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An Instagram User Tried To Shame Adrienne Houghton For Not Having Children And Latinas (And Her Husband) Rose To The Occasion

Adrienne Houghton is being shamed for not having children, and her husband is not having it. On Sunday, The Real co-host posted a boomerang on Instagram of her and partner Israel Houghton sharing a sweet kiss on their wedding day three years ago during a Seine River boat ride in Paris. 

Houghton’s post quickly generated a discussion about mom-shaming after one user made a comment.

“The best yes. 11:11. I love you more than ever,” the 35-year-old actress captioned the post. “Best decision I’ve ever made. There will never be another. You and me. Eternally,” Houghton, 48, responded in a comment.

The charming visual, which showed the Eiffel Tower in the background, mostly received kind, congratulatory remarks. However, because someone always has to rain on happy people’s parade, there was one troll who questioned why after three years of marriage Houghton hasn’t yet had a baby.

“3 years and no kids,” commenter @tysonleelee wrote, adding a few sad emojis.

There’s so much wrong with the unsolicited statement. To start, it’s intrusive. Just because the Puerto Rican-Ecuadorian celebrity is in the public eye doesn’t mean her private life is open for comment or questions. Even more, it’s insensitive. The commenter has no idea if Houghton and Houghton have been trying to have children, and remarks like such could feel like jabs during their struggle to reproduce. Finally, it’s sexist. Womanhood isn’t tied to motherhood. Houghton, who is a stepmother to Houghton’s four kids from a previous marriage, doesn’t need to bear children simply because she is in a relationship. Women’s autonomy means making our own reproductive choices, which includes deciding whether we, not observers, want to get pregnant or carry pregnancies to term. 

As can be imagined, most people came to Houghton’s defense.

“Can you believe it? People actually get married bc they want to be together and spend as much time enjoying each other’s company,” one commenter responded, suggesting that not all couples get together to form larger families. “There is no time limit on kids and marriage. They are happy and in love. That’s all that matters,” another replied.

Still, no answer was as comprehensive or potent as hubby Houghton’s clap back.

“Tyson, my brother. Do you really want this smoke right now,” the Christian musician started his rant. “I’m gonna let you go and find something worth worrying about. In the meantime, and in-between time: May I suggest perhaps an online etiquette class? Couple things you don’t inquire about — women’s age, women’s weight and as someone eloquently put it in these comments — unless invited STAY OUT of a women’s uterus.”

Houghton, who also noted that people never know a couple’s private struggles with starting or expanding families, politely told the commenter to worry about his own life and be kinder and gentler to people.

“Maybe find a girlfriend or a wife and worry yourself to your heart’s content about her pregnancy journey and plans,” he said. “By the way, when we do announce a pregnancy, I expect nothing but polite well wishes from you. If you’re planning anything other than that, thou shalt be blocked life. May the Lord God bless you real good as you go find a good thing/wife. Thanks.”

Houghton, who also compassionately responded saying she and her man are madly in love and are in no rush to have children together, has in the past spoken out about her troubles conceiving. In a September 2018 segment of her talk show, the “Cheetah Girls” star discussed how difficult it has been for her to get pregnant, how insensitive people could be about it and why she remains faithfully trusting in her God.

“I think as an audience, we should be sensitive to the fact that everybody doesn’t get pregnant right away,” she told co-host Loni Love. “I think, for myself, I thought it would happen so easily for me, and it just hasn’t happened that way.”

Despite the difficulty and haters, though, the Latina said she is hopeful that she will birth a child of her own one day.

“I’ve had to come to peace that it will happen when it’s God’s timing,” she said. “I believe in that and I have faith in all of that, but it can be really discouraging and it can be really frustrating. I would love nothing more than to be a mom, but I want it when God wants it for me.”

Houghton and her husband aren’t new to fans dissecting and criticizing their relationship. The pair started dating soon after the singer-songwriter divorced his ex-wife of 21 years. Together for just under a year, the two wed in a small and charming ceremony in Paris in November 2016.

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Maluma And J Balvin React To The Loss Of Armando Manzanero, Who Lost His Battle Against COVID-19

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Maluma And J Balvin React To The Loss Of Armando Manzanero, Who Lost His Battle Against COVID-19

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As if 2020 and Coronavirus haven’t taken enough from us, just days before we usher in a new year, the world is forced to say goodbye to Armando Manzanero.

The famed Mexican-Mayan artist lost his battle against COVID-19 and as news of his death began to circulate, reactions from stars all around the world have started to pour in.

Manzanero died like so many in 2020 – fighting the dangerous Coronavirus.

One of Mexico’s most iconic and beloved artists has passed at the age of 85 from complications related to COVID-19. Armando Manzanero had tested positive for the virus on December 17 and put into critical care just a few days later.

The Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico (SACM), of which Manzanero was president, announced his death, saying: “The romantic soul of Mexico and the world is in mourning.”

His family told Mexican newspaper El Universal that he was set to be extubated in the coming days, after his lung health had improved, but he then died by cardiac arrest.

Maluma took to social media to share his sadness over the immense loss.

Losing a man who is considered a symbol of Latin American music has left many artists shocked and in mourning. Reactions and memories from around the world quickly poured in to remember the man who helped put his country and culture on the global map.

Maluma shared to Instagram an emotional post, where he expressed his sadness for the departure of maestro Manzanero, “💔😭 RIP MASTER,” the post reads.

In the description, Maluma said “one of my greatest inspirations” had died but that he’d forever treasure the memory of having met Manzanero. The video shows when Maluma, visibly moved, meets Armando Manzanero for the first time. “A pleasure to meet you,” says the reggaetonero; Immediately afterwards, the Mexican singer hugs him while patting him on the back.

