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Everyone Thought Demi Lovato Was Shading Taylor Swift During Her Performance At The VMAs, But She Was Living Her Best Life

At Monday’s MTV Video Music Awards on August 6, singer and actor Demi Lovato was nowhere to be seen on the red carpet. The singer was up for Best Dance Video for her work with Clean Bandit in “Solo” but lost to The Chainsmokers featuring Bebe Rexha for “Call You Mine.” According to reports, Demi’s absence sparked rumors that she missed the MTV VMA’s because of a feud with Taylor Swift. 

Of course, that rumor was far from the truth which turns out is actually way better.

In fact, Lovato wasn’t in attendance because she was busy filming another project. 

As she revealed yesterday via Instagram yesterday, she’ll be joining the upcoming third and final season of “Will & Grace.” So while people were making up rumors about her absence from the VMA’s saying it was because of drama with Taylor Swift, Lovato was busy filming her three-episode guest arc. 

But first thing’s first, can we stop pinning women against each other? It’s such a tired and poor excuse. Plus, do people ever stop to think about how the rumors they start online or the comments they make will affect someone’s mental health? Even if the people we’re talking about here are celebrities. At the end of the day, they’re people, too. 

Further, the former Disney star has always been open with her fans and the public about her struggles with sobriety, self-love, and mental health.

 So why would people continue to speak this way of her just to stir up some controversy?

According to HelloGiggles, the rumors began when Lovato posted an Instagram Story about skipping the MTV VMA’s ceremony right after Taylor Swift had won the night’s Video of the Year Award. She took to Instagram to write, “I skipped the VMA’s for a REASON. Well, that and I just hate awards shows.” 

Whatever her reason may have been, it’s her business and part of her private life, so fans and the public alike shouldn’t be quick to make assumptions about it. Plus, we’re sure she has her reasons for hating awards shows too. We can’t even imagine the scrutiny and pressure she must go through every time. 

After that post, Swift fans quickly were led to believe that she was being shady toward Taylor. 

But that wasn’t the case and while Lovato may not have explicitly addressed what Swift fans were theorizing, she still wrote in an Instagram Story according to HelloGiggles, “Okay I can’t tell you guys what I’m doing (you’ll find out super soon tho) but it’s making me SO HAPPY. I’m having SO MUCH FUN and I can’t stop laughing. Now go come up with crazy-ass theories as to what it might be!!!” 

While Taylor and Demi’s relationship has been rocky in the past, the former Disney star wasn’t being shady and ended up actually addressing Swift’s fans. 

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That was when she announced she was “literally living my dream” because she would be a guest star on “Will & Grace.” Enough of the drama, we can’t wait to see Demi Lovato get back to her acting roots on the third and final season of “Will & Grace.”  According to a spokesperson for NBC, Lovato will guest star as a character named Jenny, “a guarded girl who comes into the life of Will (played by Eric McCormack), in three episodes of the sitcom in 2020.” 

Since Lovato’s announcement, a couple of her soon-to-be costars have shared their excitement over her joining the team. 

According to NBC News, Debra Messing, who plays Grace, commented on Lovato’s post and said, “DEMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!! You are so sweet. I am so happy you came to play with us! You are now officially part of the family.” McCormack and Sean Hayes, who plays Hack, also shared their own photos with Lovato on set, expressing their excitement over the news. 

Lovato will appear in three episodes sometime in 2020, during the third season of the show. NBC announced that the upcoming season of the “Will & Grace” revival will be the last and consist of 18 episodes. The specific premiere date will be announced later. 

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Despite the rumors that began to rise due to Lovato’s absence from the MTV VMA’s that she was throwing shade at Taylor Swift, the singer isn’t paying attention to the negativity and instead of focusing on the positive aspects of her career. Her return to acting should be a joyous and exciting time to get back into how she started her career in the industry. 

We’re excited to see what Demi Lovato’s character in “Will & Grace” will get into for its final season. 

