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Vili Fualaau Emotionally Recalls Mary Kay Letourneau’s Final Moments & Death

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Vili Fualaau is opening up about the emotional final moments he spent with his beloved Mary Kay Letourneau before her death earlier this year at the age of 58.

Infamously forever known as the former teacher’s one-time student lover, Fualaau sat down with Dr. Mehmet Oz for an interview that’ll air on his eponymous talk show on Wednesday.

Related: Mary Kay Letourneau ‘Made Peace’ With Everything Before Her Death

It’s an emotional scene for the now-34-year-old father as he spoke about Letourneau’s final moments alive before her untimely passing due to cancer in July. He recalled to the Dr. and talk show host how they had been having a normal conversation about their family when, all of a sudden, it turned out to be their very last one.

Fualaau said (below):

“We were just talking about when they were kids and we were laughing. And I turned over and I didn’t see her chest moving. And I thought it was maybe one of those pauses she has and she’ll come back. You know, she’s gonna take a deep breath and she’s gonna come back. I would count in-between those pauses and it was just the longest count that I had.”

Wow. Talk about sudden and scary… Of course, Letourneau had been battling stage four cancer for some time, so Fualaau had been emotionally prepared knowing he would eventually have to face that moment. But as it came, he was overcome with emotion — and he broke down in tears again telling it to Dr. Oz.

From there, he called to their children, Audrey and Georgia, that they needed to hurry and go get the rest of their family in order to say goodbye:

“In that moment, I had to… I had to tell the kids that they needed to call the rest of the siblings to come and say their goodbyes. That this is it.”

So sad…

Here’s the full clip of Fualaau’s recollection of that fateful July day (below):

As we mentioned (above), his full interview with Dr. Oz will air on Wednesday’s episode of the talk show.

Related: Vili Fualaau ‘Lost A Piece Of Himself’ After Mary Kay’s Tragic Passing

Of course, Letourneau and Fualaau became a hot topic in 1996 when they began a sexual relationship; she was a 34-year-old teacher and he was her 12-year-old sixth-grade student. One year later, she gave birth to their first child, and was later sentenced to seven years in prison for child rape, though she only served about six months before being initially released.

During that release, she became pregnant with Fualaau’s second child — the boy was 15 years old by that time — and the presiding judge ordered Letourneau to finish out her full sentence due to the second major violation.

After her release from prison, she and Fualaau eventually married in 2005, even as Letourneau was required to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life. In 2017, Fualaau filed for legal separation, though the pair remained close after that and in the time leading up to her death back on July 6.

[Image via Investigation Discovery/Dr. Oz/YouTube]

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Briana DeJesus FINALLY Responds to Rumors That She’s Hooking Up With Chris Lopez!

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Briana DeJesus and Kailyn Lowry have never been friends, exactly.


Depending on which one of them you ask, you might get a very different answer as to why that is.


Briana is likely to tell you that Kail didn’t like her from the moment she joined the cast of Teen Mom 2 — perhaps she felt threatened, or simply didn’t feel like sharing her spotlight.


Lowry, on the other hand, would probably say that her dislike for DeJesus has to do with Briana’s decision to date Javi Marroquin, the ex-husband with whom Kail was reportedly on the verge of reconciling.


We’re not sure which story is more accurate, but we do know the whole mess has been made worse by rumors that Briana is hooking up with Chris Lopez .


And Bri’s latest comments on the subject certainly haven’t helped the situation.


Take a look:

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Chris Caught In the Middle

Briana DeJesus was recently accused of hooking up with Kailyn Lowry’s baby daddy Chris Lopez. And Bri’s latest comments on the subject are unlikely to put Kail’s mind at ease.

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Kail’s Creed

Kail's Creed

As you probably know, Kail welcomed her fourth child back in July. The baby boy, named Creed, is her second kid by Lopez.

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An Honest Attempt

An Honest Attempt

Though she’s never quite gotten along with Lopez, Kail has always been clear about the fact that she wants all four of her boys to have close relationships with their fathers.

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A New Beginning?

A New Beginning?

And so, she allowed Chris to be present in the delivery room, and for a short period of time, Creed’s parents actually seemed to get along.

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Fed Up

Fed Up

As usual, the problems that interfered with Chris and Kail’s relationship were numerous, but one act in particular seemed to serve as the final straw for Lowry.

