

“I will let y’all [know] what Part-Time gig I get so I can pay off this damn debt. #iaintgotit but I’m gonna get it,” Kebe wrote. 

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SEC charges Lindsay Lohan, Jake Paul and other celebs with crypto violations

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The Securities and Exchange Commission has unveiled fraud and unregistered securities charges against crypto founder and Grenadian diplomat Justin Sun, alongside separate violations against the celebrity backers of his Tronix and BitTorrent crypto assets, which included Jake Paul, Lindsay Lohan and Soulja Boy.

The SEC alleged that Sun engaged in fraud by manipulating the trading activity of the two tokens, creating the appearance of active trading when it did not exist. The unregistered offer and sale charges, on the other hand, are similar to charges the SEC has unveiled against other crypto offerings and exchanges, including Genesis, Gemini and Do Kwon’s Terraform Labs.

“This case demonstrates again the high risk investors face when crypto asset securities are offered and sold without proper disclosure,” said SEC Chair Gary Gensler.

Sun allegedly induced investors to purchase TRX and BTT tokens by “orchestrating a promotional campaign in which he and his celebrity promoters hid the fact that the celebrities were paid for their tweet,” Gensler said in a statement.

The eight celebrities and influencers were:

  • actor Lindsay Lohan
  • social-media personality Jake Paul
  • musician DeAndre Cortez Way, also known as Soulja Boy
  • musician Austin Mahone
  • adult actress Michele Mason, known as Kendra Lust
  • musician Miles Parks McCollum, known as Lil Yachty
  • musician Shaffer Smith, also known as Ne-Yo
  • musician Aliaune Thiam, also known as Akon

All except for Soulja Boy and Mahone agreed to pay a collective $400,000 in disgorgement, interest and penalties to settle the charges. The settlements were not an admittance or denial of guilt.

Those celebrity backers would promote the TRX and BTT tokens on social media and recruited others to Tron-affiliated Telegram and Discord channels.

Tron and his backers’ alleged behavior was part of an “age-old playbook to mislead and harm investors,” SEC enforcement chief Gurbir Grewal said in a statement.

“At the same time, Sun paid celebrities with millions of social media followers to tout the unregistered offerings, while specifically directing that they not disclose their compensation. This is the very conduct that the federal securities laws were designed to protect against regardless of the labels Sun and others used,” Grewal said.

A spokesperson for Lohan told NBC News on March 22 that the actor was “unaware of the disclosure requirement” until she was contacted by officials.

“She agreed to pay a fine to resolve the matter,” the spokesperson said.

Sun’s representative at Tron did not immediately return a request for comment. Jake Paul’s representatives declined to comment.

This story first appeared on CNBC.com.

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