Looking Back: What Hillary Had to Say About the Lewinsky Scandal

Bill and Hillary Clinton were together since their paths first crossed when both of them were in their early 20s – decades before either of them would see any political power. Story has it, Bill and Hillary were a cliched tale of a “love at first sign” relationship. The two met at the library at Yale University while they were studying towards their legal degrees. After exchanging a few looks the two got introduced and started dating almost immediately and the rest is history.

About 20 years after the lovebirds wed, Bill was elected into the oval office where he served two terms between 1993 and 2001. His time as president was quite eventful, but this article will focus on what is (unfortunately for him) the most memorable event of his presidency – the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the mid-90s, then you’re well aware of the affair that went down (pun intended) between Bill and Monica. Long story short, the White House hired Monica Lewinsky, a recent college graduate, to work as an intern alongside the President’s staff. While working in the White House, Monica began to develop a “personal” relationship with president Clinton, which eventually turned sexual. Understandably, Monica wanted to share her experiences with who she thought was a close friend, but her confidant ended up recording all of their phone conversations and eventually leaking them to the press.

Although Bill tried his best to deny the allegations at first, the affair was somewhat of an open secret among White House staffers. In fact, a vast majority of the White House was aware of what was going on months (if not years) before the scandal made national news. Once the media frenzy did break out, Hillary’s temper was notoriously short, which is understandable considering her position.

According to a book by White House reporter Kate Andersen Brower, the mood in the White House changed significantly once the story began to populate the media. A maid reports that “you could feel the sadness” in the family’s private living quarters. Relations were so tense, that Hillary often missed appointments and made Bill sleep on a couch in their study – likely making him the first president to be sent to the doghouse for months on end.

Other employees remember Hilary becoming very tense. According to one storeroom manager, Hillary was so overwhelmed with the scandal, that “if you said something [wrong] she would snap.” Despite the devastating fallout, however, Hillary remained by Bill’s side, and the two are still together to this day. Many questioned her judgment, but Bill and Hillary were a powerful team, their politics were their legacy so Hillary decided to tough it out. Chances are that if she left him in 1998, it would likely be the end of his presidency and the blame would be shifted to her.

In her memoir, Hillary writes that the Lewinsky scandal was a source of great turmoil for her and their then 18-year-old daughter. “These were terrible moments for all of us. I didn’t know whether our marriage could — or should — survive such a stinging betrayal, but I knew I had to work through my feelings carefully, on my own timetable.”

As devastating as the scandal was, it ironically ended up benefiting Hillary in the long term. Years after the fallout, the public opinion on Hillary has shifted, and many now consider her “strong, intelligent, brave, and loyal.” These features, along with her strong political ambitions eventually led to her securing the Democratic nomination, putting her in the running to be the first ever female president of the United States.

How Bill & Hillary Clinton Met

Before becoming one of the most powerful political couples in the world, Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham (now Clinton) both attended Yale University law school where the two constantly ran into one another. At the time they met (some time in 1970), Hillary was 23 and Bill was 24. Story has it that the lovebirds would share multiple campus encounters before Hillary would finally make the first move.

As told from Hillary’s point of view, the two exchanged a number of flirtatious looks at the Yale library before she decided to approach him. Years later, in a media interview, Hillary recalled waking up to Bill and confronting him – “if you’re going to keep looking at me, and I’m going to keep looking back, we might as well be introduced — I’m Hillary Rodham.” As far as Bill’s recollection of the event goes – he was so taken aback by her straightforwardness, that he was at a loss for words and had to mumble his own name back.

Despite the rough introduction, the two seemingly hit it off right away. Just a few days after their first meeting the young couple went on their first date. The date obviously went well, and the couple continued to casually see each other, eventually becoming inseparable. Their relationship was going so well that Bill decided to put his plans of becoming a coordinator for the George McGovern presidential campaign on hold, in order to move in with Hillary just a month or so after meeting her.

