Cardi B will give her first post-pregnancy performance on Monday night, when she opens the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City.
The “I Like it” rapper shared a screenshot on Instagram of MTV’s tweet promoting her appearance, with the caption, "Wanna party with Cardi??? @iamcardib will open the 2018@VMAs. You don’t wanna miss this. August 20th at 9 p on MTV #VMAS Everything might happen.”
Jorda FrantzisCardi B leads all artists with ten nominations. She is up for Artist of the Year and Best New Artist, and her “Finesse” remix with Bruno Mars received five nominations, including Video of the Year and Song of the Year.
In addition, her song “Bartier Cardi” featuring 21 Savage is up for Best Hip-Hop and Best Collaboration, and Cardi is also nominated in the Best Latin category for her “Dinero” collaboration with Jennifer Lopez and DJ Khaled.
After pulling out of the Bruno Mars 24K Magic tour to care for her baby, Kulture, Cardi will be one of the headliners for two upcoming festivals: the Global Citizen Festival September 29 in New York City, and the Mala Luna Festival, held October 27 and 28 in San Antonio, Texas.
Epic RecordsCamila Cabello has released a new version of her song “Real Friends,” and this time around, she’s brought a friend.
The remixed track now features Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd, who contributes the second verse and some auto-tuned vocals throughout.
In the lyrics, Camila laments the difficulty of finding friends you can trust, singing, “I’m just looking for some real friends/All they ever do is let me down/Every time I let somebody in/Then I find out what they’re all about.”
“Real Friends” originally appeared on Camila’s self-titled debut solo album.
Camila also posted a mini tour diary video to Instagram, with a sweet message calling her fans her “real friends.”
“So #RealFriends is coming out tonight and I wanted to post a special tour diary that we made for the never be the same tour, it made me emo watching it, and i mean every word with all my heart,” she writes.
“i love you, you guys are forever my real friends.”
Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesCelebrities from all genres of music --and presidents -- are reacting to the death of Aretha Franklin, the music icon and undisputed Queen of Soul, who died on Thursday from advanced pancreatic cancer. She was 76. Here's a sampling:
Clive Davis, who signed Aretha to Arista Records in 1980: "I’m absolutely devastated by Aretha’s passing. She was truly one of a kind. She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world."
Paul McCartney: "Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul"
Elton John, friend and duet partner: "The loss of @ArethaFranklin is a blow for everybody who loves real music: Music from the heart, the soul and the Church. Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated – she was one of my favourite pianists."
The Rolling Stones: "Very sad to hear the news about Aretha, she was so inspiring and wherever you were she always brought you to church."
Bette Midler: "The greatest voice in American popular music has been stilled. Our beloved #ArethaFranklin has gone. For me, she was a musical lighthouse, guiding and inspiring with every note. I loved her so and love her still. Goodbye, Queen of Soul."
Gene Simmons of KISS: "So sad. Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul has passed away. Our prayers and condolences to family, friends and fans."
Cyndi Lauper: "Thank you for all the music and all those beautiful notes that inspired me growing up and all through my life. Rip my love to her family. Thank you for sharing her with us."
Barbara Streisand: "Aretha & I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch. It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer, but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world"
Diana Ross: "I’m sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin."
Smokey Robinson: "This morning my longest friend in this world went home to be with our Father. I will miss her so much but I know she’s at peace. #QueenOfSoul"
Lenny Kravitz: "The Queen of Soul has left this earth to sit on her throne in heaven. How blessed we were to hear the best that God had to offer in her voice. RESPECT!"
Kelly Clarkson: "Aretha Franklin is the reason why I sing from that part deep inside of me that few could ever reach. She was my favorite and will always be. What a gift she has left all of us with her musical footprints. There will never be another like her. She was truly special. #QueenOfSoul."
John Legend: "Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I've ever known."
Sam Moore of Sam & Dave: "Aretha Franklin and I have been friends and label mates for more than sixty years. I adored her and I know the feelings were mutual. While I’m heartbroken that she’s gone I know she’s in the Lord's arms and she’s not in pain or suffering anymore from the damn cancer that took her away from us. I’m going to hope, pray and count on the fact that I will see her again sometime. Rest in the Lord's arms in love, Re."
Lionel Richie: "Her voice; her presence; her style No one did it better Truly the Queen of Soul I will miss you!"
