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Sharon Osbourne’s Comments On Adele’s Weight Loss Are Beyond Tone-Deaf

The ultimate backhanded compliment.

By now, most of the pop culture obsessed world is aware that yes – Adele looks very different these days. This year, Adele debuted a major weight loss transformation, and while she’s yet to publicly comment on it, it seems that every man and his dog is keen to give their two cents, including Sharon Osbourne. Hear all the details below:

On a recent episode of The Talk, Osbourne and her co-hosts discuss a photo Adele recently posted to Instagram to celebrate her birthday.

Osbourne started by praising Adele, saying she looks “absolutely fantastic.” But, it didn’t take long for the compliment to become backhanded – and quite frankly, tone-deaf.

She went on to say that she doesn’t believe “really big women” are “really happy in their body.” Osbourne reflected on her own weight loss, saying, “I was really, really big and I wasn’t happy.”

“Sure, on the surface…but at night, in bed, alone, I was very unhappy,” she added

It’s totally fair for Sharon Osbourne to speak from personal experience, but to say that all “big women” aren’t actually happy in their appearance is a bit of a generalisation. 

Thankfully, she also had some genuinely nice things to say about Adele’s weight loss journey. “I am happy for [Adele] and everybody should be happy for her, because it was her choice,” she said. “She didn’t do it for anybody but herself. And so everybody should be happy for her.”

Sharon Osbourne is right – Adele’s decisions about her own health and wellbeing are incredibly personal, yet that hasn’t stopped people from speculating about her weight loss ‘secrets,’ diet, fitness regimes and even the possibility of cosmetic surgery.

There’s been so much conversation on whether Adele “looks better” before or after her weight loss, but it shouldn’t matter and most importantly, it’s really none of our business.

As one Twitter user put it, “Your weight doesn’t determine your beauty. Your appearance doesn’t determine your beauty. The number on the scale doesn’t make you worthy or unworthy.”

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Glee's Heather Morris Reveals The Backlash She Faced After Nude Photo Leak

And the "snide comments" from her co-stars.

When nude photos of celebrities are leaked and hit the headlines, there’s a media frenzy and sometimes lawyers get involved. But what happens a decade after those photos are released? Glee star Heather Morris recently took to Instagram to explain the impact her nude photo leak had – and is still having – on her life and self-confidence.

This week, Morris posted a bikini-clad mirror selfie with a lengthy caption which began, “Over 10 years ago, some nude photos were leaked of me and many other actresses in the industry.”

“To say I was MORTIFIED is an understatement; my body was and still is part of my job and I felt like I couldn’t even walk around my workplace thinking that everyone had seen every single piece of me,” she explained.

The Glee star also added that she even received “a couple of snide comments from co-stars…which didn’t help.”

The Glee actress said that after the nude photo leak she “faded away into the abyss” and focussed on motherhood. “Till this day, I’ve been VERY scared about how I display myself and definitely still don’t feel 100% comfortable in anything risque.”

After explaining the benefits of her new training regime, Morris wrote, “I just want to say…Iet’s not anyone feel ashamed of who we are and just go kick some ass when we want to and feel good about ourselves, okay!!?”

It was so brave for Heather Morris to speak out about what must have been an incredibly difficult experience and it shines a light on life after the invasion of privacy.

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In 2014, almost 500 private pictures of various celebrity women were posted to the website 4chan and shared across multiple platforms. The event – later dubbed ‘The Fappening’ – affected female celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and more, and was widely condemned by fellow Hollywood heavyweights. 

Apple, Google and the FBI became involved in an extensive investigation, leading to multiple guilty pleas and prison time. 

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Jennifer Lawrence called the leak a “sex crime” and said “anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offense and you should cower with shame.” 

Taking or distributing someone’s photos or videos without consent is a criminal offence and can have a devastating impact on the personal and public lives of victims. It’s so comforting to see someone like Glee’s Heather Morris come out on the other side happy, confident and unashamed.

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NSW Pubs Are Reopening, But Don’t Start Planning A Post-COVID Crawl Just Yet

You'll have to wait a little lager.

Last week, the Australian government introduced a three-step framework to continue the country’s COVID-19 restrictions – as part of that, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced that pubs and clubs in the state will reopen from this Friday, the 15th of May – but don’t get too excited.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet confirmed that pubs and clubs – as well as cafes and restaurants – will be able to open, however they must adhere to strict social distancing rules with a limit of 10 customers at any given time. Hear all the details below:

“We appreciate that many large venues won’t be viable and won’t choose to open but it’s only up to 10 people per venue,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters. “Even if there [are] multiple rooms or multiple facilities in a venue, it’s only up to 10 people in one venue.”

Unfortunately, that means you’ll have to put your epic post-COVID pub crawl on hold for the time being. 

Bars and gaming facilities will also remain closed, however table service of booze – ordered with a meal – will be allowed.

The question is: is opening for only 10 customers a viable business option for NSW pubs and clubs?

“Some venues will have to make a fairly serious business consideration in regard to whether they do open,” John Green, the Director of Liquor and Policing for the Australian Hotels Association told TODAY. “There are a lot of people out of work, there are expenses. For an average pub in NSW, it’s costing them $30-35,000 to stay closed.”

“Ten patrons isn’t many but it’s the first step in a long process getting trading back up and running,” he said.

As well as the easing of restrictions, grassroots campaign Local Rain Check is helping small businesses survive the pandemic downturn. The website allows customers to purchase a ‘rain check’ for their favourite pub, restaurant or cafe – the money goes straight to the business owner, and in return, you get a gift voucher you can redeem after the restrictions are lifted. 

The pandemic has had a devastating impact on Australia’s hospitality industry, but these initiatives and our hard work to get those restrictions lifted is a step in the right direction. 

As of the 13th of May, there are 6,975 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia but only 13 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours. Together, we can continue flattening that curve, and staying healthy and safe to ensure Australia returns to normality as soon as possible.

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