A few years later, the couple graduated from Yale and their relationship was going stronger than ever. To celebrate their graduation, the lovebirds decided to travel to Europe. Shortly after landing in London, and walking about the popular tourist hot spots, the couple found themselves on the shore of Lake Ennerdale, where Bill finally popped the question.

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What many people don’t realize is that Hillary actually said no that day, but Bill didn’t give up. Hillary said that he would go on to propose again and again, getting the same polite “not now,” rejection out of Ms. Rodham. In order to finally get a yes out of Hillary, Bill had to get creative.

Another year later, the couple moved to Arkansas, where the two were in limbo between their academics and careers. Before committing to a career path, Hillary decided to take another trip home to Chicago to visit friends and scope out potential career opportunities over there. On the way to the airport, the couple passed a small red brick house with a ‘For Sale’ sign and Hillary made an offhand remark about it being “a sweet-looking little house.”

When Hillary came back from her trip, Bill was waiting in the airport to pick her up, with his final wooing attempt up his sleeve. “Remember that house you liked?” he asked. Turns out that while she was in Chicago visiting friends he put down a deposit on the home and took out a mortgage. “You better marry me, because I can’t live in it by myself,” he said, presenting her with an engagement ring. This time, Hillary finally said yes.

The couple tied the knot on October 11, 1975 in a small living room ceremony. Aside from a local minister and his wife, Bill and Hillary had a short guest list of 15 of their closest friends and family members in attendance. Following the intimate ceremony, a few hundred others gathered to celebrate in their backyard. Five years after the two said their vows, their first and only daughter, Chelsea Clinton was born.

The Meaning Behind Penn Jillette’s Red Fingernail

Penn Fraser Jillette is a talented American entertainer. He is sort of a jack-of-all trades when it comes to performing. Jillette is a musician, comedian, inventor, juggler, actor and a writer, but he is likely best known for being half of the comedy magician duo – Penn & Teller. The duo has been performing their act since the late 1970s, which has brought them worldwide recognition, not to mention super fat paychecks.

Today, Penn & Teller continue to put on a show, currently headlining in Las Vegas at The Rio. During the majority of their acts, Penn does all of the talking and storytelling, leaving Teller to communicate non-verbally. Over the years, Penn’s personality and storytelling developed, making him beloved by the masses.

Many that have watched Penn perform likely noticed that one of his fingernails on his left hand is always painted red. For years, it was a mystery as to why Penn did this, but he eventually spilled the beans, putting the speculations to rest. Before coming out with the serious answer, Penn joked in an interview (like any self respecting comedian would) that the red nail polish was a reminder of the reporter he shot for asking personal questions.

Eventually he did reveal the mystery, and his reasoning turned out to be very touching. In a tweet back in March of 2012 he said that the nailpolish served as a reminder of his late mother. The story goes back to the very beginning of Penn’s career. As he started to gain popularity and began performing, his mother said that he would need to get a manicure as people would be paying attention to his hands. After that comment, Penn went out and painted all of his fingernails red as a joke. Penn remembers that his mother found it “disgusting,” so he decided to keep the joking running. Obviously he couldn’t go on performing with red nails all of the time, so he decided to leave just one painted in memory of his mother.

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On that same finger, Penn also wears his late father’s ring. Together, the red nail and the ring serve as a reminder of his parents. Penn explains – “I don’t need anything to remember them by, but I like having something to remember them by.” In another interview with Skepticality back in 2012, Penn admitted that at one point he considered changing the meaning behind the red polish, and telling his daugher that it was for her. However, during his appearance on the Chopped Tournament of Stars two years later, Penn told the full story of his mother and said that he kept the meaning in respect for her.

Penn obviously holds his family in high regard, but he also admitted to there being a second use for his red nail. In another interview he confessed that the painted nail also serves as a great misdirection tool when he’s performing magic tricks, especially those involving sleight of hand.

For those interested in replicating the same colour on their fingernails – Penn uses Jelly Apple Red (#054) by Essie.

