So brave! The 16-year-old made her first public appearance since her traumatic kidnapping experience, showing up unexpectedly at a fundraiser to benefit her and her late mother and brother on August 15.
Hannah Anderson, survivor of the tragic August 3 murder/kidnapping case, attended a fundraiser to help cover the funeral expenses of her mother and brother. Amanda made no statement to the press as she walked into the Boll Weevil restaurant in Lakeside, Calif., in her first appearance in public since she returned home and reunited with her father.
Hannah Anderson At Fundraiser For Family — Kidnapping Victim’s 1st Appearance
Ever since she was rescued by FBI agents who shot and killed her suspected abductor, family friend James DiMaggio,over the weekend, Hannah has been very open about her experience. She even started a social media account on ask.fm to answer personal questions about her horrific ordeal, but later disabled the account.
Hannah was so strong when she attended the fundraiser with her grandparents, Sara and Ralph Britt, and her father, Brett Anderson, who spoke to the press on her behalf, according to ABC News.
“Hannah sends her love,” Brett told reporters at the event. “She’s doing good day by day. And we’ll just keep moving forward from here. Right now, we’re just looking for her future and [to] get her settled.”
The fundraiser was held to benefit Hannah and to help pay for the funerals of her mother, Christina Anderson, 44, and brother, Ethan, 8, who police believe were killed by James before he allegedly kidnapped Hannah.
Hannah Anderson On Ask.fm — Kidnapping Victim Calls Abductor ‘Psycho’
Just days after the horrific crimes against Hannah and her family, she took to ask.fm to answer questions about her experience.
Most of the “questions” on Hannah’s page were well-wishes coming to her from around the world, to which she responded with brief thank yous. But she also revealed some of the harrowing details of her kidnapping.
One user asked how Hannah’s mother and brother ended up at James’ house: ”So your mom and [Ethan] were just at his house for no reason and the thing went off and they caught [on] fire and burned?”
Hannah explained that she felt tricked by James:
He told us he was losing his house because of money issues so we went up there one last time to support him, and to have fun riding go karts up there but he tricked us.
After one user wanted clarification, asking “the news said your were with him willingly? Were you?”, Hannah revealed, “No not at all.”
Another user asked, “how did he separate you from your mother and brother?” Hannah, who seemed unenthusiastic about answering the questions in great detail, revealed:
He tied them up in the garage. I’m done answering questions about it so don’t bother asking.
She did not want to talk about James very much “because he’s a psycho,” she said.
WATCH: Hannah Anderson Appears At Fundraiser For Her Family
What an intense episode this was! Not only was there drama between the designers, but a special guest came back!
The Aug. 15 episode of Project Runway was a whirlwind! Everyone was pretty relieved to have Sandro gone, so they could finally have some peace and quiet. The designers were in for a treat, though, when they found out their challenge!
The Lexus Challenge
The designers had to meet in the Meatpacking District at Gansevoort Plaza, where Tim Gunn and Brian Bolain, corporate manager for Lexus, were waiting for the designers. Behind them were brand new 2014 Lexus sedans, which the designers later found out would be used as their means of transportation. The designers were divided into teams of three, and while some loved this, others hated it. The first team was made up of Alexandria, Sue and Ken — who was very upset that he was put with them! Kate, Jeremy and Karen were all very excited to be together on the second team. Team three was Justin, Dom and Helen. And the last team combined Alexander with Miranda and Bradon.
Each team had to create a luxurious, high-end mini collection from unconventional materials, which is made up of the looks; and each designer was responsible for an individual look. They were given $1,500 to spend on materials and each team had to choose one member to be in charge of that money.
Three different locations were programmed into each team’s car navigation and the team had to pick two out of the three locations to get their materials from. The three choices were: 1. A vintage wallpaper store; 2. A specialty foods store; 3. A combination home goods & party store. Each team had to get their materials from those places and they had only one day to complete the challenge — whoa that is intense!
The Dramatic Challenge
From the very beginning, Ken, Sue, and Alexandria started to bicker. This lead to a ton of fighting in the material stores and in Parsons. As if that isn’t enough drama, Sandro came back to the design room and everyone was completely floored and speechless. Sandro apologized and asks for everyone’s forgiveness and then he singled out Helen and Ken individually to apologize. Helen acted nice to his face but when he left she wasn’t phased and she didn’t really care. Sandro was very upset, everyone hugged him, pretended to be sad, then he left.
When Tim went around to everyone’s tables, he noticed Ken, Alexandria, and Sue were fighting and he tried to give them advice and tell them to work together, but it obviously didn’t help.
This challenge, the prize package was worth $500,000 including a spread in Marie Claire Magazine and $25,000 for L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics — wow that is an unbelievable prize package!
Our fave pieces from the runway were definitely Miranda’s dress — a sleeveless metallic mini dress made out of wallpaper and window blinds — and Jeremy’s strapless pencil dress. which looked like a dress we would wear. The glitter on the sides of the dress were so intricate and beautiful!
The Winners & Losers
The winning team, obviously, was Kate, Jeremy and Karen; they totally deserved it for working together so well.
