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Amber Valletta comes clean: I’m a raging addict

 
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Amber Valletta isn’t playing the blame game. The model-actress ( Hitch, Revenge, Transporter 2) talked candidly in a video for MindBodyGreen.com and takes full responsibility for her addiction to drugs and alcohol. In the clip, Valletta says she started young, sniffing markers while growing up in Oklahoma, then graduated to the hard stuff when she began posing for magazines. Even though she has been sober for 25 years, the self proclaimed raging addict still has moments when she wants to “distract herself” because she’s “uncomfortable being a human being.” The 40-year-old mother of one, who is married to volleyball player Chip McCaw, credits looking inward constantly to stay healthy.

Model behavior

Janice Dickinson is really mending the fences, so to speak. The ‘80s supermodel has decided to end her long running feud with former America’s Next Top Model castmate Tyra Banks, whom she once called “soulless.” Dickinson, 59, told Us Weekly she regrets making that statement, uttered not in “a sober mindset” and was upset about being fired from the show. Janice is getting married shortly to Dr. Robert “Rocky” Gerner and wanst to be a better person inside and out. She recently appeared on E!’s Botched, redoing her 30-year-old breast implants.

More tragedy

We are starting to think Glee is cursed. Matt Bendik, the boyfriend of one of the show’s stars Becca Tobin, was found dead Thursday in a Philadelphia hotel room. Police say they were called to the Hotel Monaco just after 1 p.m. Thursday and that a man was pronounced dead minutes later. The city medical examiner’s office will determine the cause and manner of death. There were no signs of foul play. Almost a year ago, Cory Monteith died of an accidental alcohol and drug overdose in a Canadian hotel.

What a match

Fashion queen Tory Burch has found her king. Page Six reports the socialite turned designer is getting serious with Pierre-Yves Roussel, the CEO of LVMH Fashion Group. Burch is going to have to brush up on her French as Roussel is based in Paris. The twice divorced Pennsylvanian, 48, last dated music exec Lyor Cohen.

Tough love

Don’t cry for Pam Anderson yet. A reconciliation could be in the works between her and her estranged husband, world class poker player Rick Salomon. Though the ex Baywatch babe filed for divorce from her husband of six months last week, RadarOnline.com reports the move was to get Salomon to stop partying and gambling so extensively. The 47-year-old busty blonde married Paris Hilton’s ex (remember his sex tape One Night in Paris?) in 2007, but got an annulment after two months. She remarried him in January.

Speed demon

A New York grand jury will consider whether to indict entertainer Flavor Flav for allegedly speeding to his mother’s funeral. Flav, whose real name is William Drayton, was arrested Jan. 9 on Long Island’s Meadowbrook Parkway. Police say the rapper and reality TV star was speeding and driving without a license, a felony. He also was charged with marijuana possession as a violation. He has pleaded not guilty. His overworked attorney, Indji Bessim, has sought for several months to reach a plea agreement with prosecutors.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30: Bindi Irwin arrives at the 3rd Annual AACTA Awards Ceremony at The Star on January 30, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.

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    Bindi Irwin talks her late dad, the Crocodile Hunter

    Speaking in depth for the first time about her father Steve Irwin’s death, 16-year-old Bindi Irwin told People magazine the “sadness never goes away.” The Crocodile Hunter star died after a rogue attack by a stingray in 2006. Bindi, a SeaWorld youth ambassador, keeps Irwin’s memory alive by working with animals and lives within the gates of the Australia Zoo.

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 file photo, Peaches Geldof arrives to attend the ETAM's ready to wear fall/winter 2014-2015 fashion collection presented in Paris. A British coroner has concluded that model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose. Coroner Roger Hatch said Wednesday that Geldof had taken a fatal dose after a period of trying to come off the drug. The 25-year-old daughter of Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof was found dead at her home south of London on April 7, 2014.

    Coroner: Heroin overdose killed Peaches Geldof

    LONDON (AP) – Model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose after relapsing from a battle to give up the drug, a British coroner ruled Wednesday.

  • Celebrity birthdays on July 23

    Actress Gloria DeHaven is 89. Radio personality Don Imus is 74. Actor Larry Manetti (“Magnum, P.I.”) is 67. Actor Woody Harrelson is 53. Guitarist Martin Gore of Depeche Mode is 53. Actor Eriq Lasalle (“ER”) is 52. Guitarist Slash is 49. Model Stephanie Seymour is 46. Comedian Marlon Wayans is 42. Singer Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child) is 34. Actor Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries”) is 32. Actor Daniel Radcliffe is 25.

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