According to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lucinda Franks, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once said that she blamed Bill Clinton's abusive mother for his unfaithfulness and sex addiction.
The revelation came about as part of Franks' new memoir, Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me, which is scheduled for release in August 2014. Though the book doesn't have much to do with the Clintons as a whole, there is a section of never reported information stemming from a 1999 interview between Franks and Clinton.
The interview was conducted at the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, where Franks claimed that the former First Lady told her that Bill had been abused as a child. “He was abused. When a mother does what she does, it affects you forever,” Franks claimed Clinton said.
However, Clinton never revealed to Franks what type of abuse Bill suffered as a child. “I am not going into it, but I’ll say that when this happens in children, it scars you,” Clinton told Franks. “You keep looking in all the wrong places for the parent who abused you.”
Writing forTalk magazine at the time she spoke to Clinton, Franks declined to publish the quote due to the unrelenting media frenzy surrounding the Lewinsky affair. She did, however, publish the ongoing problems Bill had with his mother and grandmother, and quoted Clinton as experiencing "enormous pain, enormous anger" over her husband's infidelity.
In one of the more bizarre stories to recently go viral, a small, but still frightening bear broke into the pool deck of a Central Florida home Tuesday night searching for beer for the second time in a week. While the bear left empty-pawed in this second raid, the first time around it emptied the mini-fridge, and bit holes in beers and cocktail mixers to get at the drink inside.
After the first raid, homeowner Lisa had a camera at the ready lest the beer-hungry bear stuck again. Her preparedness paid off as the bear came back and went straight to the beer mini-fridge. But the bear then saw her taking photos from behind her clear sliding door, it became distracted from its booze run and slapped at the glass with its paw.
The bear refused to leave and, according to Lisa, "banged on the glass, then looked her in the eye, as if to say, 'I'm here, and I'm not leaving.'" She shut off the lights and left in fear the bear would hit the glass harder if she stayed. While bear sightings are not uncommon in Lake Mary, FL, one who demonstrated persistence in scrounging for booze made Lisa fear the worst.
Later, she returned to find the bear had left, but this time did not take anything from the fridge. It is unknown why the bear didn't take the drinks the second time.
A racehorse owned by Queen Elizabeth II named Estimate has recently tested positive for a banned substance. Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, the five-year-old mare came up positive for morphine, the result of which was likely due to a contaminated feed product.
"Five horses, under the care of various trainers, were affected. I can confirm that one of those horses was Estimate," said John Warren, racing adviser to Queen Elizabeth. "Initial indications are that the positive test resulted from the consumption of a contaminated feed product."
"A positive result is 99.99% of the time due to a feed contamination," said trainer and veterinarian Jim Boyle in an interview on Radio 5. "Morphine comes from the opium poppy. There have been studies done whereby ingestion of a poppy-seed bagel or a poppy-seed cake can cause a urine sample, 16 to 24 hours later, to test positive for morphine."
Last week, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) revealed that five horses had tested positive for the drug and that they were conducting a full investigation into the matter. Warren noted that Sir Michael was "working closely with the feed company" to uncover which products were contaminated and was continuing to offer "his full co-operation" with the BHA.
In 2013, Estimate made international news when it became the first racehorse owned by a reigning monarch to win the Gold Cup in the race's entire 207-year history. Though that win will likely stand, Estimate's recent second place finish in the Cup last month could be in jeopardy.
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An inquest into the death of British socialite and TV presenter Peaches Geldof revealed that a massive stash of drugs was found in her home, and that her infant son had been left alone with her body for nearly an entire day.
Geldof died on April 6 from a heroin overdose, according to a coroner who investigated. Police looking into her death found a wide range of paraphernalia in her home including burnt spoons, 79 syringes, and close to seven grams of “importation quality” heroin. Her one-year-old son, Phaedra, had been left with Geldof’s body for 17 hours before before husband Thomas Cohen arrived at the house.
Although Geldof had received drug treatment in the two years before she died, Cohen said he had observed her flushing drugs she had hidden down a toilet. She had also been reportedly taking weekly drug tests and told Cohen they were negative, but he said in a recent hearing that he thought she had been lying.
She tragically followed the fate of her mother, Paula Yates, who died of a heroin overdose in 2000 at the age of 41. Geldof had struggled with substance abuse throughout her life; she was questioned but not charged in May 2008 after allegedly offering a drug dealer more than $300 and she reportedly overdosed that same year.
In a final interview just weeks before her death, Geldof told Aga Living magazine that her two sons, Phaedra and 23-month-old Astala, made her determined not to repeat what happened with her own mother. "Now [that] I am a mum, I can correct those awful parts of my childhood. It really is a healing process," she said. "Before, I was not at peace with myself because I was traumatized about it. That's why I was living a chaotic lifestyle. But [now] that I have the kids, I can heal the situation. It's so good in every single way."
Deviating from the typical award acceptance speech, Bring Me the Horizon lead vocalist Oli Sykes thanked all his friends, family, and fans for helping him through his drug addiction while accepting the AMPA award for Album of the Year for Sempiternal.
"I want to say something that I thought I’d actually never talk about. Before we wrote Sempiternal I was a f***ing drug addict. I was addicted to a drug called ketamine; I was on it for years and I was f***ed off my head," the 27-year-old singer said in his fast-paced speech. "My band wanted to kill me, my parents wanted to kill me and my f***ing brother wanted to kill me; everyone wanted to f***ing kill me. But they didn’t. They stood by me, they supported me through all of that s***and we wrote Sempiternal because of it."
Sykes expressed appreciation to all the people who wrote him while he was in rehab even though he told no one that he was seeking treatment.
"No one f***ing knows this but I went to rehab for a month," Sykes said. "And throughout that time, as well as my f***ing band and my family, you guys – you had no f***ing idea that I was in rehab – you were sending me letters, you were sending me texts, you were sending me f***ing emails. And when I got out of rehab I didn’t want to f***ing scream it anymore, I wanted to sing it from the f***ing rooftops."
Sykes concluded with a simple thank you before exiting the stage.
Watch Sykes' acceptance speech below: