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‘We share a lot of the same defects.’
“A lot of the times, the parent is just as sick as the kid, if not more sick.”
by Abby Fender
When Mike Ness founded the band Social Distortion some 35 years ago, he revolutionized punk rock music. Many fans love his distinct and powerful voice and will tell you that he is a symbol of strength and courage to them; his songs are their anthems and his lyrics are their prayers.
For Ness, now 52, music afforded him amazing opportunities, including playing with fellow rock legend, Bruce Springsteen. But, success does have its price, and it is safe to say, Ness has paid in more ways than one. When he was kicked out of home at 15-years old, Ness turned to music, rock, drugs and rebellion, eventually leading to a serious heroin addiction that left him shooting up on the streets of Hollywood.
Ness was able to get sober, only to find himself confronting the same issues many years later when his oldest son Julian, now 23, became addicted to drugs.
Here is how their family has survived and thrived, despite addiction.
Renew: Having a baby when you’re an addict is scary, wondering if you’ll pass your disease along. To make fatherhood even more frightening, you had already lost a child, Mike. What was it like, becoming a father amid all of those fears?
MN: “Well, we had a lot of obstacles, because when Julian was born. His mother and I were not together, and I had just recently buried a baby, who died. She was born with cancer and then it went into remission. When she was four, it came back, and she passed away. [Julian’s] mother and I were not in love when Julian was born. We had kind of done things backwards, but as time went on, I became a part of their life. I started coming around when Julian was three… His mom had devoted her life to him. They lived in this really cozy apartment, and I started realizing how good that felt, and how much I really wanted that. Eventually, I moved down, and we became a family.”
Renew: “So Julian, what’s your earliest memory of your dad? Your best memory?”
JN: “It would have to be when I was about three or four…”
MN: “I think you were three. We used to go to this car show up in Paso Robles. They shut down the whole town and they have a parade. Julian was in the front seat, and he would wave and I remember all of the townspeople and Julian waving saying, ‘hi people, hi little baby’.”
Renew: Julian, your dad got sober before he had you, but you still became an addict. When did you begin using?
JN: “Sometimes, I go back and forth, because I feel like I was an alcoholic addict before I even touched drugs, and other times I feel like it was adolescence. I think it was ego. I didn’t want to go to school. I didn’t want to get good grades. I felt like it was lame. I wanted to skateboard and surf, so, that’s what I did, and my grades started to go down.
We were having some issues at our house. There was a lot of tension between my dad and I, just getting along and stuff. We share a lot of the same defects, a short-temper, and ––
MN: “We talk about AL-ANON, you know I just thought, ‘really?’ If I was sober, and going to meetings, I was okay. But, you don’t really see these things, until you see them. Your life can be pointing to them, but I was angry a lot of the time. Anger had become a very comfortable place for me, because if I’m angry I don’t have to be fearful or in pain.”
JN: “I think it was a little bit before my sixteenth birthday, and we were really not having a good day, we were not in the best mood, and got into a fight, and he told me to just pack my stuff, and go! So, I went.”
Where did Juian go? To read the rest of Mike and Julian’s story – and learn how they ended up in a healthy, balanced place, check out the latest issue of Renew.
Pesky Feline! Cat Owner Speaks Out After Pet Attacks Her Cleavage
How do you sell the cat from hell?
While Lola Marmolejo of Wisconsin praised her cat in a video posted on YouTube in hopes that someone would adopt him, the feline named Jimmy was busy biting and scratching her!
In the video she said, “He loves to play. I think he’s teething- ow! He’s very loving and kind- ow! I say nice things about you – go away!”
Marmolejo yelled as she brushed the cat away. “He loves kids.”
In the video, she cannot help but giggle after realizing how ridiculous her pitch has become.
“He’s such a good boy,” continued Marmolejo. “He’s very affectionate and loving. What’s the matter? Leave me alone!”
INSDIE EDITION’s Les Trent said to Marmolejo, “I think people who look at that video are sort of horrified. Your cat just seems a little bit out of control.”
