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Why It's So Complicated Talking About Kobe Bryant's Past

No one underestimates how incredible of an athlete, father and husband he was.

The world was rocked over the weekend with the news that 41-year-old former Lakers basketball player Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna ‘Gigi’ Bryant had been killed in a helicopter crash.

Listen to the GOAT team unpack Kobe Bryant’s life and complicated past in the most recent episode of It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

Bryant and his daughter were among nine people killed in the crash, which occurred in Calabasas, California on Sunday morning.

Following Bryant’s tragic death, words of condolence began flooding social media from his famous friends and fans, and the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards featured numerous tributes to the late great NBA legend in both performances and speeches.

Despite a lasting legacy and a career full of countless highs, Bryant also experienced lows throughout his life, including accusations of sexual assault in 2003.

The case was eventually dropped when Bryant’s accuser refused to testify and was later settled out of court after the woman filed a separate civil suit against him in 2004.

In his apology to the woman, Bryant said, “Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognise now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did. After months of reviewing discovery, listening to her attorney, and even her testimony in person, I now understand how she feels that she did not consent to this encounter.”

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After news of Bryant’s death broke, Felicia Sonmez – a reporter for The Washington Post – was suspended after she tweeted an old article about the NBA player being accused of sexual assault.

Credit: Twitter

Sonmez’s tweet, and subsequent suspension, lead to a heated social media debate about people either completely ignoring Bryant’s sexual assault case, or making it their only focus.

Danielle Cadet, the Managing Editor of Refinery29, put it best when she tweeted, “It’s possible to feel overwhelming sadness for Vanessa Bryant and her remaining daughters AND acknowledge Kobe Bryant as an iconic athlete AND believe victims of sexual violence. It’s complicated. And that’s ok.”

Bryant was an incredible athlete, father, husband and friend, although no human is perfect – and that is something he admitted himself in his 2003 apology. These situations are incredibly nuanced and it is possible to celebrate the life of someone you admire while acknowledging their complicated past.

If you, or anyone you know is a victim of sexual assault, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 1800 RESPECT for support services.

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Robert Pattinson Says He Smells Like A Crayon And I Need To Know Which Colour

Another wild yarn from R-Patz.

Robert Pattinson has gained quite a reputation for spinning wild yarns during interviews, but his most recent comments on his body odour have me truly shaken.

In a recent interview with Allure the star of the upcoming The Batman film said, “Lots of people tell me I smell like a crayon.”

The interviewer – understandably bewildered by this statement – then asked, “Like you’re made of wax?”

To which R-Patz responded, “Yes! Like I’m embalmed.”

I have so many questions. What colour crayon does Pattinson smell like? What brand? Is he using lots of crayons? And most importantly, who are these multiple people who are telling him he smells like crayon!? Is that an insult, or a compliment?

It’s not the first time Robert Pattinson’s scent has come up in conversation. Back in 2009, E! News reported that an unidentified source who worked “very closely” with the actor on New Moon said “he stinks.”

“I mean, it’s awful,” the source said. “He never showers, and it drives people on the set crazy.”

“He completely reeks,” an unidentified crew member added. Yikes.

It’s been over a decade since then, so we can only hope Robert Pattinson has swapped his lack of showering for an obsession with crayons. 

Speaking of celebrity scents, celebrity tattoo artist Lauren Winzer dishes on what Post Malone smells like on It’s Been A Big Day For…below:

During his interview with Allure, Pattinson was also asked about being recently named the “most handsome man” in the world according to science.

“It’s weird,” he said. “I never was really up for the good-looking-guy roles, because I’ve always been quite awkward when meeting people.”

“My Harry Potter role was a good-looking guy, and it was a shock that it was quite easy to get. And then in Twilight, [Edward is] beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. When I turned up for the auditions, I had done a job where I’d dyed my hair black, because I had an inch and a half of roots, and I had waxed my body. And then I had a few months where I’d been drinking beer all day, so I had this hairless, chubby body. I looked like a baby with a wig on.”

Hairless, chubby, waxed or smelling like a crayon – we’ll take Robert Pattinson any which way.

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