Amy Schumer is Changing the Face of Comedy

If you haven’t been keeping up, Amy Schumer has been taking the world of comedy by storm. The 35-year-old gained much of her popularity due to the gutty subject matter of her material. If you’re not familiar with her stand-up style, Amy is best known for over sharing the private details of her day to day life. In a GQ interview she explained that her onstage “character” often bleeds through to her real life, although her demeanor is usually far more tame.

That said, there is seemingly no topic that Amy won’t discuss or make jokes about (on or off stage). She often talks about her sex life, and makes a habit of discussing her reproductive organs in great detail without any reservations. It’s this straightforwardness and general “rawness” that makes Amy so appealing to the masses.

Although she is extremely popular now, her comedy career wasn’t always so hot. She admits that it took her nearly 6 years to finally find her niche, and figure out the type of jokes that worked best. She explains that her stand-up provides a voice for women, while at the same time appealing to the male audience, too. In short, she aims to provide a brutally honest and unapologetic voice, and so far she has found great success doing it.

Her stand-up isn’t universally beloved, though. Much of her rawness can come off as crude to some viewers, painting her in an unappealing light. Amy explained that the two subjects that draw the most criticism are sex and food, with sex being especially polarizing. “Just broaching the subject makes people think of you a certain way,” she explains.

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A perfect example of this would be a bit she did about “letting a cab driver finger [her].” Schumer claims that the vivid story is factual, and the material made for a great bit. She also explained that while the jokes could make some people uncomfortable, putting it out there made her feel better, and let other people connect with her.

Despite the conflicting opinions on her comedy, Amy isn’t planning on changing for anyone. She said that receiving criticisms for who she is, is nothing new. “I’ve always had my wrist slapped for being myself,” she said. Regardless of the social situation, be it in school or out in a restaurant, there have always been people that disliked her demeanor. She even had boyfriends come and go because they couldn’t handle her “always on” personality. Granted, Amy isn’t lying to anyone, and in a recent GQ interview she straight up said “don’t invite me anywhere if you don’t want me to be an asshole.”

Regardless of what others have been saying about her, Amy’s confidence is seemingly higher than ever. That said, she seems to think that her time under the spotlight is limited, mainly due to to her being a woman. “I’m not going to shut up. And I think people only want women to speak for so long,” she noted in a GQ interview.

That said, Amy continues to speak out on issues that she feels passionate about, and she isn’t apologizing to anyone for her personality or beliefs. For now, this approach has been refreshing, because it’s not something that you see often in our Hollywood society.

Kim Kardashian West’s Story: On Kanye and Taylor Swift

If you’ve been keeping an eye on social media for the last couple of weeks, then you should be aware of the yet another Kanye and Taylor Swift debacle. The two have a long history, which goes all the way back to the MTV Video Music Awards of 2009. Their feud began when Kanye hopped onstage with Taylor still in the middle of her acceptance speech, and interrupted with the now famous words: “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!”

Shortly after the incident, Kanye publically admitted to being in the wrong on the Jay Leno Show, and eventually extended an apology to Taylor over Twitter. The two seemingly made up, but their relationship remained rocky to say the least. Over the next couple of years both continued to make music, eventually moving on from the incident and portraying a seemingly friendly relationship on social media.

And just as things were starting to go so well, Kanye released The Life of Pablo – an album that included a track named ‘Famous,’ which had a callout to Taylor Swift. The lyrics included the following: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.” Shortly after the release of the song, Taylor displayed her “outrage” over the lyrics that she apparently found demeaning. Kanye came out with a rebuttal, saying that Taylor approved the song long before it was released, claiming that she found it “funny and gave her blessings.”

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Not long after Kanye’s statement, Taylor’s camp came to her rescue and publically denied his allegations, claiming that Kanye didn’t call for approval. Now, the beef would likely end here, had it not been for Kanye’s loyal wife, Kim Kardashian, who on a GQ interview echoed her husband claiming that Taylor was made aware and approved the lyrics. “She totally approved that,” Kim said. “She wanted to all of a sudden act like she didn’t. I swear, my husband gets so much shit for things [when] he really was doing proper protocol and even called to get it approved.”

