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Jamie-Lynn Sigler thought 'people are only attracted to you when you?re perfect'
Added 215 days agoSource: CeleBitchy
Jamie-Lynn Sigler thought  'people are only attracted to you when you?re perfect'
Jamie-Lynn Sigler, aka Meadow Soprano, is now 42 years old and has two sons with her husband Cutter Dykstra, Beau, 10, and Jack, five. After originally presenting symptoms in 2000, Sigler was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2001, when she was just 20 years old. Jamie-Lynn first revealed her diagnosis in 2016, sharing that she?d been careful to hide her condition from her coworkers for 15 years. In fact, Jamie-Lynn was so nervous about making her MS public that she was too scared to look at her phone after the news dropped. Those fears were quickly alleviated when the reaction was one of overwhelming support. That was a watershed moment for Jamie-Lynn that led to self-acceptance and unlocked her superpower: vulnerability.

On the morning of Jan. 20, 2016, Jamie-Lynn Sigler was a nervous wreck. She had just married her fianc of almost three years, baseball player Cutter Dykstra, and was awaiting the new issue of PEOPLE, in which they had shared exclusive photos and details of their big day.

But she was also revealing an even bigger secret. For almost 15 years the Sopranos alum had been quietly dealing with the debilitating symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), a degenerative autoimmune disease that damages the central nervous system.

When the issue hit newsstands, Sigler was afraid to look at her phone but quickly discovered an overwhelming outpouring of positive support.

?It was a big moment for me, because it was the beginning of this journey of self-reflection and self-acceptance,? she says. ?I grew up with this idea that people are only going to be attracted to you when you?re perfect, and it?s quite the opposite. MS gave me my superpower, which is vulnerability, because the more raw and real and open I am ? and this has forced me to be that ? the more beautiful connections are.?

While she has trouble walking for long periods of time and cannot run, ?I can still accomplish the things that I want to do, whether it be at work or at home,? she says.

[From People]

That is such a wonderful attitude, and sign of maturity. I know this doesn?t apply to everyone, but I think when we?re younger, we tend to have this nave worldview about standards, expectations, and what constitutes ?perfection.? We put a lot of pressure on ourselves as a result. When we?re kids, we care about pleasing our parents. As we get older and into our teenage years, we want our friends to like us. As young adults, we might stop caring so much about what others think about us, but we still may privately compare ourselves to our peers in terms of looks, career, relationships, fashion, etc.

When my older son was born, I suddenly felt like I had to stifle parts of my personality because I was a loud-mouthed NY native who was still fairly new to living in the South. I didn?t want to embarrass him or have other moms think I was weird. It took me years to work out that honestly, we?re all a little bit weird in our own ways, lol. I?m happier just being myself and theres no set rules on what people are or arent attracted to. There really is something to be said about that moment when you accept yourself for all of your strengths, flaws, and vulnerabilities. It?s very empowering. I?m really glad that Jamie-Lynn is in a good place now and wish her all of the best in the years to come.

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Shakira struck a last-minute plea deal in her years-long tax fraud case
Added 215 days agoSource: CeleBitchy
Shakira struck a last-minute plea deal in her years-long tax fraud case
For five years now, the Spanish tax authorities have been on Shakira?s ass. They?ve opened up several investigations, charged her with tax fraud in several jurisdictions, made public statements about Shakira, and it all had the feel of a targeted campaign. Especially after Shakira gave a sort of epic interview last year, where she explained, in detail, why her relationship with Gerard Pique fell apart and why she has every confidence in her accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She talked a lot about how she was sick and tired of being the latest celebrity targeted by the Spanish tax authorities and she promised to fight back with her extensive record-keeping. But she moved to Miami and she?s basically like ?nah, I don?t want to deal with this sh-t anymore,? so she made some kind of plea deal.

After having maintained her innocence for nearly five years, pop star Shakira struck a last-minute deal on the opening day of her tax fraud trial in Barcelona to avoid the risk of going to prison.

Shakira told the presiding magistrate, Jos Manuel del Amo, on Monday that she accepted the agreement reached with prosecutors. She answered ?yes? to confirm her acknowledgment of six counts of failing to pay the Spanish government 14.5 million euros (about $15.8 million) in taxes between 2012 and 2014. The trial, which was expected to include more than 100 witnesses over several weeks, was instead called off after just eight minutes.

Under the deal, Shakira is to receive a suspended three-year sentence and to pay a fine of 7.3 million euros ($8 million) in addition to the previously unpaid taxes and interest. She will pay another fine of 432,000 euros ($472,000) in exchange for having her prison sentence waived.

However, she now has it on her legal record that she was found guilty of tax fraud, which could affect another pending tax case.

The fraud allegations had hinged on where Shakira, now 46, lived during 2012-14. Prosecutors in Barcelona alleged the Colombian singer spent more than half of that period in Spain and therefore should have paid taxes on her worldwide income there even though her official residence was still in the Bahamas. Tax rates are much lower in the Bahamas than in Spain.

Shakira said in a statement provided by her public relations firm that she had wanted to fight on but put her family, career and peace of mind first.

?I have made the decision to finally resolve this matter with the best interest of my kids at heart who do not want to see their mom sacrifice her personal well-being in this fight,? she said. ?I need to move past the stress and emotional toll of the last several years and focus on the things I love, my kids and all the opportunities to come in my career.?

[From The Associated Press]

I?m kind of bummed that she didn?t fight, which is what she promised to do. She made the Spanish tax authorities sound corrupt and desperate and she made it sound like she would fight the good fight. But I also understand why she would just feel like putting an end to her Spain chapter. She lived in Spain for years to support Pique and all he did was cheat on her and treat her like garbage. She wanted a new life and a new chapter. I mean, I wouldn?t want to give up $24 million for a situation I found so dodgy, but maybe this speaks to what kind of extensive wealth Shakira really has.

Photos courtesy of Cover Images.

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