Sean Lowe Opens Up About Helping Hurricane Harvey Victims

Amid the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, Sean Lowe jumped into action.

“Today I had the chance to do what I could to help some people in the Houston area. I couldn’t believe the devastation,” Lowe wrote on Instagram on Monday, August 28. “My heart broke for all the elderly who are immobile and the mothers trapped in their homes with young babies. But I was encouraged by the selflessness of so many Texans who came to help where they could. Definitely a day I’ll never forget.”

The Bachelor alum detailed his experience to Entertainment Tonight, telling a heartbreaking story of assisting a man who had gone into cardiac arrest. “I don’t know if he survived, I doubt that he did,” Lowe told ET. “We had to pull him from a canoe that he was being drug in to our boat, where firefighters were giving him CPR for about 15 to 20 minutes before we could get him to an ambulance.”

“It took about three of us, and I was holding a dead man,” he continued. “His heart was not beating and his face was as blue as blue gets. To just be involved with that, to see it, it really shook me up. That’s something I’ll take to my grave remembering.”’

Lowe and the firefighters he teamed up with were able to rescue nearly a dozen people, he tells ET.

Celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin Hart, Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez and the Kardashian family, among others, have all been active about fundraising for victims of the hurricane.

DeGeneres posted a heartfelt video to her Twitter account in which she revealed she and The Ellen Show are donating $25,000 each to the Red Cross, and she is also donating another $25,000 to the SPCA of Texas. “I know people want to help,” she says in the video, which she shared on Monday. “I would like to help.”

Kim Kardashian revealed on Twitter that her family will donate $500,000 to different organizations as well. “Houston we are praying for you! My mom, sisters & I will be donating $500,000 to @redcross and @salvationarmyus today,” she wrote on Tuesday. “#HoustonStrong.”

You can help hurricane relief efforts by texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the Red Cross or texting UWFLOOD to 41444 to donate to the United Way Flood Relief Fund.

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Rich Piana’s Girlfriend Chanel Jansen on His Death and Legacy

 

In the wake of bodybuilder Rich Piana’s sudden death, his girlfriend Chanel Jansen is amazed by the love and support that has poured in from his fans.

Jansen, who is the videographer and photographer for Piana’s company, 5% Nutrition, has watched her Instagram feed fill up with messages for Piana since he passed away on Aug. 25.

“People to this day are still calling in, even though they know he’s passed,” Jansen, 31, tells PEOPLE. “Rich changed so many people’s lives. This one guy called and said he became a molecular biologist because Rich gave him that 5% mentality of doing whatever it is to reach your goals in life, no matter what they are.”

“There’s so much more to him than his muscles.”

Jansen, who was with Piana for over three years, says he changed her life, too.

“I’ve never ever dealt with a death this close to me before, let alone the love of my life,” she says. “I don’t feel like I’m ever going to love anyone as much as I loved him, and quite frankly I don’t want to.”

Jansen was cutting Piana’s hair when he suddenly collapsed on Aug. 7. She gave him chest compressions until the ambulance arrived, but doctors later told her that Piana “was gone before he even hit the floor” from a heart attack. He remained in a medically induced coma for almost two weeks before they took him off life support, based on his will.

“They said he had no chance of a meaningful recovery and he was in a vegetative state,” Jansen explains. “I said, ‘It’s a good thing it’s not up to me, because I love him so much I’m too selfish to make that decision [to take him off life support].’ He was breathing on his own for nearly a week, and then he just let go.”

She had suspected that something was wrong with Piana, who has a history of steroid use, a few days prior to his heart attack, when the couple was visiting Los Angeles and Piana had two episodes of vomiting and difficultly breathing. She pushed him to go to the hospital, but Piana kept refusing.

“He hates going to the doctor, he hates going to the hospital; so he was just like, ‘No I’m fine,’ ” Jansen says. “He was the kind of guy who wouldn’t tell you he wasn’t feeling well. He was just real stubborn. He didn’t want to show that he was in pain or hurt.”

Two days later, he collapsed. Jansen says she couldn’t get the look on his face out of her mind during the three weeks he was in the hospital.

“I was talking to his nurse, and I said, ‘When he’s ready to go can you let me know so I can watch him pass?’ and she was like, ‘Why would you want to do that, that’s so traumatizing.’ She didn’t know what had happened. I said, ‘I can’t have, for the rest of my life when I close my eyes at night, the look of horror on his face as I gave him compressions and he passed. I need to see him peacefully go.’ ”

Jansen didn’t exactly get her wish — she had fallen asleep when he died at 12:12 am — but the nurse believes that’s how Piana was able to pass.

