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Gisele Bundchen gave an exclusive interview to People Magazine this week. I think the point of it was her new sponsorship – she’s the Wellness Ambassador for Gaia Herbs, so much of the conversation is about wellness and how she’s very centered and healthy one year after her divorce from Tom Brady. Gisele moved on quickly, probably because the divorce was her idea. She and Tom worked out everything very quickly and quietly with a private judge and Gisele has never looked back. She talks about that and more with People Magazine, plus she brags about her alcohol-free and caffeine-free lifestyle. I’ve been alcohol-free for many years, but I would truly die if I tried to go caffeine-free. Some highlights:

Homeschooling her kids for several years: With the pandemic, Bündchen transitioned to homeschooling her son Ben, 13, and daughter Vivian, 10, with ex-husband, retired football icon Tom Brady. She also dealt with uprooting the family to move to Tampa Bay, Fla., for Brady’s final seasons of football before settling down in Miami after finalizing their divorce last October. In the background, she was also privately dealing with two ailing parents. “It’s been very tough on my family. It’s been a lot — in every area of my life,” she says. “I feel like whenever it rains, it pours. With all the different twists and turns that life takes, all we can do is the best we can given what happens in our surroundings.”

Giving up alcohol: “Right after I turned 40, actually, I felt a huge difference between when I had the glass of wine and when I didn’t have the glass of wine. It’s socially accepted to have a glass of wine. And people even say, ‘Oh, it’s healthy for you.’ Well, it is not healthy for me. If you want to ask of your body what I ask of my body, which is a lot, I can’t be having all these things (alcohol, caffeine) because they add up… I became more clear [after I stopped]. I felt a bit more foggy before. Now I’m very sharp and very present and I notice things that I didn’t notice before. When I’m not drinking, I’m sleeping much better. You have to be loving to yourself. You ask a lot of your body, you’ve got to do a reset. You have got to take care of this only vehicle you got, right?”

The importance of self-care: “No one is going to do it for you. The only person that’s going to make those choices is you. Because ultimately, you’re the first person who’s going to be impacted by it. But then, it’s your children, it’s your husband, it’s your family. You got to put the oxygen mask on you first…. It’s not a selfish thing. People have been teaching us that it’s selfish if you take care of you. How is that selfish? When you feel good, you’re a better mom, you’re a better friend, you’re calmer, you’re more patient, you’re more loving, you’re more grounded. So you can’t feel guilty about prioritizing yourself. Because that’s loving you and loving the people you love the most, which are going to be impacted by how well you are. Because if you’re sick, everyone’s hurts.”

Her kids are enrolled in school in Miami now: “They’re getting to know friends in school. They like it. It’s just all new. But they’re really liking it and they’re getting into their things,” Bündchen says. Vivi, 10, has joined the school swim team and Benny, 13, has been playing football for the first time. (He’s No. 12, just like his dad.) “He just started. I just feel so proud of them. They’re so loving. They’re growing up to be just so thoughtful and considerate of others.”

Vivi is into horse jumping. “She’s like, ‘Mom, I’m going to be a professional horseback rider.’ That’s all she wants to do. When I was getting into it, people were like, ‘Gisele, get out while you can.’ I was like, ‘I don’t think I can get out. She’s obsessed.’” Bündchen recently purchased a horse farm where Vivi can ride her horse, Item, in privacy, but she says she puts her foot down when her daughter asks for another. “Now she’s already trying to get other horses. she’s already like, ‘Mom. They told me I have to have a new horse to jump higher.’ I’m like, ‘You’re 10, calm down.’ Her horse jumps like a meter 20. ‘You’re going to be fine.’ I think it’s fine where you’re jumping right now.’ But she’s so courageous.”

[From People]

Vivienne begging her mom for a second horse after Gisele literally purchased a horse farm so Vivi can ride in peace? The rich really do not live like us. There’s a huge horse culture in Florida though, a whole competitive jumper/rider community where professionals train together and have affairs and such. Just ask Athina Onassis. As for the drinking thing – she’s right about not feeling foggy, and once you stop drinking completely, you realize how often you’ve been operating with a lowkey hangover and how often your sleep cycles have been affected by alcohol. There’s a period of adjustment too, where you’re like “wait, how am I supposed to get to sleep without a nightcap?” You’d be surprised by how quickly your body adjusts though.

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The Week in Drag – Trixie’s drag lesson, Morgan takes on Kylie, Honey’s legendary new collab and more – Socialite Life

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Hello, hello, hello! We’ve got a short set of links for you this week because yours truly is taking a long-awaited vacation.

We’re eagerly anticipating the return of Drag Race UK and until then, if you haven’t checked out the German, Mexican, and Brazilian series, tune in on WOW Presents Plus.

This week, we got a lesson in Drag 101 from Trixie, we caught up with Canada’s Drag Race season one champion Priyanka, and get a rating of every Drag Race queen-testant from Bob and Monét. Let’s get this party started and let’s bring it to the runway!  

If you’ve ever been curious about giving drag a try, this video is must-see. Trixie helps you get started with tips, tales and makeup essentials.

All-Star Morgan McMichaels takes on drag protestors (and other blights on society like Karens and flat-earthers) in her parody of Kylie Minogue’s “Padam Padam.” Enjoy “Urdum Urdum.”