Kim didn’t stop there, and went on to claim that the conversation was secretly recorded on camera. Turns out she wasn’t bluffing either. Just a few days after the claim, Kim released the video recording of Kanye speaking to Taylor about the song on her Snapchat. Despite being publicly exposed as a liar, Taylor continues to hold her ground, gripping at any threads that are left. Shortly after the release of the recording, Taylor modified her story and said that she never specifically approved the line where Kanye called her a ‘bitch.” She went on to explain that “you can’t approve a song that you haven’t heard.”

Maybe true, but you have to hand it to Kim for standing up for her husband. That said, the video posted by Kim is edited. Snapchat doesn’t allow for long videos, so by default the video was chopped up into shorter clips. It’s hard to know with certainty what actually went down, but it’s entirely possible that Kardashian left out parts that were unfavourable to Kanye. It doesn’t appear that anything Taylor said was doctored in anyway, so for now, Kanye’s story seems to check out. Although both sides have been quiet for now, it’s likely that we’re going to hear more about this soon.

Taylor Swift Talks About Love, Marriage, Having a ‘Bunch’ of Kids

Taylor Swift’s music career started when she was just 14. Her parents pushed her towards performance arts and even relocated to Nashville, Tennessee from Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, just so she could pursue a career in country music. Obviously her music career took off, and today Taylor is on top of the world with a cool $250 million to her name.

The superstar is just 26, but she already managed to attract worldwide attention, and her popularity is only growing. In 2015, she became the youngest woman to be featured on Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women” list, ranked comfortably at number 64. Regardless of where you personally stand on the subject of Taylor’s music, it’s pretty hard to deny her talent.

If you’re familiar with Taylor’s music, then you already know that most of her hit singles revolve around the same topic – relationships and heartbreak. In a 2012 interview with Cosmo, she opened up on the subject of relationships and explained some of the things that she can’t tolerate in a significant other. “I can’t deal with someone wanting to take a relationship backward or needing space or cheating on you. I just don’t ever want to end up in a relationship that isn’t fair ever again.”

She went on to explain that there is a certain chemistry that she wants to feel. “I need that unexplainable spark…I just need to see someone and feel, oh no, uh-oh. It’s only happened a few times in my life, but I feel like if I was gonna be with someone forever, it would be because I saw them and I thought, oh no.”

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Although the singer has had her fair share of unsuccessful relationships (all of which she has written songs about), Taylor remains hopeful. She admits to wanting to get married some day and have children of her own. In fact, when asked about marriage and kids, Taylor often replies with a big smile, while fantasizing out loud about what it would be like to spend time with her yet unborn kids.

If you’re not staying up to date with Taylor’s relationships – she recently broke up with producer Calvin Harris. According to sources close to Taylor, the breakup was one sided, and Harris was 100% responsible for the split. The source also claims that Swift often talked about marrying the man, but it appears that Harris wasn’t ready to take on such a commitment quite yet. The 35-year-old is still very much career focused, and quite frankly DJ-ing pool parties full of super models isn’t for the married.

Unfortunately for Taylor, that’s another unsuccessful relationship in the books. That said, the singer is only 26 and still has plenty of time to get hitched. We might even hear wedding bells sooner than you’d think. Shorty after the Calvin Harris breakup, Swift began dating Tom Hiddleston – a British actor. The couple has been together for a little longer than a month, but Taylor has already declared her undying love to him, and sources close to the couple claim that the pair is already talking marriage.

It’s hard to tell whether or not these rumours actually carry any weight, but it doesn’t sound too farfetched based on Taylor’s track history. We’ll just have to wait and see.