Marmolejo replied, “I rescued him and I had him for about a month and he is out of control.”
At one point in the video, she even had to slap the cat!
Veterinarian Dr. Tamika Lewis told INSIDE EDITION, “There were some things she was doing that might have unintentionally exacerbated the behavior. She was doing a lot of hand motions and things like that, and the cat kept coming and trying to jump on her hand.”
Clearly, Jimmy’s behavior is nothing out of the ordinary for the cat. Another video showed Jimmy scratching Marmolejo when she tried to play with the cat.
“Ow! I’m going to start calling you ‘Homeless’ because that’s what you’re about to be!” Marmolejo continued.
On the other hand, Jimmy is smart. How many cats do you know who can fetch in a bathtub. no less?
Jimmy was caught picking up a hair band from the bottom of the tub on command.
And at last, truth in advertising!
“This cat is stressing me out,” said Marmolejo in the YouTube video. “I don’t want him anymore.”
But she has been told Jimmy is too aggressive to be put up for adoption.
“He still bites, but not as hard,” Marmolejo told Trent.
Temperatures are soaring! 98 Degrees star Jeff Timmons bring his pecs appeal to new stripper show
He made women swoon in boyband 98 Degrees, and now Jeff Timmons is hoping to do it all again – but this time in a new strip show.
The 41-year-old, who was part of the popular Nineties group with Nick and Drew Lachey and Justin Jeffe, split in 2000 to pursue their own individual projects, one of which being Timmons’ adult male revue called Men of the Strip.
Timmons displays his impressive, all-American physique below as well as his days as a Chippendale dancer in Vegas, cheekily posing on the red carpet, to a more polished style as creator, host and performer in the new show.
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The Complete Kardashian Diaries: Kim Kardashian’s Father, Robert Kardashian, Detailed Her Emotional Struggles
Long before she was America’s most famous pregnant reality star, Kim Kardashian was a 9-year-old elementary school student going through emotional turmoil as her parents went through a bitter split.
Robert wrote that young Kim didn’t outwardly react to the divorce, adding that she had a tendency to cry when she was alone. He also noted that a usually outgoing Kim tried to maintain B’s and C’s in her fifth-grade class, but that social situations were difficult because her friends would avoid her due to her family issues.
Like Kim, Kourtney also faced social problems because of her family life, Robert wrote, adding that 10-year-old Kourtney was withdrawn and showed a major change in personality during the split.
Unlike her sisters, Khloé, who was only 5 at the time of Kris and Robert’s divorce, marched to the beat of her own drum. Robert claimed his youngest daughter made her own rules and was very independent.
Robert’s assessment of his daughters’ emotional states is just one of the shocking revelations in In Touch’s new collector’s special, The Complete Kardashian Diaries.
On newsstands today, the bookazine provides a candid, in-depth look into the Kardashian children’s turbulent upbringing – and Robert’s allegations of Kris Jenner’s cheating, lies and abusive behavior — with time-stamped, dated excerpts from more than 200 pages from the late attorney’s personal journals and divorce documents.
For all the shocking allegations from Robert’s diary entries, plus exclusive family photos and much more, pick up In Touch’sComplete Kardashian Diaries, on newsstands now!
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula – The Mail On Sunday UK
Celebrity Secrets for Looking Great
April 05, 2013 | by —Abby Fender
Photography by Jill Greenberg (Aqualillies) | Style & Beauty
HEALTHY BODY: Ballet Beautiful
Mary Helen Bowers became a household name when she trained Natalie Portman for her Academy Award-winning role in Black Swan. More recently, though, Bowers has developed Ballet Beautiful, an innovative online workout that counts Victoria’s Secret models Erin Heatherton and Lily Aldridge, as well as women across 50 different countries as devotees.
Bowers developed her own “private backstage workouts” during her 10-year career as a professional ballerina to keep her body in peak condition. These workouts are what motivated her to create a live, interactive, and really fun virtual online fitness concept. Clients can log in from home, their hotel, or wherever they happen to be in the world, and connect with Bowers in either a group or private class for a results-driven program that sculpts a toned, yet feminine physique.