Worried about the Sriracha shortage? Worry not, as there are a lot of dupes on the market and Rock M Sakura and Queen of the Universe’s Militia Scunt taste them all and tell you which one will satisfy your spicy cravings.

We haven’t seen much of Kimora Blac lately, but, thankfully, this gorgeous queen is back with a new GRWM video. This time she showcases products from Makeup By Mario, Anastasia Beverly Hills and Huda Beauty.

Bob and Monét have made it their mission on their “Sibling Rivalry” series to talk about every single US Ru girl, from Victoria Porkchop Parker to Sasha Colby. Here’s part one.

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Priyanka recreates her season one Canada’s Drag Race promo look with a stunning glow-up.

It always seems like Trixie and Katya spin-off on random topics on “UNHhhh” but their compilations of the most random, unhinged moments are my favorite episodes – and this one is certainly no exception.

Well, told you it was a quick update! We have interviews with Honey Davenport and Alaska heading your way so stay tuned. We’ll leave you with Honey and Alaska’s fierce musical collab, “Mighty Legendary.” Until next week, stay safe, stay healthy, support the queens and say LOVE!  


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Usher to headline Super Bowl LVIII halftime show – Socialite Life

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Usher will be the halftime performer for the Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show in Las Vegas on Feb. 11, 2024. The eight-time Grammy Award winner headlines the halftime show for the first time in his illustrious career, and it will be seen on CBS and will stream on Paramount+.

“It’s an honor of a lifetime to finally check a Super Bowl performance off my bucket list. I can’t wait to bring the world a show unlike anything else they’ve seen from me before,” Usher said in a statement. “Thank you to the fans and everyone who made this opportunity happen. I’ll see you real soon.”

Usher has had a residency in Las Vegas since 2021. There are no further details about what songs Usher will perform or if any other artists will join him.

Usher attends the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 12, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

Usher has previously appeared on the halftime show as a guest in Super Bowl XLV that The Black Eyed Peas headlined. He told Access Hollywood earlier this year that he’d “be a fool” to turn down the halftime show if offered.

“I think I have a catalog that obviously speaks for itself, so to be able to celebrate on that day, it’s obviously about football, but everybody really anticipates the performance,” Usher said. Seeing Michael Jackson perform and recently seeing Snoop [Dogg] and [Dr.] Dre … seeing so many incredible performances like Prince… it has always been kind of a bucket list.”

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Usher attends The 2023 Met Gala Celebrating “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 01, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

Jay-Z handpicked Usher for the performance. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation has executive produced the show since partnering with the NFL in 2019.

“Usher is the ultimate artist and showman. Ever since his debut at the age of 15, he’s been charting his own unique course. Beyond his flawless singing and exceptional choreography, Usher bares his soul,” Jay-Z said in a statement. “His remarkable journey has propelled him to one of the grandest stages in the world. I can’t wait to see the magic.”

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Usher attends the 2022 Beloved Benefit at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 07, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images)

The first halftime involving Roc Nation was Super Bowl LIV which featured Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, and Emme Muniz. The Weeknd followed, with Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J. Blige headlining the L.A. Super Bowl following the 2021 season. Rihanna performed at halftime of Super Bowl LVII.

Last year’s Super Bowl halftime performance by Rihanna was also the first sponsored by Apple Music.


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Gisele Bündchen opens up about contemplating suicide as a young model – Socialite Life

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Gisele Bundchen has admitted that she struggled with her mental health at the height of her modeling career and even contemplated taking her own life.

The Brazilian supermodel, 43, opened up about having suicidal thoughts and feeling panicked during the height of her career on CBS’ Sunday Morning.

“I was in tunnels; I couldn’t breathe. And then, I started being in studios, and I felt, like, suffocated,” she said.

Bündchen recalled one particular moment of difficulty. “I lived on the ninth floor, and I had to go up the stairs because I was afraid I would be stuck on the elevator, and I’d be hyperventilating. … Because you know, when you can’t breathe even when the windows are open, you feel like, ‘I don’t want to live like this,’ ” the model said.

Gisele Bundchen arrives for the 2018 Met Gala on May 7, 2018, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

When CBS host Lee Cowan asked if Bündchen ever thought about jumping from her floor, she said, “Yeah. For a second, because you’re like, ‘I can’t (do this)!’”

To cope with the pressure during her earlier career, Bündchen said she started to view herself as “her,” the persona modeling agencies hired, and “Gisele,” her real personality.

“They weren’t hiring Gisele; they didn’t even know me,” she said. “They just liked the way I looked and they liked the way my body looked in clothes. … And now, I get to be me.”

Alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine contributed to her stress at the time, things she eventually reduced or quit.

Bündchen added: “I just think now I’m allowing myself to come out as Gisele versus as ‘her. I don’t have to play a character. I can be me. And that’s liberating.”

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Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen arrives for the 2023 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2023, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2023 theme is “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty.” (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Today, the Brazillian model says she’s happy to have taken a backseat from the fashion industry. “Before I was more surviving, and now I’m living, which is different,” she said.

Bündchen previously discussed contemplating suicide and struggling with panic attacks in her 2018 memoir Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life.

“Things can be looking perfect on the outside, but you have no idea what’s really going on,” the supermodel told People in an interview at the time. “I felt like maybe it was time to share some of my vulnerabilities and it made me realize, everything I’ve lived through, I would never change because I think I am who I am because of those experiences.”

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.


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