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The Buzz Cut: Sia Announces Battling Neurological, Chronic Pain Disorder

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Oct 5, 2019

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In The Buzz Cutwe bring you a round-up of all the weird, controversial, and wonderful stories we’ve been reading all week.


Australian singer-songwriter Sia announced on Twitter that she’s living with a neurological disease called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which involves chronic pain.”Pain is demoralizing, and you’re not alone,” she tweeted.

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Robert De Niro’s former assistant is suing the actor for $12 million in a counter-suit alleging De Niro discriminated against her because of her gender and subjected her to abusive comments for 11 years. De Niro filed a lawsuit against her for embezzlement earlier this year.

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Marie Benoliel, a 28-year-old gate-crasher climbed on to the catwalk of a Chanel fashion show this week, only to be determinedly marched off by supermodel Gigi Hadid. In a New York Times profile, Benoliel said she did it “to have fun.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow seems to be a little rusty on all the absurd products her multi-million wellness empire, Goop, markets to its consumers. When Jimmy Kimmel brought up some of its more eccentric products — a Bart Simpson dildo, a water bottle with an amethyst inside, bottles of camel milk — Paltrow seemed stumped. As are Goop customers, most likely.

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Julie Delpy, the actress who played the 20-, 30-, and 40-year-old Christine in the Before trilogy, said she was only paid one-tenth of what her co-star Ethan Hawke made for the first movie (Before Sunrise) and half of what he did for the second (Before Sunset). In a Variety profile, she said she threatened to walk away from the third (Before Midnight) if she wasn’t paid the same as Hawke — a move that ultimately won her pay parity.

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Gay Tumblr, with its abundance of queer make-out gifs, is dead. The crowd, mostly 16-24 years old, has moved over to the embattled video app, Tik Tok. With only 48% of that group identifying as purely heterosexual, queer Gen Z-ers are populating Tik Tok, and it can only be a glorious thing.

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How does an older woman dating a younger man deal with all the social pressures and beauty norms society imposes on her? Is her inner voice stronger, harsher than anything a youth-obsessed society can throw at her? A haunting personal essay answers these, busting one of the greatest myth-advice people tell insecure women — “You don’t have to love yourself before someone else can. That’s bullshit.”

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The British tabloids have not been kind to Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex — from constantly speculating about her relationship with her estranged father Thomas Markle to portraying her in what Markle’s husband, Prince Harry called “racial overtones.” The Mail recently published a handwritten letter she had written to her father, without Markle’s permission, which was the final straw — calling it “relentless propaganda,” Prince Harry compared the tabloids’ treatment of Markle to their treatment of his deceased mother, Princess Diana, and filed a lawsuit against the press in a highly unusual move.

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The peach emoji is often used to signify the butt — but artist Lizzo has different plans for it. In a viral tweet, amidst news of impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Donald Trump, Lizzo has repurposed the emoji — im *peach* ment.

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An “unsuspecting Christain couple” in Indiana adopted a baby girl. They then alleged the baby girl was actually a 22-year-old woman whom they called a psychopath. What’s the real story?

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Written By Rajvi Desai

Rajvi Desai is The Swaddle’s Culture Editor. After graduating from NYU as a Journalism and Politics major, she covered breaking news in New York City. Back in the homeland, she spends her free time trying to dismantle societal beauty standards, laughing uproariously at comedy shows, and fervently following her football team, Arsenal.

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