“The nurse woke me up and said, ‘Rich just passed,’ ” Jansen recalls. “I started shaking and I couldn’t say anything but ‘What?’ And she said, ‘Sweetie, I think he was waiting for you to let go of his hand and make sure that you were asleep so you didn’t hear him twitch or any distressed breathing. So now you can just look at it as he fell asleep and that’s all that you know. You won’t look at it any other way now.’ ”

Jansen is now making arrangements for Piana’s funeral with his father and ex-wife Jane, who is also their business partner, while preparing to move out of the the home they shared in Florida.

“I sleep on his side of the bed so that I can smell where he was laying last, and I smell the sheets and talk to him every night,” she says. “And I tell him that I loved him then, I love him now, and I’ll love him always, and I remind him, when it’s my time, to come find me because I don’t want to go anywhere without him.”

Demi Lovato Celebrates Blue Belt in Jiu-Jitsu With Makeup Free Selfie

Demi Lovato has new reason to be confident. The singer, 25, revealed on Instagram on Monday, August 28, that she reached a new accomplishment in her Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training.

“I’m so beyond excited because I just received my blue belt in #brazilianjiujitsu!!!!” Lovato wrote alongside a stunning makeup-free selfie in which she wears her training uniform. “I fell in love with #BJJover a year ago and have been training several times a week ever since.”

The “Confident” singer recently opened to Us Weekly about her mixed martial arts workout regimen, explaining that the sport is “therapeutic” for her mind as well as her body. “I feel the most confident when I’m in the gym,” she told Us at the launch of her limited-edition Fabletics activewear collection on May 10 . “Whenever I’m training — whether it’s boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, jiu-jitsu.”

Aside from putting in hours at the gym, Lovato has a healthy approach to appreciating her body. “I stay confident in my own life by daily affirmations — looking in the mirror, telling myself I’m beautiful no matter what and just learning to accept my flaws for what they are and knowing that, you know, my curves are beautiful, and I am who I am,” she told Us. “I hope to inspire [young women] by getting in the gym, getting healthy, feeling comfortable in their skin.”

When she’s not fighting herself as part of her training, Lovato enjoys being a spectator of the sport as well. The “Sorry Not Sorry” performer recently performed a stunning national anthem during Floyd Mayweather’s fight against Conor McGregor on Saturday, August 27. Lovato posted a photo after the event with Mayweather, who won the highly-anticipated fight. “He said “I chose you for my last fight” ??? what a fucking honor,” she wrote on Instagram. “Thank you Floyd for such an incredible experience. It was an honor to sing for you. Thank you ?? and CONGRATS CHAMP!!!”

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Everwood Star Gregory Smith Is Engaged To Taylor McKay

Gregory Smith is ready to tie the knot. The Everwood star proposed to his girlfriend, model and actress Taylor McKay. The couple shared the news with their followers on Instagram, with adorable photos of them together showing their love for each other and her new diamond ring.

“Thank you @taylorjmckay for agreeing to spend our lives together. You make me so happy. I love you,” Smith, 34, wrote in the July 30 caption with a photo kissing his new fiancé. 

“On Friday night this man made me speechless…LOVE of my LIFE!?????❤️?? @gregorythesmith,” Taylor wrote in a caption for a series of photos with her soon-to-be husband and her new diamond ring.

Just days later after their engagement, McKay used a photoshoot for work to photograph herself with her ring.

“For the last shot of the day I asked the photographer if I could put my ring back on and steal an iPhone shot?Fiancé-ing so hard right now @gregorythesmith I just can’t help it!!?????,” she wrote.

The couple recently posed for an adorable selfie, with McKay placing her newly adorned left hand on his chest. 

The actor starred in Everwood as Ephram Brown, alongside Chris Pratt and Treat Williams, during the show’s four-year run from 2002 to 2006. Smith then starred in Rookie Blue from 2010 until 2015 and recently directed an episode of the CW show Arrow.

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Dogs in Bowties Photos

There are few things cuter than a dog. Unless of course, you add something else that is already adorable onto a dog — like a bowtie.

Luckily, plenty of pup owners have had this idea and have followed through.

