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‘Friends’ says goodbye to Matthew Perry
More than two weeks after Matthew Perry’s death, she Friendsco-stars paid tribute to their late friend on social media.
“Saying goodbye to our Matty was a wave of emotions that I have never experienced before. We all experience loss somewhere in our lives, loss of life or loss of love,” said Jennifer Aniston, who plays the role of Rachel Green in Friends performed, wrote on Instagram.
“We loved him deeply, he was part of our DNA. It has always been the six of us. This was a chosen family that determined the direction of our lives.”
The rest of the Friends-actors, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox and Matt LeBlanc, also poured out their hearts this week in memory of Matthew.
“Thank you for ten incredible years of laughter and creativity. You had ‘heart’, which you shared with us, so that we could form a family of six strangers,” writes David.
“Thank you for the best 10 years a person can have. Thank you for trusting me. Thank you for the grace and love that I have come to know through knowing you. Thank you for the time I was able to have with you,” Lisa’s message read.
Courteney, who played Matthew’s wife in the series, shared a video of one of their scenes together with a special message: “I am so grateful for every moment I had with you, Matty. I long for you every day.”
“It is with a heavy heart that I greet you. The times we had together were some of the best times of my life. It was an honor to share the stage with you, and to be able to call you my friend,” writes Matt, who played Matthew’s best friend in the series.
“I always smile when I think of you. I will never forget you. Never. Spread your wings, my brother, and fly, you are finally free.”
Ex-girlfriend claims chat rhymer raped her
The chat rhymer, Sean “Diddy” Combs (54), was accused by his ex-girlfriend, Casandra Ventura (37), of rape and abuse.
These allegations came to light when Ventura filed a lawsuit in New York against Combs earlier this week. Ventura, who is a singer herself and was signed to Combs’ record label, claims that he “raped and physically abused her over a decade”.
This estranged couple was in a relationship from 2007 to 2018.
“After years in silence and darkness, I am ready to tell my story. Not only for myself, but also for other women who experience violence and abuse in their relationships,” Ventura said in a statement that The New York Times published.
In the lawsuit, Ventura claims that Combs began exerting a “pattern of power” over her shortly after they met in 2005. She was 19 at the time and Combs was in his thirties. She also claims that he drugged and beat her numerous times. She also says that he forced her to have sexual intercourse with male sex workers, and that he filmed these incidents.
Combs maintains that there is no truth to Ventura’s claims.
“Combs strongly denies these offensive and outrageous allegations,” Ben Brafman, Combs’ legal representative, said in a recent statement.
“For the past six months, Combs has been subjected to Ventura’s persistent demands of $30 million (about R550 million), under the threat that she would write a damaging book about their relationship. We reject this as blatant extortion.
“Despite Ventura withdrawing her threat, she has now decided to file a summons riddled with baseless and outrageous lies, with the aim of tarnishing Combs’ reputation and seeking payment.”
Disney Channel twins back in the spotlight
The Suite Life on Deck ‘s Dylan and Cole Sprouse had a dinner date this week, and fans made sure they didn’t forget it.
The 31-year-old twins rose to fame as children with their Disney Channel series, The Suite Life of Zack & Codywhich began airing in 2005, and The Suite Life on Deck, which has been on the box since 2008. They have also acted in Hollywood films like The Prince and the Pauper, Big Daddy and Just for Kicks appear. Cole was also in the hit series as a little boy, Friendsappearing as Ben Geller.
In one of The Suite Life on Deck-episodes that aired in 2009, the twins tried to make a dinner reservation at an exclusive Italian restaurant. They were turned away and told that they would only get an appointment on 16 November 2023, a date that passed this week. Something that fans Dylan and Cole thoroughly reminded of.
In celebration of this important Disney Channel date, Disney has uploaded the full-length episode in which the appointment is made to their YouTube channel. Get nostalgic and watch the episode here:
Additional resources: People, BBC News, Hollywood Life.