Megan Mullally Tweets Her Heart Is ‘Heavy’ Over The Death Of Actress Who Played ‘Will & Grace’s’ Beloved Latina Character

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Megan Mullally Tweets Her Heart Is ‘Heavy’ Over The Death Of Actress Who Played ‘Will & Grace’s’ Beloved Latina Character

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For eight seasons, fans of the late 90s sitcom “Will & Grace” tuned in to watch the friendship between two friends Will Truman and Grace Adler. During the course of its original eight-year run, one character, in particular, managed to capture the hearts of the show’s audience. Rosario Inés Consuelo Yolanda Salazar had initially been created to appear just once on the now-iconic series but was so well-received by the show’s audience that the series brought her on as a semi-regular character. Today, fans of the series and Rosario are in mourning after family members of the actress behind the beloved character, Shelley Morrison revealed that she had passed away over the weekend. 

Shelley Morrison, the actress behind “Will & Grace’s” beloved character died Sunday morning at age 83.

According to a report by the New York Times, the American theater and television actress had been admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for heart failure after a brief illness. Morrison’s acting career spanned the length of 64-years and included roles on “The Flying” Nun in the late 1960s which starred Sally Field. She also made appearances on shows such as “Murder She Wrote,” “L.A. Law,” “Home Improvement” and “Columbo.”

According to The New York Times, Morrison’s husband Walter Dominguez said in a statement that “Shelley’s greatest pride as an actress was in playing the indomitable Rosario, in a comedy series that furthered the cause of social equity and fairness for LGBTQ people. She also took pride in portraying a strong, loving yet feisty Latina character. She believed that the best way to change hearts and minds was through comedy.”

Morrison, whose parents were Spanish immigrants, became famous for portraying one of television’s most recognizable Latinas.

During her time on “Will & Grace” Morrison starred as Rosario Salazar, Karen Walker’s, Megan Mullally, maid. The show’s character was from El Salvador and drew laughs for her part in constantly standing up to her socialite boss, Karen who had paid Rosario $350,000 per year. The beloved Rosario character appeared in 68 out of the show’s 233 episodes. She was not featured in the series’ revival after Morrison turned down offers to return because she had retired from acting.

According to The New York Times, Morrison had described Rosario as one of her all-time favorite characters “She reminds me a lot of my own mother, who loved animals and children, but she would not suffer fools. It is very significant to me that we were able to show an older, Hispanic woman who is bright and smart and can hold her own.”

Members of the “Will & Grace” cast offer their condolences to Morrison’s family on social media soon after her death was announced. 

Debra Messing who starred as Grace Adler on the show took to Instagram on Sunday writing  “Our dear Rosario has passed on. Shelley had a career that spanned decades, but she will always be our dear Rosie. All my love to Walter and the entire family.”

Eric McCormack also posted on social media about Morrison’s death.

In a tweet posted from his Twitter account, McCormack wrote “Shelley was a beautiful soul & a wonderful actor. Her work as Rosario, season after season, was as nuanced and real as it was hysterical. She will be missed by everyone at #WillandGrace, she’s a huge part of it. Sending so much love to Walter and Shelley’s whole family.”

In a separate post, Sean Hayes, who played Jack McFarland on the series described Morrison as having “the biggest heart.”

 “Such sad news. Our beloved Shelley Morrison passed away today. She was absolutely hilarious and had the biggest heart. She was a part of our Will and Grace family and will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to her husband, Walter and her entire family.”

Morrison’s co-star Megan Mullally also commented on her death describing her heart as “heavy” over the news. 

“Just got a bulletin on my phone that shelley morrison has passed. my heart is heavy. putting shelley, her beloved husband walter & their children in the light. thank you for your friendship & partnership, shell. you accomplished wonderful things in this world. you will be missed,” the actress wrote.

Morrison was born Rachel Mitrani on October 26, 1936 in the Bronx to Jewish Spanish parents.

According to her biography, Spanish was her first language and she became interested in Native American traditions through her husband who is a writer. Sparked from her interest, Morrison and her husband adopted six children through a traditional Native American ceremony.

