Katy Perry opened up about her plans for the future, including non-traditional ideas for a family in an interview this week.
The 29-year-old pop star comes from a Christian background, with both parents becoming evangelical pastors during her childhood. In more recent years however, Perry has renounced her religious upbringing, even admitting that she is no longer a Christian today. In another deviation from her childhood, the singer said this week that she wants children someday, whether there is a man in her life or not.
Sherri Shepherd and her estranged husband Lamar Sally are yet to determine custody arrangements for their unborn surrogate baby.
The pair, who separated in May, are expecting a baby together via a surrogate, however, their separation has complicated matters and ultimately sparked a legal fight. The unborn baby was conceived using Sally's sperm but not "The View" co-host's egg.
Ariana Grande is an inspiration to many but she wasn't always so comfortable in the spotlight and even with herself. Grande admitted in a new interview that the hardest thing she ever did was severing all contact with her father, Edward Butera.
"It's private, but it happened last year. It took me so long to be okay with it," Grande told "Seventeen" magazine. "The thing that got me there was embracing the fact that I am made up of half my dad, and a lot of traits come from him. So much of me comes from my father, and for so long, I didn't like that about myself. I had to accept that it's okay not to get along with somebody and still love them."
Grande is the granddaughter of Frank Grande, who she absolutely adored. He was an inspiration to the teen as she worked on Nickelodeon's series "Victorious" and "Sam & Cat." Since then, Grande has been an enormous success, releasing her first single in 2013. It wasn't always easy for the teen to be in the spotlight, though. more >>
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary and revealed the most memorable present they received in 1984. The gift may have been an omen of things to come for the family, which now has 19 children and three grandchildren.
"When Jim Bob and I were setting up our home, we had a beautiful wood table that folded out so that you could add leaves and make it really big. We found it used and just loved it. Of course, when we were first married, we kept it folded down because there were just two chairs and the two of us at the time. So, as a surprise, a sweet elderly couple that lived near us arranged to make us something really special for the table. They were like our adopted grandparents and they lived three doors down from our first honeymoon cottage," Michelle wrote on her blog for TLC.
The elderly couple gave Jim Bob and Michelle a crocheted tablecloth, one that would fit the table, even once it was opened to its full size. more >>
Dr. Kent Brantly is fighting for his life after being infected with the Ebola virus while working with Samaritan's Purse in Liberia. The doctor is listed in grave condition but remains hopeful that God will deliver him from the disease's grip.
"God's going to deliver me from this but even if he doesn't, I have lived my life for him and I have no regrets," Brantly told Kent Smith, an elder at the South Central Alliance Churches in Fort Worth, Texas.
"It's a very stressful time," Brantly's mother, Jan, told Daily Mail. "Kent is a fine young man, very compassionate, doing what he's prepared all his life to do. He's placed his life in the hands of a loving God and our love in that God that sustains us. We pray constantly for him and we solicit the prayer of the whole world. He's a brave man. He's doing what he's doing to serve his God and we are asking people to pray." more >>
The Satanic Temple has issued a new statement regarding the Supreme Court's ruling on the Hobby Lobby case, which allows employers to refuse to cover certain forms of birth control for employees. The Satanic Temple wants to use that ruling in order to exempt its female members from anti-abortion laws.
"While we feel we have a strong case for the exemption regardless of the Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court has decided that religious beliefs are so sacrosanct that they can even trump scientific fact," spokesperson Lucien Greaves said in a press release. "This was made clear when they allowed Hobby Lobby to claim certain contraceptives were abortifacients, which in fact, they are not."
The Satanic Temple based its case on the belief of "the best scientific understanding of the world, regardless of the religious or political beliefs of others." more >>