I have terrible instincts: Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy has been making some serious waves in the entertainment industry for nearly 20 years. Her career began with a very minor role on the NBC comedy series Jenny. Two years later, she made a film debut with the 1999 comedy film called Go. Since then, McCarthy continued to get gigs here and there but her career didn’t really take off until she landed a role on the Gilmore Girls, and later a lead on the CBS sitcom, Mike and Molly. Most recently, Melissa starred alongside Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon in the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters.

McCarthy’s career history earned her high praise mainly as a comedian, but what many don’t know is that she is also a super fan of action stunts. Since the very start of her acting career, McCarthy attempted to do all of her own stunts while on set. Despite that, the actress says that she (surprisingly) has terrible instincts, jokingly adding that she always tries to hurt herself. “I’m always like ‘I should do that’, ‘I should take that thirty-three story fall,” she laughs when asked about her stunt work.

While filming Spy, an action comedy where Melissa did most of her own stunts, she sustained a number of minor injuries. “I was covered in bruises and weird pulled muscles,” she said in a People Magazine interview early last year. That said, she cherishes every opportunity to perform, and likes to joke about her mishaps. “My worst fall, sadly, was walking to a massage,” she laughed.

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Funny enough, the actress decided that it would be a good idea to get a rub down after sustaining a few muscle strains. While she was walking to her appointment, she slipped on the marble around the pool area, causing her to wipe out pretty hard. She sustained a fairly serious back injury during the fall, and the actress reports that it took her nearly a week to start walking properly again. The director, Paul Feig, saw the whole thing, and says that the first thing that popped into his head was, “we’re f–cked!” Luckily, Melissa is a total trooper, and she was back in business in less than a week, continuing with her own stunts.

Since Spy, Melissa seems to have gotten much better at not hurting herself, and although injuries still happen, they are far more minor. When asked if she underwent any special training for her stunts in Ghostbusters, she explained that practice and training were central to keeping everyone safe and unharmed on set.

Despite taking several tumbles over the course of filming, Melissa is a good sport about it. She doesn’t seem to have any regrets, and says that the end result is well worth the scrapes and bumps – “when you pull it off and then you watch it afterwards, that’s why, for the next one, you go, ‘yeah, I should do that.’” Luckily, none of her set injuries were very severe, so we hope that Melissa is able to continue entertaining the masses with her quirky personality and comedic flare for many years to come.

How Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Raise Their Six Children

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are one of the hottest celebrity couples in Hollywood. The pair fell in love on set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. At the time of filming and production Brad was still married to Jennifer Aniston. The marriage didn’t last, and shortly after the premier of the blockbuster hit, Aniston filed for divorce. At this time, Brad and Angelina didn’t publicly acknowledge their relationship, but rumours were all but confirmed when the couple was photographed vacationing in Kenya with Angelina’s adopted son, Mad (Maddox).

About a year later, the the couple announced that they were expecting their first biological child, Shiloh. What many people don’t know, though, is that Jolie gave birth to Shiloh in Namibia. Her decision to give birth in Africa came down to two things – her love for the beauty of the Namibian desert, and a more selfless desire to help the local community. Jolie and Pitt charged $3 million for the first photo of the much-anticipated baby, and donated the money to the United Nations, where the Salt star is an embassador for the refugee agency.

By the time Shiloh (Shi) was born, the Jolie-Pitts have adopted two other children, making Shi the fourth to join the gang. Having four kids was clearly not enough, because just two years later, the couple announced that they were expecting twins – Knox and Vivienne.

Raising 6 children is no easy task, and with parents like Jolie and Pitt, it’s safe to say that Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne were never going to be your average neighbourhood kids. In a radio interview with BBC, Jolie shared that each of her half-dozen kids is leaning a different language. According to Jolie, a large part of encouraging her kids to learn languages stems from the fact that she wanted her adopted children to learn, and understand their heritage.

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In a media interview, Jolie said that she doesn’t force her kids into things that they aren’t naturally interested in. Unfortunately for the couple, this means that none of the kids will follow in their Hollywood footsteps. “None of my kids want be actors,” shared the Maleficent star. “They are actually very interested in being musicians. I think they like the process of film from the outside. Mad is interested in editing and Pax loves deejaying.”