Mary Helen Bowers: Ballet Beautiful. Single Class ($35), Monthly Membership ($280). balletbeautiful.com
HEALTHY SKIN: Kerstin Florian
The famously beautiful and aging-backwards Victoria Beckham has a secret to her youthful skin—Beckham relies on Kerstin Florian’s Sun Protection SPF 30 to keep the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays at bay, and to prevent age spots, burning, and wrinkles.
Natural antioxidants combined with soothing chamomile and cucumber extracts calm and soothe the skin while leaving a streak-free finish that can be used on all skin types. Kerstin Florian also offers a great serum for the face.
Sun Protection SPF 30, KERSTIN FLORIAN ($44). kerstinflorianusa.com
HEALTHY BODY: Aqualillies Synchronized Swimming
The Aqualillies have made a splash with tons of celebrities through their modernization of classic synchronized swimming techniques. Whether they’re swimming alongside sharks and stingrays, appearing with Justin Bieber in his new music video, or filming a backyard pool party with PSY, they do it in style.
These bathing beauties are currently offering group and private classes at the beautiful Annenberg Community Beach House to give you a total body workout just in time for summer swimsuit season. Sign up online at aqualillies.com for a series of classes or just “test the waters” with a single class.
Aqualillies Synchronized Swimming, Group Classes ($160) Drop-In Class ($35) Private Class ($99). The Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica, 310-458-4904
HEALTHY SKIN: Dr. Harold Lancer
Dr. Harold Lancer is responsible for the clear, youthful complexions of Ellen DeGeneres, Megan Fox, and Julianne Hough—to name a few. Some of America’s most bold-faced names swear by the special “one two three” power-packed system, referred to as The Lancer Method.
The three-step system starts with a polish, then moves to gentle cleansing, and finally to nutrient-packed hydration. But you can use any of the three products solo, and we suggest starting with the polish first.
THE METHOD Polish Natural Sea Mineral Facial Scrub, Dr. Harold Lancer ($50). 440 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-278-8444
Interior Designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard
The interior designer talks TV shows, his growing brand, and relationships with celebrities.
November 09, 2012
World-renowned interior designer and decorator to the stars Martyn Lawrence-Bullard is upping his already skyrocketing status by reprising his role in the hit Bravo TV show Million Dollar Decorators for a second season (premieres Tuesday, November 13 at 10/9 c). In addition to his TV appearance, Bullard shares that he is also filming, producing, and starring in his own design show in England.
His brand, Martyn Lawrence-Bullard Design, is growing, too. Come spring 2013, Lawrence-Bullard will add jewelry and men’s fashion to his line of already-successful rug, furniture, fabric, and candles. You can also expect to see the luxurious Martyn Lawrence-Bullard Design more within the next year, since Bullard recently signed licensing deals with the world’s largest and most famous crystal, tile and bathroom, and tabletop companies. Despite his busy schedule, Lawrence-Bullard made time to share his incredible experiences and stories with us.
Let’s talk about the show. What happens this season—any drama?
MARTYN LAWRENCE-BULLARD: The volume is going to be turned up from last season. I do quite a lot with Mary [McDonald], which didn’t happen last season. She and I travel to India together, and we do a design collaboration for One Kings Lane, and the sales air live during the broadcast of the show. We design kind of an incredible tabletop and [find] holiday gifts and a whole bunch of things; everything is made and filmed in India, so that’s going to be a really wild part of the show. I travel extensively during the show and open up my family to the show a little bit.
How did you manage to incorporate your family?
MLB: I design a pub for my sister in England—an extraordinary18th-century pub that used to be Napoleon’s lover’s home. We show the trials and tribulations of, number one, working with your family, and number two, opening in a timely fashion. It’s really cute because it really shows a part of English culture. The pub is such a part England’s experience, and so interesting that my sister, at the ripe old age of 55, has decided to change her career and open a pub. It’s a completely new vibe. She owned fashion stores before and just decided to completely change paths and do this, so it will all unfold on the show.