Not only did these pet parents buy a piece of dashing doggie neckwear, they photographed their pooch wearing it and then put it on social media for all to enjoy. A truly terrific trifecta of decisions.

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Unlike cats, who are known to have an unfortunate aversion to tiny outfits, these dogs don’t seem to mind adding a dash of class to their adorable looks.

It’s almost the end of the day, so you’ve earned this. Go ahead and enjoy these dogs in bowties.

Amber Portwood Enjoys Fireside Date Night With Boyfriend Andrew Glennon

After a big night out at the 2017 MTV VMAs on Sunday, August 27, where she made her red carpet debut with new boyfriend Andrew Glennon, Amber Portwood was ready for a romantic night in.

The Teen Mom OG star shared a video on Instagram enjoying some quality time with her new man as they lounged by a fireplace. “My nights now … sending love everyone,” she wrote in a Tuesday, August 29, post.

The 27-year-old MTV personality has been dating Glennon for a few months after meeting during the filming of Marriage Boot Camp with ex Matt Baier and opened up exclusively to Us Weekly about their “very happy” relationship. Glennon worked in production on the WE tv show and reached out to Portwood after filming wrapped.

“It was definitely butterflies there, but again, as we started talking, strangely I felt so comfortable, which was amazing,” the Malibu-based lighting technician told Us. “I feel like that’s hard to find.”

“It’s been good because we can give each other space,” the boutique owner and Indiana resident shared of their long distance relationship. “It balances everything out especially when you first break up with somebody. You don’t really want to jump right in to another situation, but, you know, some men are worth it, some aren’t. He’s definitely worth my time.”

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Portwood, who has been sober for five years, called off her wedding to Baier after he offered castmate Catelynn Lowell a Xanax during an MTV press day in April. She has one daughter, Leah, 8, with ex Gary Shirley. Shirley told Us exclusively that he thinks his ex is rushing the new romance, saying, “I think she should have waited a little bit and really felt it out, but that’s OK.”

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It Was Only a Matter of Time Before Melania Trump Got FLOTUS Merch

Hot off the heels (sorry) of a controversial travel get-up, Melania Trump landed in Houston this afternoon—and though she ditched the Manolo Blahnik stilettos on Air Force 1, FLOTUS was spotted wearing another item that had the Internet scratching its head.

The Trumps are in Texas to visit those affected by Hurricane Harvey—though, so far, the purpose for their trip has been eclipsed by the First Lady’s wardrobing choices for the photo opportunities. As The Cut pointed out, the First Lady deplaned in Houston wearing an accessory that might signal she’s finally succumbed to her husband’s affinity for merchandise: a hat that spells out “FLOTUS,” in case there were any questions surrounding her current title.

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Though Melania skipped the signature “Make American Great Again” red, her black-and-white “FLOTUS” cap is right in line with her husband’s headgear. (President Trump has recently been spotted wearing a new “USA” style himself.) And while a FLOTUS-branded hat isn’t quite as questionable as stilettos to visit a city recovering from a Category 3 hurricane, we’re nonetheless curious as to why Melania decided now was the time to partake in the Trump family merch tradition.

Luckily, all it took was a quick scroll through Twitter to realize that we weren’t alone in this line of thought.

FLOTUS’ office has released a statement about the inordinate amount of attention Melania’s wardrobing choices have received during this official visit. But this outfit change does beg more questions—such as: Will these hats be popping up on Donald J. Trump’s official online store in the near future? Will other members of the administration also be getting the merch treatment? Only time will tell… but this might be an example of how being #onbrand can go a tad too far.

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Is Robby Hayes Still Friends With Josh Murray?

Friendship breakup? Robby Hayes and Josh Murray aren’t close anymore after Hayes started dating Murray’s ex-fiancée Amanda Stanton

The Florida native, 28, revealed the status of his friendship with Murray on The Morning Breath podcast on Monday, August 28. “We text here and there,” he said of his one-time BFF. “It’s definitely lost its spark.”

Murray and Stanton, 27, got engaged on the Bachelor in Paradise season 3 finale in summer 2016. The former baseball player, 33, relocated to California and moved in with the esthetician and her two daughters, Kinsley and Charlie. However, the couple ended up splitting in December 2016 and Murray headed back to Atlanta. Stanton returned to Paradise for round two, and hit it off with Hayes

Hayes shared that his romance with Stanton is progressing after leaving Mexico. “Amanda and I are great. We’re hanging out. We carried kind of what we had into figuring out how it could be in the real world because Paradise is a lot different,” he said. “I think it’s going to be the start of something special. I think everybody can see that.”

