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‘JANE THE VIRGIN’S’ GINA RODRIGUEZ TALKS SUICIDAL DEPRESSION

Gina Rodriguez has been open about her struggles with anxiety for a while now, but she’s letting fans know for the first time just how serious her battle was.

During a discussion on mental health at The Kennedy Forum with NBC’s Kate Snow, Rodriguez said she worked through the anxiety that started when she was about 16, but that at a certain point it became too much for her, and she had to take time off work to grapple with her suicidal feelings.

Rodriguez first got candid about her battle in a 2017 Instagram post. She spoke with Snow at the forum shortly after she and her husband, Chris Bro, opened up about losing his father to suicide. Rodriguez said the conversation prompted her to discuss her own experience with suicidal ideation.

The 34-year-old said: "I think I started dealing with depression around sixteen. I started dealing with the idea of that same concept that your husband was talking about, everything is going to be better when I'm gone. Life will be easier. All the woes will be away, all the problems. Then I wouldn't have to fail or succeed, right? Then all this surmounting pressure would go away. It would just go away."

She continued: "There was a point where I couldn’t…push through every single time anymore, and I’m one of those human beings…where they're just like, I’ll handle it later. I’ll deal with it later. I’ll figure it out later. I just have to do this now. All the while you’re dealing with your silent little dragon in your head. And it came to a point, and this last season was the first season where I had to stop production. I had a really tumultuous season, and I was unafraid for the first time to be like, ‘I can’t.’"

Rodriguez says she wants to get her message to young girls, who get an edited version of celebrities lives, and wants to let them know that they can fight through obstacles. "I can't just tell them to go out and make their dreams come true and then to ignore everything else."

Growing up in her own family, she said discussing mental health wasn’t an option. She wants to change that.

AUDIO: GINA RODRIGUEZ ON ANXIETY

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CUBA GOODING JR. DENIES CLAUDIA OSHRY’S SEX ASSAULT CLAIMS

Days after the Oscar-winning Cuba Gooding Jr. was accused of grabbing a woman’s breasts at a rooftop bar in Manhattan, a social media star said he assaulted her too.

Claudia Oshry said on her podcast, The Morning Toast: "At the end of the day, like, I don't know if I've ever considered myself to be, like, a victim of sexual assault because I'm not. There are people who are real victims that I would never compare myself to them. But yes, when I was in high school—I was f--king 16 years old—Cuba Gooding Jr. put his finger up my butt, and I felt wild. Like, I felt—I don't even know what the right word is. And now, it's just become, like, a part of who I am. It's a part of my story."

On Monday, the 51-year-old’s attorney Mark Heller told E!: "Cuba says this incident never happened and he has no recollection of this individual either."

Gooding Jr. pleaded not guilty to forcible touching and is free on bail.

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Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down” Video Features Surprise Katy Perry Cameo, Call for LGBT Equality

Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down” Video Features Surprise Katy Perry Cameo, Call for LGBT Equality Taylor Swift premiered the official music video for her latest single “You Need to Calm Down” on Monday, and it features a bevy of celebs and one very important message. The three-and-a-half-minute clip …

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Katherine Schwarzenegger Gushes Over New Husband Chris Pratt in Father’s Day Post

Katherine Schwarzenegger Gushes Over New Husband Chris Pratt in Father’s Day Post Katherine Schwarzenegger celebrated her first Father’s Day as a stepmom by gushing about new husband Chris Pratt on Instagram. “Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful husband. Watching you be such a hands-on and loving father was one of the many …

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JULIA ROBERTS REVEALS ‘PRETTY WOMAN’S’ FIRST GRIM ENDING

The original ending for Pretty Woman was about as grim as it gets, Julia Roberts reveals. In a conversation with Patricia Arquette for Variety, Arquette herself reveals said that she auditioned for a dark, gritty version of Pretty Woman, and Roberts ended with the role, but in an upbeat rom-com.

"So many, many, many years ago, one of my early auditions was for a movie called 3,000. Most people don’t know that 3,000 was the original Pretty Woman script. And the ending was really heavy," Arquette, 51, said to kick of her interview with Roberts, 51.

Roberts recalls that the script ended with her character being thrown "out of the car," before the driver "threw the money on top of her, as memory serves, and just drove away, leaving her in some dirty alley."

"So it really read like a gritty art movie. When you first read it, it was that incarnation," Arquette said.

When she landed the role it was for a small movie company that folded shortly after. The script landed at Disney, she said.

"I thought, ‘Went to Disney? Are they going to animate it?'" she told Arquette. "Director Garry Marshall came on, and because he’s a great human being, he felt it would only be fair to meet me, since I had this job for three days and lost it. And they changed the whole thing. And it became more something that is in my wheelhouse."

Roberts also dropped the bomb that she hates doing nude scenes: "Even in Pretty Woman, if I had to be in a slip, I’d be covered in hives."