Do we see any of the clients from the first season?
MLB: Of course we revisit some of our previous clients on the show this season, and there’s some really fun stuff going on in New York. There’s a whole new experience that goes on with Tamara Mellon—it’s very fashion-centric. I also decorate for the actress who has become very controversial lately, Stacey Dash.
Had the controversy hit at the time you were filming?
MLB: Actually, we filmed about a week before the whole political statement. So, that’s going to be interesting. [This season] there’s a lot of diversity, a lot of big-name celebrities that I cannot reveal to you yet, but it will add to the excitement. All of the cast members will have some really interesting clients this season, and I will be the one traveling everywhere.
You’ve managed to come to America and pave your way as one of AD’s Top 100 in Architecture and Design….
MLB: For the past seven years.
How have you managed to not only make these iconic celebrities your clients, and keep them coming back for more—every party, every home—but also cultivate such close friendships with them?
MLB: I was very lucky. My first client ever was supermodel Cheryl Tiegs. And I was very lucky again—after completing Cheryl’s house, my work ended up on the cover of seven magazines around the world. That house is still being published today, 15 years later. From Cheryl, it went to Rebecca Romijn and John Stamos, to Christina Aguilera, to Edward Norton.
The most important thing: when you’re working with celebrities, sometimes you end up knowing very deep secrets…. It is important [that] you know your boundaries. That’s why I have been so lucky with Elton John. I’ve ended up vacationing with him, I’ve been to all of his homes, flown all over the world to Africa and Hawaii, and same thing with Cher. I am spending Christmas with Ozzie and Sharon [Osbourne] this year. We’ve formulated really wonderful relationships because the design process is very personal, and if you understand how to work within each one of [the clients’] personalities, and respect their privacy, you can form a beautiful friendship.
What are some of the special requests you’ve been involved with, or special ways you’ve been able to be a part of your clients’ lives?
MLB: When you get involved in anyone’s life, people end up going past just, you know, ‘what color fabric should I put on that sofa,’ or ‘should I put drapes on that window,’ and so on. I’ve helped Aaron Sorkin pick out his tuxedo for The Oscars. I’ve had clients have me go with them to Chopard and Harry Winston to help them pick out their jewels to wear to their events. You end up very much styling their lives and very much a part of their lives, and that’s part of the honor of being in this business. Not really being looked at just for interiors—but as a tastemaker, and that’s really the whole excitement of it all for me.
Family of anti-Islamic movie filmmaker sneaks out of home in the dead of night to join him in secret location… as Iran vows ‘we’ll track him down’
- Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55 was escorted to the sheriff’s station in Cerritos for interview over alleged probation violation
- Family followed early on Monday morning
- Nakoula made inflammatory film ‘Innocence of Muslims’, sparking deadly protests across world and American deaths in Libya
- In 2010 he was convicted of $800,000 worth of bank fraud
- Suspected of using the alias Sam Bassil during film production but released on condition he didn’t access the internet or use aliases
- Nakoula has reportedly denied involvement in the film
PUBLISHED: 15:26 EST, 17 September 2012 | UPDATED: 02:21 EST, 18 September 2012
The family of a filmmaker linked to an anti-Islamic movie has left their California home in the middle of the night to join the man in hiding.
A spokesman with the LA County Sheriff’s Department said that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula’s relatives, each with his or her face covered, left their Cerritos home about 3:45am on Monday.
Deputies gave them a ride and they were reunited with Nakoula, then taken to an undisclosed location.
Family ties: The family of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula covered their faces as they were led out of his Cerritos, California, home early on Monday morning
Not under arrest: Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is escorted from his home by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officers in Cerritos, California on Saturday morning
Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the LA County Sheriff’s Department, told ABC News: ‘They decided they would be safer where they could move about and live a normal life.
‘All we did was pick them up and reunite them with Mr. Nakoula.’
