As Heather Morris continues to mourn longtime friend and co-star Naya Rivera, the Glee grad has a special message for fans of their characters’ relationship: “Thank you.”
Morris fought back tears in an emotional video she posted to Instagram on Sunday, telling fans, “I have been feeling very heavy lately, this aching in my heart to connect with my fans — to connect with everybody who’s been feeling a little lost and a little confused during this time.”
Segueing the conversation to “Brittana,” Morris said, “I don’t need to explain what the importance of Brittany and Santana’s relationship was to all of you who are watching. Most of you felt like it was your gateway into your current life. Most of you felt like it was an inspiration to become your best self. I want you to know that that was never lost on me. It was never lost on Naya. We both knew how special it was. I think she knew a little bit more than I did. I really felt it a lot later with all the messages and all the people reaching out.”
“I know the writers knew that as well,” she continued. “They were basically writing for the fans! … The fans were such a huge impact on our storyline. I want to thank you all for being such advocates and so supportive of Santana and Brittany’s relationship, because without you guys it never would have existed. You guys helped create something for the writers, and for Naya and I, that made an impact that will last for a lifetime — and beyond that.”
Brittany Pierce and Santana Lopez, better known to passionate fans as “Brittana,” were put through the ringer throughout their six seasons on the Fox musical comedy. After coming to terms with their respective sexualities, the ladies briefly separated when Santana went off to college, only to eventually reunite — and get married! — before the series wrapped in 2015.
Rivera, 33, died in a drowning accident earlier this summer. Her body was recovered in California’s Lake Piru on July 13, five days after she was first reported missing.
Hit PLAY on Morris’ video message below, then drop a comment with your favorite Brittany/Santana memories.
How Many Tattoos Does Demi Lovato Have? Each 1 Has Such Deep Meaning
Harry Styles, Ariana Grande, and Justin Bieber are just some of the celebrities known for having huge tattoo collections. Each of them has at least 40 tats, and by the looks of it, they’re not stopping any time soon. Every time fans see them, they spot another one. Based on her regular Instagrams at the tattoo parlor, Demi Lovato is solidifying her spot on the list of celebs who can’t stop, won’t stop getting tatted too. Fans curious to find out how many tattoos Demi Lovato has will be surprised to hear the answer.
Lovato’s tats are usually symbolic, many reflecting her personal experiences with mental health, while others are tributes to her late family members and pets. Since a lot of her tattoos are visible, Lovato often shares the meanings behind them on social media in order to help fans understand them. She also has a few pieces that aren’t easily seen, making them a total mystery to her followers.
In a 2010 interview with Hollywood Life, Lovato revealed she got her first tattoo at the age of 16. Her collection has grown so much through the years, and right now, while it’s impossible to pin-point exactly how many tattoos she has, it’s clear she has over 25 in 2020. Each one is significant and tells a part of the star’s life story, and you can read about some of them below.
1. “You Make Be Beautiful” with a Dreamcatcher
Lovato’s first tattoo features the lyrics “You make me beautiful” from Bethany Dillon’s 2004 song “Beautiful.”
“The words were so encouraging and lifted me through a really dark time in my life. It’s kind of a Christian tattoo, so for me it’s religious, but it could be for anybody,” Lovato told Hollywood Life in 2010. A year after getting it in 2008, Lovato added two feathers underneath. In 2016, she expanded her tattoo again with a dreamcatcher.
2. A Feather
According to the singer, Lovato didn’t get this tat for any specific reason. “I have a feather behind my ear, and it honestly doesn’t mean anything. I just think it’s cute,” she told Hollywood Life in a 2010 interview.
Lovato had these infamous lips done when she was 18 years years old. In 2015, the singer replaced the design with a rose, causing controversy with the original tattoo artist who drew the lips for her.
4. “Stay Strong”
After completing rehab in 2011, Lovato said the first thing she did was get “Stay Strong” inked on her wrists. “A lot of fans were telling me that, and it helped me get through a rough period, so anytime that I would feel triggered to either self-harm or act out in an unhealthy behavior, I could look down at that and stay strong,” she told iHeartRadio at the time.
Many of Lovato’s tats are inspired by her religion, like the word “Faith,” which is located on her right arm.