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A Thin Line Between Like and Hate

A Thin Line Between Like and Hate

Chris liked this photo of Briana on Instagram. Maybe it’s because Bri is her rival, or perhaps it’s the fact that DeJesus appears to be topless in the pic — whatever the reason, Kail reportedly went ballistic.

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Chris Speaks Out

Chris Speaks Out

Lopez posted an Instagram Live in which he mocked Kail and the media for making so much out of a simple like.

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Making His Case

Making His Case

“Are you butthurt about one picture?” he asked. “Oh my god, you need to grow up. You’re like probably 50 worrying about why I liked a picture. That’s what the app is for, guys.”

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Petty Crime

Petty Crime

Chris later confessed that he liked the pic to get under Kail’s skin, saying, “At the time I was being petty. I can admit it, at the time I was being petty.”

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Retaliation

Retaliation

Hilariously, Kail recently fired back by liking this photo of of Devoin Austin, one of Briana’s baby daddies.

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Innocent Bystander?

Innocent Bystander?

Despite being caught in the middle of this vicious back-and-forth between Kail and Chris, Briana has mostly kept her opinions to herself and allowed events to unfold as they may … until now.

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Poking the Bear

Poking the Bear

In a recent interview with the website Celeb, Bri finally responded to the allegations that she’s secretly hooking up with Chris — and her comments are sure to make Kail even more upset.

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Speaking Her Mind

Speaking Her Mind

“I’m not sure why this is suddenly a topic of discussion again — even though I have to admit it’s kind of funny as you know Kail’s going to be aggravated and she’s been nothing but a b-tch to me ever since I came on the show — but since it is, I’m going to address it,” DeJesus began.

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Summing Up the Situation

Summing Up the Situation

“Chris Lopez — Kail’s baby daddy — liked a photo of me on Instagram and suddenly there’s all these reports going around that either I’m trying to date him or he’s trying to date me or that we’re hooking up to spite Kail,” she continued.

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Clearing the Air

Clearing the Air

“None of this could be further from the truth,” Briana stated in no uncertain terms. “I am not hooking up with Chris, I have never hooked up with Chris, and I never will hook up with Chris.”

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Throwing Shade

Throwing Shade

From there, Briana roasted both Chris and Kail with one comment.

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Boom, Roasted

Boom, Roasted

“Even if I was attracted to him — which I’m not, to be clear — I want NO involvement with Kail or anyone she’s been involved with nor am I trying to give her babies a half-sibling LMAO.”

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The Past Is the Past

The Past Is the Past

Briana admitted that she might be deserving of some suspicion due to her past involvement with Javi, but she insists she’s totally blameless this time.

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Acknowledging Past Mistakes

Acknowledging Past Mistakes

“Yes, I know people will jump down my throat and say, ‘Well you already did cuz of Javi,’” Bri said. “I admit that and clearly, that relationship was a mistake.”

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A Solid Point

A Solid Point

“Not to mention he was cheating on all of us and playing all of us, so there’s that too- but unlike some people *cough* Kail *cough* I learn from my past. I would not repeat that mistake again,” she added.

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Going There

Going There

At that point, Bri brought up another part of Kail’s past that the mother of four would probably prefer not to think about.

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Bonded By Beef

Bonded By Beef

“Say what you will about Jenelle Evans — who I’ve always had a cordial relationship with — but facts are facts and she’s right regarding Kail,” Bri said, alluding to the feud between the former co-stars. “Kail continues to come for the same people time and time again — namely, Jenelle and I.”

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Trouble From the Start

Trouble From the Start

“She has had an issue with me since day one,” DeJesus added, turning her attention back to Kail, “and while at first it seemed to be over Javi- which, again, if she was over him I’m not really sure why that would have been an issue in the first place- I’m not quite sure what her issue is with me now.

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An Allegation of Snobbery

An Allegation of Snobbery

“While she thinks she’s ‘above’ me — and everyone else for that matter — the truth is that we all ended up on Teen Mom because we got pregnant at 16. For all of our ‘differences,’ we all started from the same place,” Bri added.

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No Longer Trying

No Longer Trying

DeJesus went on to say that she’s through trying to patch things up with Lowry: “At this point,” she said, “I don’t care to engage with Kail in terms of exploring ‘patching a relationship.’ I offered that up in the past to no avail and she continued to put me down and come for me … For how mature she wants to appear to be, it’s clear she’s still holding on to a grudge from the past.”