He would not say when or if Nakoula and his family were planning to return – if ever.
He told ABC: ‘What we do know and what they told me is that for the time now and for the immediate future, for the weeks and months to come, they will not be returning to this address.’
Nakoula wore heavy apparel to disguise his appearance when he left his home over the weekend.
His family was no different, keeping their faces covered as they were led away by deputies.
- ‘He is still alive!’: Video shows the moment ambassador’s body is pulled from embassy . . . as witness says he was breathing
- Protesters clash with police outside U.S. Consulate in Karachi as violence over anti-Islam video spreads around the world
- ‘We’ll track him down:’ Iran vows to punish US-based producer who made anti-Islam film
Meanwhile, as fresh protests broke out in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi issued an stark message directed at Nakoula.
Condemnation: Iran’s Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi (left) called for the filmmakers to be punished while Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (right) called on the West to take action
‘The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran condemns… this inappropriate and offensive action,’ Mr Rahimi said.
‘Certainly it will search for, track and pursue this guilty person who… has insulted 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide.’
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also issued a statement, calling on the West to show it respects Islam by blocking the film.
Casualty: U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens was one of four Americans killed in the Benghazi attack
‘They must prove they were not ‘accomplices’ in a ‘big crime’, he said.
Nakoula was interviewed by federal probation officers, who are reviewing a 2010 case in which he was convicted of bank fraud.
Federal authorities have identified Nakoula, a self-described Coptic Christian, as the key figure behind ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ a film denigrating Islam that ignited violence against U.S. embassies in the Middle East.
Nakoula later admitted that he produced the film with the help of his 21-year-old son, Abanob Basseley.
The 14-minute clip on YouTube has sparked violence across the Muslim world.
Violence began Tuesday when mainly Islamist protesters climbed the U.S. Embassy walls in the Egyptian capital of Cairo and tore down the American flag from a pole in the courtyard.
Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, also was killed on Tuesday along with three other Americans, as violent protesters stormed the consulate in Benghazi.
A federal law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Thursday that authorities had connected Nakoula to a man using the pseudonym of Sam Bacile who claimed earlier to be writer and director of the film.
Nakoula pleaded no contest in 2010 to federal bank fraud charges in California and was ordered to pay more than $790,000 in restitution.
The man behind it all: Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is escorted out of his home by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officers in Cerritos, California
He was also sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and was ordered not to use computers or the Internet for five years without approval from his probation officer.
His attorney cited Nakoula’s poor health in a bid for leniency and home detention, stating his client suffered from Hepatitis C, diabetes that require twice-daily insulin shots, and other ailments that required more than 10 medications a day, according to a transcript of the sentencing obtained by the AP.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies stand down the street from the suburban Los Angeles home of filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula
Many records in case remain sealed, but prosecutors sought a longer prison term and noted that he misused some of his own relatives’ identities to open 600 fraudulent credit accounts.
Nakoula apologized during the proceedings and his attorney James D. Henderson Sr. said Nakoula had learned his lesson.
‘He’s clearly gotten the message,’ Henderson said. ‘I can’t imagine him doing anything stupider than what he did here, but what’s done is done.’
Henderson said during the hearing that his client had been enlisted by another man to open the accounts and had only received $60,000 to $70,000 from the fraudulent transactions.
Criminal record: Nakoula, also known as Sam Bacile, is pictured on the set of the controversial film ‘Innocence Of Muslims’
He got involved in the scheme after losing his job in the gas station industry and had been forced to work for a few dollars a weekend at swap meets to try to support his children and an ailing father, Henderson said, according to the transcript.
It could be difficult to establish a probation violation case against Nakoula. In the federal court system, the conditions of supervised release are geared toward the offense for which a defendant was found guilty and imprisoned.
In Nakoula’s case, the offense was bank fraud. His no contest plea was to charges of setting up fraudulent bank accounts using stolen identities and Social Security numbers, depositing checks from those accounts into other phony accounts and then withdrawing the illicit funds from ATM machines.