7. “Now I’m a Warrior”
The phrase is a lyric from Lovato’s song “Warrior,” off her self-titled 2013 album, Demi. “[The tattoo] was kind of like a tribute to releasing the album as well as overcoming some really, really difficult things in my life,” she explained on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2013.
9. Roman Numeral 3 on Her Wrist
The roman numeral three on Lovato’s wrist is in remembrance of her father, Patrick Lovato, who died of cancer in 2013. “That was kind of our number because we were huge fans of Dale Earnhardt and NASCAR. So, I think it’s not only my most redneck tattoo but one of the most meaningful as well,” she explained in a 2015 interview with Deezer.
10. Roman Numeral Dates on Her Ribcage
12. A Rose
In 2015, Lovato’s rose tattoo caused quite the stir because she used it to cover up her image of a pair of lips, which reminded her of another body part instead. The star’s original tattoo artist didn’t appreciate the change at all.
13. A Lion on Her Hand
Fans have a few different theories for what the meaning behind this tat is. The lion could represent the singer’s astrology sign, Leo, or her 2015 song “Lionheart,” which is about having courage. Not to mention, Lovato also used to call her late dog Buddy “little lion heart.”
14. A Portrait of Her Late Grandmother
For Lovato’s 26th birthday, she honored her grandmother by getting a portrait of her at the same age tattooed on her inner-forearm.
“This is for you Mimaw. You at 26 on my arm while I’m 26, and forever. I love you more. ❤️ Thank you @_dr_woo_ for making her come back to life for me.. it’s stunning and the most meaningful tattoo I have ever gotten. 🙏🏼🙌🏼,” Lovato wrote on Instagram.
16. “Buddy Was Here”
After Lovato’s dog Buddy passed away in 2015 from a tragic accident, she had “Buddy was here” written on her foot. In 2019, she added a portrait of him above the words. “I will love you forever and never forget you,” Lovato wrote about Buddy on IG.
Some of Lovato’s smallest tats are located on her fingers, like the phrase “me” on her left ring finger. In a June 2019 IG post, Lovato revealed it serves as a reminder to put herself first.
Lovato has continuously overcome her personal battles through the years in front of the entire world, so this phrase could reference her spirit of perseverance. “What I see in the mirror [is] someone that’s overcome a lot. I’ve been through a lot and I genuinely see a fighter,” the star once said about herself during a 2019 Teen Vogue Summit.
20. A Fallen Angel on her Upper Back
Ahead of making her first performance after her July 2018 hospitalization due to an apparent drug overdose, Lovato got a tattoo that symbolized the “spiritual awakening” she was going through.
“Having a fallen angel being lifted by 3, pure, angelic doves (the Holy Trinity) as her inner light is being guided by a higher consciousness, and the disintegration of her dark wings was representing the darkness I was shedding,” she explained in a Feb. 11 IG.
21. A Butterfly on her Neck
In less than a year, Lovato got three neck tattoos and her latest addition appears to be a realistic image of a butterfly. “Dear little me, I’m sorry that it took so long but baby your free,” she captioned her IG of the artwork, suggesting it represents freedom.
With her history of getting new pieces and touch ups every few years, her collection likely won’t stop here.
Bartenders Name Warming Whiskeys For The Cold Fall Evenings To Come
Not to be the bearer of (more) bad news, but the carefree (yeah, right), sun-filled days of summer are almost behind us. Fall and its brisk mornings are coming down the track. That means evenings will now be paired with a light jacket or sweatshirt and (hopefully) a glass of whisk(e)y.
While we’re all about dark beers during the autumnal months, there’s nothing quite like a mellow, warming dram of Scotch, bourbon, rye, or Irish whiskey on a cool evening. Especially if you’re still intrepid enough to get a little fire going and sip your drink while the crickets chirp. Since we want to get the most out of our fall drinking experience, we decided to ask some well-known bartenders to tell us their picks for the best whiskeys to warm you up on a chilly fall eve.
Knob Creek Smoked Maple
Reniel Garcia, bar director at Havana 1957 in Miami
Knob Creek Smoked Maple is my fall go-to. As the name suggests, it has a smoky flavor and a perfect touch of maple on the palate. It’s ideal for a cool fall evening.
Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie
Crystal Chasse, beverage director at Talk Story Rooftop in Brooklyn
Scotch is usually my go-to and on a cool night, I’d opt for a smooth drinking Scotch like Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie.