Bradon, Alexander and Miranda’s team came in a close second.
The losing team — much to the surprise of no one – was Ken, Sue, and Alexandria; they didn’t work together and fought the whole time! It showed in their designs. Sue was singled out though, and sadly enough she was eliminated. Oh well, that’s what you get for not working together.
We can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next episode, can you?
Uh oh! It’s no secret that Taylor is not a big Belieber, and apparently now Justin is coming between the the ‘Red’ singer and her BFF Selena. Read on for more details!
Taylor Swift, 23, knew Justin Bieber was trouble when he walked in, but her best friend Selena Gomez, 21, just won’t listen to her advice! Taylor is finally fed up with Justin and Selena’s on-again, off-again romance, and it is sadly causing a rift between the two gal pals.
Justin Bieber Hates Taylor Swift Trying To Turn Selena Gomez Against Him
Taylor has been trying to stay mum about her dislike for Justin, 19, but it seems like she’s reached her boiling point.
“Taylor hates him. She thinks Selena makes a mistake every time she reconciles with him,” a source tells Us Weekly. “Bieber has really come between the girls.”
We can’t say we’re surprised that Taylor feels this way — especially after she dissed the Biebs spectacularly at the Billboard Music Awards back in May — but apparently the feeling is mutual for Justin.
“He complains Taylor’s always telling Selena she can do better,” a source close to the Believe singer tells Us.
Taylor Swift Won’t Bad Mouth Justin Bieber Anymore
Just because Selena may be reconciling with Justin, that doesn’t mean Taylor has to hang out with him! A source close to Taylor tells us that she contemplated flying into Los Angeles for Selena’s 21st birthday party July 27, but decided against it to avoid running into Justin.
“Taylor was talking about how she'll be on a super tight schedule on Saturday night because she has a show and she wants to get to Selena's birthday party,” the source explains. “She was talking about flying out right after her show. She's not going to want to be there if Justin is there, it's so awkward between them now.”
Even though Taylor missed Selena’s party, Taylor’s rep says the two girls are still “great friends who talk almost daily.”
Taylor has been trying her best to keep her feelings about Justin to herself for the sake of her friendship with Selena.
“She’s not saying anything to Selena at the moment about Justin,” the source reveals. “Taylor knows that Selena knows how she feels, so it’s not worth wasting her breath.”
The source adds, “She still thinks he’s [not right for Selena], but it’s not her place to alienate a friend.”
HollywoodLifers, do YOU think Justin has a right to be mad at Taylor? Let us know!
Gia’s fans were shocked when news broke that the former star of ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelor Pad’ died on August 14 after trying to hang herself — but some of her closest friends reportedly saw the red flags before her death. Read on for more details.
After Gia Allemanddied on August 14, some of her friends are coming forward to say that the stunning model had long suffered from depression, and that a rift with her boyfriend, Ryan Anderson, may have driven her over the edge.
Gia Allemand’s Depression — ‘Bachelor’ Star’s Tragic Suicide Death
Gia’s friends say she was upset that her boyfriend, New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan, hadn’t proposed to her yet, according to a new report from Us Weekly.
Ryan, who found Gia, 29, unconscious and hanging in her home, rushed her to the hospital on August 12 and stayed by her side until the end.
Despite Ryan’s apparent devotion to Gia, she was convinced that he wanted to end their relationship, and she had been making plans to move out of their New Orleans home and relocate to New York City before her death, according to a friend of Gia’s.
“I’m not that shocked [by her suicide], because of her ups and downs,” the friend the New York Post. “She fell victim to her own perfection and they were having problems.”
Another friend told the Post that Gia, who rose to fame on season 14 of The Bachelor, had substances abuse issues with prescription drugs.
“The first thing everyone thought was prescription drugs,” the friend said.
How incredibly tragic. It sounds like Gia was really troubled, but no one was able to help her in time.
Gia Allemand Suicide — Why ‘The Bachelor’ Star Took Her Life
Despite Gia and Ryan’s recent troubles, another insider told Radar Online that they were a “happy couple” overall.
"It's unfair to categorize their relationship as rocky, but in the weeks leading up to her death they did have their first major fight," the source said. "And because their relationship was so solid for the most part, Gia had expressed her sadness that Ryan hadn't proposed to her yet, telling friends she was upset over it."
After Gia’s death, Ryan released an emotional statement:
I'm deeply grateful for all the love and support we have received from family, friends and fans. Gia was the most beautiful person I knew inside and out and she always smiled and made everyone else around her smile. She had such an amazing impact on my life and anyone that knew her was blessed. All I have left is to cherish those memories we made together and help perpetuate the many values, faith and love that we shared.
Well, whatever was going on between Ryan and Gia, it sounds like he truly loved her. Our thoughts go out to Ryan and Gia’s friends and family during this difficult time.
Rob has been keeping some unusual company since his split from ex Kristen Stewart, and now we can add former ‘O.C.’ star Mischa to that list. But are they just friends or something more? Read on for all the details!
Mischa Barton & Robert Pattinson: Dating? — Just Friends Or Something More?