A statement released by Morrison’s publicist said: “Shelley’s greatest pride as an actress was in playing the indomitable Rosario, in a comedy series that furthered the cause of social equity and fairness for LGBTQ people. She also took pride in portraying a strong, loving yet feisty Latina character. She believed that the best way to change hearts and minds was through comedy.”

A Little Over A Year After Her Very Public Overdose Demi Lovato Talks About Learning To See Herself As ‘Strong’

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A Little Over A Year After Her Very Public Overdose Demi Lovato Talks About Learning To See Herself As ‘Strong’

It was nearly a year ago, that fans of Demi Lovato were shocked as they learned that the actress and singer had experienced a near-fatal heroin overdose. The harrowing incident was particularly worrying for fans who had watched Lovato speak out about her struggles and recovery with self-harm and addiction. Over a year later, Lovato has seemed to have made it back on her feet having completed a stay in rehabilitation early and upped her interactions with fans on her social media pages. This is all despite experiencing public feuds with other celebrities, relentless body shaming from fans and a violation of privacy when nude photo of her was leaked. 

Over the weekend, she attended the  Teen Vogue Summit, telling the magazine’s editor-in-chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner that these days she is “strong.”

Speaking at Teen Vogue summit, Lovato said that she’s “learned a lot.”

In the year since her overdose, Swift has said that she has learned quite a bit. “I think it’s been a very introspective year for me,” Lovato said. “I’ve learned a lot, been through a lot.” 

When it comes to lessons about body acceptance, Lovato says she’s adopted a new mantra.

Lovato, who can often be seen tackling weights and martial arts at the gym says she took off from working out at the gym during the month of October December for a little bit of a mental health break. 

“We hear the term body positivity all the time,” she pointed out at the summit while also reiterating her years-long struggle with an eating disorder. “To be honest, I don’t always feel positive about my body. Sometimes I do not like what I see. I don’t sit there and dwell on it. I also don’t lie to myself.” 

When it comes to the social media trolls that attempt to bring her down, Lovato had a strong message.

“When someone says something mean about me or makes a meme making fun of me, I have a good sense of humor,” Lovato said.” But when it’s a very serious subject it can be hurtful. Even if you have an account that’s like ‘ImaDemiFan,’ that’s the name, and you leave one comment that said ‘You look like Lord Farquaad with that hair,’ I’m like, ‘Damn, that kind of sucks.’ I’m so tired of pretending I’m not human. When you say stuff, it affects me. I try not to look, but I see it. When I’m able to see both sides, it pulls me out from zeroing in on the negative. But I’m human and I think that’s important to remember.”

Speaking about the progress that she has made as an individual it’s clear her self-esteem and sense of self-worth is on the up and up. 

“What I see in the mirror [is] someone that’s overcome a lot,” she said. “I’ve been through a lot and I genuinely see a fighter,” Demi said. “I don’t see a championship winner, but I see a fighter and someone who is going to continue to fight no matter what is thrown their way.”

Lovato’s overall message was to her fans, asking them to remember that her artistry far outshines her tribulations.

Sure, Lovato’s road to being sober has been long and toilsome but it has not been nearly as long or penetrating as the former Disney’s star assent as a singer. Lovato who has been in the spotlight since 2002, has won an MTV Music award, five People’s Choice Awards, made a Guinness World Record and has received two Grammy Award nominees. As she points out, she’s a singer first, “a lot of the things that I have been through outshined my successes in the music industry. I just want people to remember that that’s what I want to give to the world, so please focus on that.”

The number one takeaway from Lovato’s appearance at the Teen Vogue summit is that she’s got her confidence back.

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“I have a lot of confidence now because I have said the things I believe in. I know I can hold my own on a first date with someone, in a conversation with someone. That’s what I see when I look in the mirror — a strong woman.”

While Lovato didn’t drop too much information about her next steps and next plans she did say she has been getting to work at the studio.

“I have new music coming,” she told fans. “I didn’t say when — now I’m just teasing you. It’s important to remember that I am so cautious this time around of jumping back into things. I’ve really decided to take my time with things. When the time is right, I will put it out there.”