While it was unclear what might have provoked authorities’ interest, the filmmaker’s use of a false identity and his access to the Internet through computers could be at issue, according to experts in cyber law and the federal probation system.
Nakoula, who told the AP that he was logistics manager for the film, was under requirements to provide authorities with records of all his bank and business accounts.
The probation order authorized in June 2010 warned Nakoula against using false identities.
Nakoula was told not to ‘use, for any purpose or in any manner, any name other than his/her true legal name or names without the prior written approval of the Probation Officer.’
Federal prosecutors had charged that Nakoula used multiple false identities in creating his fraudulent accounts.
Several, Nicola Bacily and Erwin Salameh, were similar to the Sam Bacile pseudonym used to set up the YouTube account for the anti-Islamic film.
Other pseudonyms used in the accounts ranged from Ahmed Hamdy to P.J. Tobacco.
Media microphones are pictured outside the home of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula yesterday in anticipation of a statement from the filmmaker
Nakoula was also told he could not have any access to the Internet ‘without the prior approval of the probation officer.’
Nakoula was ordered to detail any online devices and cellphones to authorities and was told his devices would be monitored and subject to searches.
Jennifer Granick, a criminal defense lawyer who specializes in online crimes, said authorities might not have been aware of Nakoula’s online activity even if monitoring devices were placed on his computers. ‘That may be very hard for a probation officer to catch ahead of time.’
Granick also noted that Nakoula’s conviction for financial crimes might provide a basis for probation officials to review bank and other monetary records.
‘Somebody charged with a financial crime might receive some supervision categories where they might re-offend,’ she said.
Nakoula was arrested in June 2009, pleaded no contest to the bank fraud charges a year later and was released from federal prison in June 2011 after serving a 21-month prison term, according to federal records.
Bachelor Ben Flajnik Picks Courtney Robertson!
ENTERTAINMENT MARCH 12, 2012 AT 10:14PM
Despite her less-than-becoming behavior throughout the season and warnings from other contestants, Ben Flajnik got down on bended knee and proposed to model Courtney Robertson on Monday’s controversialBachelor finale.
“What a journey, it’s been an incredible road getting to this point with you through all the ups and downs we’ve encountered, real signs of what could be. From our first date in Sonoma when I felt like we were on this same path, wavelengths of sorts, where we kind of understood each other,” the 29-year-old San Francisco winemaker told Robertson, 28, before presenting her with a Neil Lane engagement ring on a snowcapped mountain in Zermatt, Switzerland.
“But, I promised myself that I wouldn’t get down on one knee again unless I was certain that it was forever. And I want to tell you that you are my forever. I have waited a really long time to tell you that I am in love with you more than you will ever know and this whole experience and journey has been worth it every step of the way,” he continued as an ecstatic Robertson, who was clad in a black Alberto Makali design with an embellished neckline and elbow-length leather gloves, accepted his proposal.
“You’re an incredible woman” Flajnik said to his bride-to-be, who beat out Lindzi Cox for the final rose.
For Flajnik’s final date with Robertson, he took her on a romantic helicopter ride above The Matterhorn in Switzerland. Once the lovebirds arrive at their destination, they flirt by making snow angels and going tobogganing.
However, things aren’t looking as rosy for the duo right now.
According to an insider, during the After the Final Rose episode, Robertson tearfully revealed that her fiance abruptly dumped her three months after his proposal (which was shot in November), then reconciled with her just as Us Weekly caught him stepping out with three ladies.
Flajnik then swore on his father’s grave that he was just kissing “old friends,” but insiders say he only met the women in February and is still texting one of them.
However, Flajnik now insists that he wants to make the romance work: “In the last couple of weeks we’ve been able to talk.”
For now, the engagement is still on, and by episode’s end he presented her with a new ring, claiming he bought it after producers confiscated the original.
“I’m going to be there for you forever,” Flajnik vowed.
Tell Us: Do you think Ben and Courtney will stay together this time?