He added that they’re taking things slow. “Building a house fast increases its chances of it falling down faster,” he continued. “Building it slow and building that foundation at the bottom …. [it] stays stronger.”

Murray previously told Us Weekly that he was happy for Stanton and wished her well. “That ship has definitely sailed. Amanda and I are done,” he said in June. “But like I said, I wish her nothing but the best. Hopefully she can find love in Paradise for the second time. We’ll see what happens.”

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Madison Beer Isn’t Dating Brooklyn Beckham

Singer and internet sensation Madison Beer is no longer seeing Brooklyn Beckham now that he’s moved to New York City, where he’s studying photography.

“I can’t do long distance,” Beer, 18, told PEOPLE recently. (The Long Island native is based out of Los Angeles.)

In late July Beer insinuated she had been seeing the son of David and Victoria — who also used to date Chloë Grace Moretz.

“We are definitely crushing on each other,” she said in a July AOL Build Series interview. “But we’re both very busy … He’s great, he’s a cutie, he’s one of my best friends … We hang out almost every day.”

But with Beer (who was discovered on YouTube by Justin Bieber) busy working on her new EP and the aspiring photographer now 3,000 miles apart, their relationship has resorted back to a friendly one. In fact, Beckham, 18, and Moretz, 20, are hanging out again.

Beer also recently made waves when she spoke out about a leaked recording of her being allegedly verbally abused by her former boyfriend, YouTube star Jack Gilinsky, telling her fans she hoped they would learn something from her situation and not tolerate similar abuse.

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But the former couple also appears to have moved on from their past.

“We’re totally cool now. We’ve been cool,” Beer tells PEOPLE of Gilinsky. “People don’t get that there’s a lot of stuff that goes on behind closed doors that they don’t know about,” she says. “But we’re totally fine now.”

Beyond working on new music, Beer says she’s also busy fighting online bullying.

“I think there should be consequences for social media companies if someone dies,” she says. “If someone is cyber bullied until they kill themselves, [the companies] shouldn’t be able to get away with the part they play. Social media is awesome, but sites have to advocate for being responsible for the people who die. They never talk about it, but they’re the reason a lot of young people don’t have lives.”

Kristin Cavallari Reveals How She Keeps the Spark Alive with Husband Jay Cutler

Kristin Cavallari has discovered the key to keeping the spark alive in her marriage.

This past June, the Hills star celebrated her fourth wedding anniversary with husband Jay Cutler, who recently signed a one-year, $10 million contract with the Miami Dolphins.

Although Cutler will be away from the family’s home in Nashville, Tennessee, for the 2017 NFL season, the pair will be relying on technology to stay in touch, as well as savoring the time they do spend together.

“I have always said: it’s kind of nice to miss each other,” Cavallari, 30, told E!’s Daily Pop. “I think that’s how we’ve always kind of kept our spark alive.”

“Jay just signed with the Miami Dolphins, so he’s in Florida. Some days it’s crazy and I can’t wait for bedtime and other days I’m like, ‘Okay, it’s actually not that bad,’ ” shared Cavallari.

In March, the MTV alum announced that her family was leaving the Windy City just a few weeks after the NFL quarterback was cut by the Chicago Bears in early March after eight seasons. Now that the family is settled in Tennessee, they’ll be traveling to Miami when the season begins to root on the family patriarch.

“We’re going to stay in Nashville. We literally just moved to Nashville full-time, so I didn’t want to pack up the kids again for essentially such a short amount of time,” Cavallari explained about her family’s recent move to Nashville from Chicago.

She added: “So we’ll go to Miami for all the home games and Jay’s going to come home this weekend for a few days and we’re going to figure it out and make it work. A lot of FaceTime, that’s for sure.”

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Cavallari, who quipped that she’s “a single parent these days” and their home is “a little nuts” because Cutler is away training, said that she and the couple’s three children — sons Camden Jack, 5, and Jaxon Wyatt, 2, and daughter Saylor James, 1 — will “start to be down there a lot for all of the home games.”

Shortly after news broke of Cutler’s return to the NFL, she took to Instagram to congratulate her husband.

And he’s off…but this time as a dolphin ? so excited for my man on this next journey #MiamiDolphins,” Cavallari captioned a photo of the couple sharing a sweet smooch earlier this month.