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The WAP Chronicles

The WAP Chronicles

“And I’m sure the rumors regarding Chris and I are only going to fuel her fire, but you heard it here from the source’s mouth — Chris and I are not an item and will never be,” DeJesus said. “I want no part of anything Kail’s WAP has touched, for real. Whatever’s between her and her baby daddies — including ones that beat her and cheat on her — is between her. I’m over anything involving her.”

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Putting An End to the Rumors

Putting An End to the Rumors

“If Chris and I are friendly on Instagram, I’m confirming that’s the extent of our ‘relationship,’” Bri added. “I’ve never met him, don’t intend to meet him, and- again- am not and WILL not ever date him or hook up with him. And that’s that.”

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Dropping the Mic

Dropping the Mic

“I apologize in advance that Kail won’t have something new to bash me on or attack me over,” Briana continued. “But knowing that old dog never learns new tricks I’m sure she can continue to harp on me from whatever past issues she has with me in her head. I can’t wait to hear the next Coffee and Convos where my name will surely come up.”

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A Final Burn

A Final Burn

“You’re welcome in advance for that free press, Kail,” DeJesus concluded. “Next time I’ll charge. Peace.” Something tells us that this feud is far from over!

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Loma – “Don’t Shy Away” & “I Fix My Gaze”

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Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record teamed up with Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg in 2017, forming a trio called Loma and releasing a self-titled record. Next month, they’re following it up with a new one called Don’t Shy Away, recorded at Duszynski’s house in rural Texas, and they’ve already shared two very good tracks from it, “Ocotillo” and “Half Silences.” Today, they’re sharing two more patiently unfolding songs.

The first, Don’t Shy Away’s title track, has a video directed by Duszynski. “I knew I wanted a single shot with a gradual reveal to complement the slower enveloping mood of the song,” he explains. “The time-stopping effect draws me in without distracting from the music. I also love Jonathan and the dogs’ cameos.”

The second is album closer “I Fix My Gaze,” which has a video from Cross. “I wanted to convey the feeling of being free even within a walled-in space,” she says. “Recognizing that you’re trapped, in a way, but that there is still beauty and joy to be found.”

“The video for ‘Don’t Shy Away’ was pure serendipity,” Meiburg adds. “So many things happen in it — the dogs, the birds, the timing — that could never be replicated, even if we tried. And I love Emily’s vision for ‘I Fix My Gaze.’ Emily was a visual artist before she was a musician, and it comes through in everything she does.”

Listen to both songs and watch both videos below.

Don’t Shy Away is out 10/23 on Sub Pop. Pre-order it here.

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‘Dolittle’: Retracing the legacy of John Hunter, the pioneering surgeon who inspired the whimsical doctor

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The character of Doctor Dolittle, a medical man who uses his ability to speak to animals (Dod Whisperer) to become an eccentric veterinarian, was conceived by Hugh Lofting in a series of stories set in Victorian England. Since then, the character has become a household name, with a new film adaptation on the way starring Robert Downey Jr. as the titular physician. 

What most people don’t know is that the real-life Scottish surgeon John Hunter (1728-1793), who was one of the most distinguished (if controversial) scientists of his age, was a major inspiration for Lofting when he created Doctor Dolittle. Ironically, Hunter is also believed to have been an inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s horror classic ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’.

Hunter was reportedly a lover of animals and a naturalist who collected specimens from around the world, creating a vast collection of samples that have proven instrumental in the study of anatomy.  Interestingly enough, Hunter was also a teacher to Edward Jenner, the English physician who is best known for the work he did towards creating a vaccine for smallpox. 

In his time (and even today) Hunter was a divisive figure. On the one hand, he was one of the most prominent surgeons of his time and is one of many figures who have been popularly regarded as the fathers of modern surgery. On the other hand, some believe that he used less than savory methods to further his research, including grave robbery, human experimentation, and a number of other charges. 

The truth about these charges may never come to light, considering the decades that have passed since his time. What we do know for sure is that without Hunter, modern medicine might have turned out very differently and we may never have been gifted with the delightful Doctor Dolittle. That’s quite a legacy for one man to leave behind.

‘Dolittle’ starring Robert Downey Jr. will arrive in theaters on January 17.

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