Rob has been keeping busy by hosting some intimate gatherings with his inner circle of friends — which now includes Mischa, according to E! News.
R-Patz has been going through a difficult time since his split from Kristen, and he can probably relate to Mischa, who also recently went through a breakup with former boyfriend Sebastian Knapp.
“He [Rob] is very low-key and just wants to be with friends right now,” an insider tells E! News.
“He is extremely cool and laid-back and hasn’t been overly flirting with lots of girls or anything. He just wants to enjoy himself and be with good people.”
It sounds like Rob isn’t looking for a relationship, but his friendship with Mischa could easily develop into something more. They definitely have a few things in common. Mischa is also known for being pretty low-key — she has even said she was referred to as “the shy one” when she was younger — so Rob, a notorious introvert, probably identifies with her in that way as well.
Could a new romance be budding between Mischa and Rob?
Robert Pattinson Moves To Beverly Hills To Avoid Kristen Stewart
Rob has been making new friends like Mischa in an effort to move on from his life with Kristen. He also decided to leave the past behind him by moving to a totally brand new home, a friend of Rob's tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
"Rob has moved out of the Los Feliz area to get away from Kristen and her friends," the source says. "There were too many memories there for him."
Jane Richard’s recovery is bittersweet after the loss of her brother in the same tragedy, but she is making major progress in being able to walk again. Not only is she walking, she’s back to doing what she loves — dancing.
Jane Richard, 7, tragically lost her left leg in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings that took her 8-year-old brother Martin Richard‘s life. In a happy update to the story, Jane has been released from the hospital and is walking again with the help of a prosthetic leg. Her family has revealed wonderful updates in the girl’s recovery.
Jane Richard Update — Young Boston Bombing Victim Released From Hospital
Jane Richard has gone through 12 surgeries in the four months following the horrible Boston Marathon bombings. She was released from the hospital a few weeks ago, but her family is now releasing photos of the girl learning to walk again with crutches and a prosthetic leg.
On August 15, the Richards family released a touching statement. While they mourn the loss of their son Martin, they are grateful that their little girl is making inspiring progress:
As so many things have been, returning home without Martin certainly made that important milestone bittersweet, but we know he was with us, as he is every moment of every day.
An hour doesn’t go by that we don’t feel the agony of Martin’s death and the senseless way it came about. The pain is constant and even the sweetest moments can become heartbreaking when we are struck by the realization that “Martin would have loved this…”
But it is not all heartbreak for our family, as we are making progress on this long, difficult and painful road forward… Jane continues to be an incredible source of inspiration – and exhaustion. The loss of her leg has not slowed her one bit, or deterred her in any way.
Jane Richard Is Dancing Again
Jane is not able to wear her prosthetic leg all the time, but her family reveals that when she does, “she struts around on it with great pride and a total sense of accomplishment.”
Jane, who has been an Irish dancer for years, is also back to dancing again. “Watching her dance with her new leg, which has her weight primarily on the other leg, is absolutely priceless,” her family says in their statement.
Lea is still struggling with the tragic death of her beloved boyfriend Cory Monteith. Fortunately, the ‘Glee’ actress has a strong support system, and she has been taking comfort in the small things — including the films of her favorite performer, Barbra. Read on for all the EXCLUSIVE details about what’s making Lea smile.
As a self-described Barbra Streisand worshipper, Lea Michele is finding joy and laughter in her favorite performer’s films. Lea’s close friend and Spring Awakenings co-star Remy Zaken also helped her find some happiness during these challenging times without Cory Monteith, who died from an overdose a little over a month ago.
Lea Michele: Barbra Streisand Movies Are ‘Healing’ After Cory Monteith’s Death
Lea has had a rough time over the past few weeks, but her loved ones have been helping her work through her grief.
“Lea has the most amazing friends who have been supporting her nonstop since the tragic passing of Cory,” a friend of Lea’s tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
“Lea and her closest friends have been watching tons of Barbra Streisand movies, like Funny Girl and What’s Up Doc, to lift her spirits. They make her laugh, which has been really healing for her.”
On August 14, Lea tweeted, “Got this in the mail yesterday from my girl @remyzaken..Made me smile :),” along with a photo of a Funny Girl Playbill featuring Barbra.
We’re so glad Lea is able to smile again in the midst of so much suffering. We hope she’s feeling better!
Lea Michele Is A Longtime Barbra Streisand Fan
On her Twitter page, Lea describes herself as an “Actor, Singer, Streisand Worshipper and New Yorker.”
“She has always celebrated Barbra’s birthday,” an insider told us EXCLUSIVELY.
“One of Lea's biggest dreams is to star in a remake of Funny Girl, which was Barbra's first movie role,” Lea's friend reveals. “In fact, one of Lea's other biggest dreams is to have Barbra actually be on Glee, where the two could perform the song 'Evergreen' together.”
It’s so great that Barbra’s film legacy is helping Lea heal, and we hope she will one day have the chance to sing with her idol.
What do YOU think HollywoodLifers, would you like to see Lea and Barbra sing together on Glee?