J Balvin also shared his condolences while also condemning COVID-19.

Another of the many celebs who showed their sadness over the death of the star was J Balvin. In his Instagram stories, Balvin posted a photo of Manzanero and wrote “Rest in peace, Armando Manzanero.” In addition, he wrote what so many of us are feeling after such a devastating year: “FUCK COVID.”

And Mexico’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, addressed Manzanero’s death during a press conference, per CNN. “Armando Manzanero was a sensitive man, a man of the people. That’s why I lament his death,” he said. “He was also a great composer.”

Manzanero was a famed Mexican-Mayan artist who helped bring visibility to his culture and community.

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Manzanero was a romantic crooner who was often covered by artists from around the world. In fact, many of his tracks were translated into English and performed byartists including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Perry Como, and he was awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2014.

He has since written more than 400 songs and released more than 30 albums, including nine since 2001, as Manzanero collaborated with a younger generation of Spanish-language romantic pop singers such as Alejandro Sanz, Luis Miguel and Lucero.

Manzanero’s impact on Latin music, especially romantic “bolero” songs, was widely recognized during his lifetime. He received Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Latin Grammys in 2010 and the Grammys in 2014. Earlier this year, the Billboard Latin Music Awards recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award, with musicians including Luis Fonsi and Pablo Alborán performing a medley of hits as Manzanero accompanied on piano.

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This Was A Rough Year And These Are The Celebrities And Icons We Were Forced To Say Goodbye To In 2020

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This Was A Rough Year And These Are The Celebrities And Icons We Were Forced To Say Goodbye To In 2020

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There’s no denying that 2020 has been one hell of a year. It seemed like everyday we were waking up to some new shocking headline about the election, the pandemic, racial justice, or celebrity death.

Not only did the year 2020 take our sense of normalcy right out from under us, but it also took with it some of our most iconic and beloved stars, celebrities, and icons.

Sadly, we’ve said goodbye to too many to include all of them here but from Kobe Bryant’s fatal helicopter crash in January to the tragic loss of Glee star Naya Rivera, we have many to pay our respects to as we look back on those we lost in 2020.

Kobe Bryant

The NBA star died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA, in January. Kobe was traveling with eight other people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. The aircraft reportedly crashed “amid foggy conditions” and a small brush fire erupted. There were no survivors.

Naya Rivera

The Glee actress was found dead on July 13, five days after she went missing while boatingwith her 4-year-old son, Josey Dorsey (whom she shared with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey). She was 33 years old.

Ruth Badger Ginsburg

The Supreme Court justice and women’s rights pioneer died at age 87 on Sept. 18 after battling metastatic pancreatic cancer.

“Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said in a statement, per The New York Times. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

Chadwick Boseman

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Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role as T’Challa/Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, died at age 43 in August after a four-year battle with colon cancer.

His death caused an outpouring of grief from fans around the world and it’s completely altered future plans for the Black Panther series.

Regis Philbin

The famed television host died of natural causes at age 88 on July 24. He was well-known for his decades-spanning career and particularly his time on the Today show with Kathy Lee Gifford.

Natalie Desselle Reid

Deselle-Reid died in early December at age 53 after a private battle with colon cancer.

She was best known for roles on the UPN series Eve (2003-2006) and the Robert Townsend-directed 1997 comedy B.A.P.S., in which she played a waitress in Georgia who ends up caring for a Beverly Hills millionaire and living the life of “Black American Princesses.” The cult classic famously co-starred Halle Berry.

Diego Maradona

The Argentinian soccer legend died on November 25 at the age of 60. The former athlete, who famously scored the “Hand of God” goal during the 1986 World Cup, reportedly suffered a heart attack three weeks after he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain.

Alex Trebek

Sadly, the world was forced to say goodbye to iconic Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek after he battled stage four pancreatic cancer. He passed away at the age of 80 and his death was reported by the show: “Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the show’s official account tweeted on Nov. 8. “Thank you, Alex.”

Sean Connery

The actor, best known for playing James Bond, died at age 90 on Oct. 31. James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement: “He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words — ‘The name’s Bond… James Bond’ — he revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent. He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.”

Doreen Montalvo

Known for her roles in Madame Secretary and The Good Wife, Montalvo died in October of a stroke at just 56 years old.

Montalvo’s manager, Steve Maihack, said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “She was having quite the year with two films in the can and a new Broadway show … but she would be so happy to know she will live on through these projects and the outpouring of love from every corner of the business.”

Anthony Galindo Ibarra

Anthony Galindo, popularly known as El Papijoe, was a popular model, singer, and actor from Venezuela. Beginning in 1995, Galindo was part of the last stage of Latino boy band Menudo along with his teammates Abel Talamántez, Alexis Grullón, and Didier Hernández. 

Galindo died at age 41 after being hospitalized for injuries suffered in a suicide attempt the previous week.

Eddie Van Halen

The Van Halen guitarist died of cancer in October. He was 65.

Little Richard

The legendary and iconic “Tutti Frutti” singer died from bone cancer on May 9. He was 87 years old.

John Lewis

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The congressman and civil rights icon died at age 80 in July after battling stage four pancreatic cancer. John Lewis was a legend in the fight for equality and helped give hope and also real tangible rights to countless Americans in his battle for equality.

La Parka

The famous wrestler, whose real name is Jesus Alfonso Huerta Escoboza, died in January of injuries related to an in-ring accident. Reports indicate he was 54 or 55.

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