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Ashley Benson Sells L.A. Home to Move in With Girlfriend Cara Delevingne

Ashley Benson Sells L.A. Home to Move in With Girlfriend Cara Delevingne Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson are reportedly shacking up together. “She sold her house in Los Angeles,” a source tells <em>Us Weekly </em>about the 29-year-old Benson. “She moved into Cara’s place there.” The two first sparked romance rumors in …

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Britney Spears Granted 5-Year Restraining Order Against Ex-Manager Sam Lufti

Britney Spears Granted 5-Year Restraining Order Against Ex-Manager Sam Lufti Britney Spears’ temporary restraining order against former manager Sam Lufti was extended to five years in a California court on Thursday. According to the AP, the order prohibits Lufti from contacting Spears or her family; it also forbids him from …

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Kourtney K. Slams “Kylie ‘Billionaire’ Jenner” for Having “Entitlement” on “KUWTK”

Kourtney K. Slams “Kylie ‘Billionaire’ Jenner” for Having “Entitlement” on “KUWTK” Kourtney Kardashian says what we’re all thinking in a preview from this coming Sunday’s <i>Keeping Up With the Kardashians</i>. “She has this, like, entitlement,” the 40-year-old Kourtney says about 21-year-old Kylie. “No one says anything because she’s Kylie ‘Billionaire’ …

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Kanye West Surpasses Drake on Forbes’ List of Richest Rappers for 2019

Kanye West Surpasses Drake on Forbes’ List of Richest Rappers for 2019 <i>Forbes</i> is out with its rankings of the richest rappers of 2019. The power list was published Thursday after the publication revealed earlier this month that JAY-Z had become hip-hop’s first billionaire. In other noteworthy ranking news, Kanye …

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Nev Schulman Claims Ariana Grande Wants to Guest-Host “Catfish”

Nev Schulman Claims Ariana Grande Wants to Guest-Host “Catfish”<i>Catfish</i> creator Nev Schulman claims superfan Ariana Grande is interested in guest-hosting his MTV reality series. “A couple weeks ago, I started getting a lot of mentions on Instagram. People were saying, ‘Oh my god, oh my god, Ariana Grande is watching …

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

RHOC’s SHANNON BEADOR GETS $138K FROM ALEXIS BELLINO’S EX: Real Housewives of Orange County star Shannon Beador will collect $138K from Alexis Bellino’s ex-husband Jim, The Blast reports. The judge is ordering that he cover her attorney bills as well. The lawsuit he filed against her and Tamra Judge for defaming him was dismissed. Beador is having a good run in court; she recently settled her divorce and walked away with a $1.4M lump sum and $10K per month from her ex David.

GEORGE CLOONEY, NOBEL PRIZE WINNER? A group of LGBTQ supporters and activists were so inspired by George Clooney’s op-ed piece supporting the boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel over its anti-gay owners, they have launched a write-in campaign to convince the Nobel Peace Prize nominating committee to hand over an award to Clooney, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

MTV TO HONOR DWAYNE JOHNSON: Dwayne Johnson is being honored with the Generation Award at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards. The award honors actors who diverse contributions to film and TV have transformed the industry. "Johnson is an icon on both film and TV who has become one of the most beloved actors of our generation," Amy Doyle, General Manager, MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo, said in a press release of the actor, who previously co-hosted the annual ceremony with Kevin Hart in 2016. "Throughout his career, Johnson has proven to be the ultimate bada** -- an action star with a flair for comedy, one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time and a true family man. He continues to captivate his audience worldwide and we are thrilled to celebrate him with the Generation Award."

LUANN DE LESSEPS RELEASES NEW SINGLE: Real Housewives of New York City star Luann de Lesseps has released a new single, "Feelin’ Jovani." The dance track features spoken word singing. Jovani makes prom and evening wear; the video also stars fellow Real Housewives Cynthia Bailey and Lisa Rinna, and Andy Cohen makes an appearance too.

TIFFANY HADDISH OPENS UP ABOUT FOSTER CARE: Tiffany Haddish sat down with David Letterman for the third episode of My Guest Needs No Introduction, and discussed her difficult family life when she was a child. She explains that her drive to perform helped her survive after her mother had a debilitating car accident when she was just 9 years old. As the eldest of five, she had to keep the family going. At 12, she was placed in foster care. "I didn't want to be with my mom no more, because she had become very violent and verbally abusive," said Haddish. "You never knew who she was going to be; I was begging my mom to go live with my grandma." She continued: "You're dropped in these strangers' houses, you don't know these people, these people don't know you, you don't know if they're gonna hurt you, if they're gonna be kind, you don't have a clue what's going on."

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Plagiarizing Principal Who Copied Kutcher Speech Is Suspended for 5 Days 

Plagiarizing Principal Who Copied Kutcher Speech Is Suspended for 5 Days <div>A West Virginia high school principal has been suspended without pay for five days due to plagiarism, according to the Associated Press. When Parkersburg High School Principal Kenny DeMoss spoke to his school’s graduating class, he seemed to use …

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Woman Seeks Temporary Restraining Orders Against Beyoncé & Drake

Woman Seeks Temporary Restraining Orders Against Beyoncé & Drake A woman recently sought temporary restraining orders against performers Beyoncé and Drake, claiming she was propositioned by both. According to documents obtained by <i>The Blast, </i>the woman claims Queen Bey and husband JAy-Z approached her for a threesome after seeing her on the …

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