At home, Jolie believes in giving her kids a lot of breathing room – allowing them to grow into their own. In an interview with Star magazine, an old nanny said that Brad and Angie are “very unconventional parents, to say the least. It’s like they’re living in a hippie commune most of the time, because Angie doesn’t believe in rules.” The nanny followed up by saying that her leniency doesn’t always work out very well.

The kids are homeschooled by a team of international teachers, but Jolie doesn’t force them to learn anything that they’re not interested in. Another nanny said that “they also don’t take tests or do homework.” Granted, none of the Jolie-Pitt kids will be going after entry level jobs, but the fact they they can learn what they want is worth mentioning.

Further – due to Jolie’s ‘anything goes’ approach, the kids are allowed to spend as much time browsing the net, and the older ones are already active on social media. The kids have a security team monitor all of their online activity for their safety, but other than that they’re allowed to do pretty much whatever they want.

Jolie and Pitt’s parenting style is an often controversial topic, but the kids seem to be doing ok. I guess we’ll have to wait and see where these A-lister kids will end up in a few decades, but for now Jolie and Pitt continue to do things in their own way.

Adele: Surprising Stories Behind 5 of her Biggest Hits

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, or just Adele, is one of the most widely recognizable musicians in the world. Her 2011 album, 21, has been certified 16 times platinum, earning the singer an impressive 6 grammy awards. Combined, her discography has sold more than 100 million copies, and some of her biggest hits topped the charts for longer than any other album released in the last two decades.

So, what’s the secret behind her Billboard success? Well, aside from her one of a kind voice and undeniable talent, her storytelling ability lets her connect with millions around the world. This short article will take a look at the great stories behind some of her biggest hits, revealing surprising details that managed to win over millions of fans.

Is Adele A Total Diva??

Adele is an extremely successful English songwriter and performer. Her incredible voice and one of a kind storytelling ability helped her win over the hearts of millions of fans worldwide. Thanks to her popularity and tremendous career success, Adele managed to amass a net worth of more than $125 million. If you couldn’t guess, that kind of money can get you pretty much anything, including – of course – a pizza from a pizzaria more than 70 miles away.

Yup, the 28 year old sent a resort employee on a 140 mile round trip for a slice of ‘za, and to make matters worse, she didn’t even end up eating it. Before you start judging, let’s back track and hear the full story.

Adele is widely known as one of the most down-to-earth entertainers in the industry, but even she is seemingly capable of occasionally acting like a total diva. When the superstar was vacationing at a luxury country estate with her partner and 3-year-old son, she apparently had a craving for some pizza.

The resort the couple were staying at had a number of on-call chefs, all of whom are capable of preparing a pizza. In fact, a source told Daily Mail that the resort is equipped with some of the best pizza ovens that money can buy, but Adele wasn’t having any of it. She insisted that a member of the resort staff drive to her favourite restaurant in Kensington, to pick up some pizza there.

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The Soho Farmhouse has a policy of saying “yes” to pretty much every whim of their guests, and Adele made sure to take advantage of the fact. It was 11pm when the singer ordered her take out, and by the time the driver made the trip out to London and back, she and her partner were fast asleep. A roomservice team member pointed out that the pizza was still in its box when the room was cleaned in the morning – rendering the entire late-night trip useless for resort staff.

Tabloids all over the world picked up on this story and made quite a big fuss about it, seemingly forgetting that Adele isn’t just a regular person. She is a superstar singer and a multimillionaire, so ordering a pizza from a different city isn’t that big of a deal. After all, the employees were paid for their time.

Also, pizza is a rare treat for Adele these days. After returning to the limelight with the release of her third album, it became obvious that the superstar lost some significant weight. In fact, Adele revealed that she follows a strict diet regimen, and a custom workout program – despite hating spending time at the gym.