Made in Islay where most Scotches are peated heavily (including many from Bruichladdich), Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie is unpeated, with a silky body and notes of dried fruits and baking spices. It’s the perfect mix for a breezy fall evening.
Johnnie Walker Blue
Marla White, lead bartender at Lona Cocina & Tequilera in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Johnnie Walker, with your choice between the red, black, green, or blue. This whiskey is best served neat and is meant to be sipped — never to be rushed so that you can experience the evolving flavors.
Frantjesko Laonora, lead bartender at Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort in Curaçao
Japanese Whisky brand Suntory Toki is a whisky with simple fruity notes and hints of vanilla custard, toasted cereal, and wood spice that will inspire you to come back for more because of the light, refreshing and clean taste.
Hayden Miller, head bartender at Bodega Taqueria y Tequila in Miami
Kessler may not always live up to its “smooth as silk” tagline for every drinker but to me, it’s a throwback. Autumn sweaters and nostalgia can only be complemented by a bottle tied to memories — pick yours and reminisce.
Jameson Irish Whiskey
Molly Safuto, bartender at Mila Rooftop Bar in Glendale, California
Jameson Irish Whiskey will always be my favorite. From mixing it with ginger ale, to have it on the rocks it reminds me of holidays with my family and warming up by the fireplace.
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
Mitchell Cochran, bar manager at Shades Bar & Grill in South Walton, Florida
Woodford Reserve Double Oak. It has flavors of caramel, honey, and vanilla it gives a very creamy finish. Great for sipping in cooler weather.
David Nicholson Reserve
Andy Printy, beverage director at Chao Baan in St. Louis
The best whiskey for those cool fall evenings has to be David Nicholson Reserve. Originally an old “store” brand, this is a great high rye bourbon that Lux Row distillers have brought back to life. Punching much softer than the 100 proof on the label would suggest, this features tons of pecan and gingerbread up front and finishes with dry lumber and vanilla.
It’s very light and gently complex, this one is best served neat or just a bit of ice.
Brendan Bartley, head bartender and beverage director at Bathtub Gin in New York City
I can recommend one of my guilty pleasures in whisky. Bunnahabhain 18 Year is my poison of choice. Islay is known for making smoky whiskies and very good ones at that. This is one of the best to come out of there, in my opinion. Natural color, no-chill filtration, aged in mainly sherry. It’s a whisky that, given the right environment, will whisper sweet nothings to your soul. Has a load of fruit flavors and baking spice, but also some lighter fruits you might not expect, like pineapple and pomegranate.
It may not be for everyone, but those who like it will love it.
Mister Katz’s Rock & Rye
Max Stampa-Brown, beverage director at Borrachito in New York City
Mister Katz’s Rock & Rye from New York Distilling Company is sweet and comforting. Lots of tobacco and husk cherry going on. I would gladly cozy up with a Manhattan made with this juice. A Manhattan with Mister Katz’s tastes like a damn sunset.
Gavin Humes, bartender at Scratch | Bar & Restaurant in Encino, California
My favorite cocktail in the world is a beautifully made Sazerac. When I’m sipping one of those on one of the few cool fall evenings we have here in California, I’m reaching for the Sazerac Rye. It’s a fantastic pairing with the Peychaud’s bitters, and just makes an excellent Sazerac. It’s delicious neat as well.
Jon Gosselin Sends A Message To Ex Kate Amid Allegations Of Abuse Against Their Teenage Son
Jon and Kate Gosselin’s eight children from Jon & Kate Plus 8 are all grown up. Twin daughters Cara and Madelyn are 19 years old, while sextuplets Alexis, Aaden, Joel, Leah, Hannah, and Collin are 16.
In 2016, Collin was admitted to an inpatient program for children with special needs. After he was released, Jon filed for full legal and physical custody over him.
Jon was granted custody and Collin moved in with him, insisting it was in the teen’s best interests.
But it wasn’t long before Collin accused his dad of being physically abusive toward him, with a string of disturbing claims.
Kate supported Collin’s claims, publicly calling her ex-husband a “violent and abusive person.”
But Jon is wholeheartedly denying these allegations and has been cleared of any abuse.
Now, in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight, Jon has shared his pointed message for Kate, addressing her directly through his computer screen.
See his message for Kate in the clip below.
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