Tony Bennett: "It was a double thrill for me to perform on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera on my 85th birthday and have the Queen of Soul (and heart) Aretha Franklin singing with me....she will be missed by the world."
Nile Rodgers: "I just finished interviews in Berlin, and was informed the mighty @ArethaFranklin has passed. RIPArethaFranklin #QueenofSoul"
Annie Lennox, duet partner: "As the One and Only ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin was simply peerless. She has reigned supreme. and will always be held in the highest firmament of stars as the most exceptional vocalist, performer and recording artist the world has ever been privileged to witness. Superlatives are often used to describe astonishing artists, but in my view even superlatives seem insufficient. Everyone who loved Aretha will be saying little prayers of gratitude, appreciation and respect for the musical life force that has enriched our lives. Her voice will soar on forever."
Hugh Jackman: "One of the highlights of my career was singing with #ArethaFranklin at The Tony Awards. It was an out of body experience for me. One of greatest singers of all time. You will be missed by all"
Fergie: "RESPECT. Her legendary voice came straight from God. Now her soul is with Him. Thank you Aretha"
Maxwell: “this morning we lost an icon a legend a voice a musician an activist: her soul lives on may you sleep in heavenly peace ms. franklin.”
The Obamas: "...Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance....May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. Michelle and I send our prayers and warmest sympathies to her family and all those moved by her song.
Donald Trump: "The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!"
Raymond Hall/GC ImagesIf you thought Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s engagement after a few weeks of dating was fast, turns out it could have happened even faster.
Pete tells GQ magazine that he would’ve proposed to Ariana after just a day.
"The day I met her, I was like, 'Hey, I'll marry you tomorrow,'" he says. "She was calling my bluff. I sent her a picture [of engagement rings]. I was like, 'Do you like any of these?' She was like, 'Those are my favorite ones,' and I was like, 'Sick.'"
The SNL star ended up proposing with a $93,000 pear-shaped diamond in June. The couple recently moved into an New York City apartment that reportedly cost $16 million.
"She's really sweet. She's like, 'This is our house,' and I'm like, 'You're very nice for saying that. Thank you for letting me stay here,'" he jokes. "She's like, 'We're getting married!' And I'm like, 'I know, thank you for letting me stay here.'"
Up next for the two – after Ariana drops her album Sweetener on Friday, of course – is decorating their apartment and starting the wedding planning.
"It's like, we have six beanbags, but we have no forks—you know what I mean?" he says. "We're learning how to be adults. We're having a really fun time."
Aretha Franklin, the pastor's daughter who became the undisputed Queen of Soul over a career that spanned more than five decades, has died of advanced pancreatic cancer, ABC News has confirmed.
"It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul," read a statement from her rep.
"Franklin, 76 years old, passed away on Thursday morning, August 16 at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, MI, surrounded by family and loved ones. Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s Oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, MI."
“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds," the statement continued.
“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”
Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.
Franklin's health had been a concern for the past few years, causing a spate of concert cancellations. In 2017, she appeared alarmingly thin but claimed it was a side effect of an unspecified medication. After announcing she was retiring from the road in 2017, Franklin still scheduled shows for 2018 but in March, she was ordered by her doctors to cancel all shows and rest for two months. Despite rumors of serious health problems, she's never publicly spoken about her ailments.
Merely saying that Franklin was one of the greatest vocalists of all time hardly seems adequate to describe her influence and impact -- her voice was officially declared a natural resource by her home state of Michigan. In 2015, President Barack Obama said of Franklin: "Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B, rock and roll -- the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope."
Franklin started her music career early, singing gospel music as a child at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit where her father, C.L. Franklin, was minister. In 1960, at the age of 18, she signed to Columbia Records and experienced some success, especially on the R&B charts. But it wasn't until 1967, when she signed to Atlantic Records, that her career really took off.
For Atlantic, Franklin recorded-now classics "Respect," "Chain of Fools," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," and "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)," which helped her cross over to the pop charts. She won her first Grammy in 1968, the same year she appeared on the cover of TIME magazine. She'd eventually go on to win a total of 20 Grammys, including special Grammys awarded outside of competition, and chart more than 73 songs on the Billboard Hot 100.
Franklin was also part of the civil rights movement of the sixties and has been called "the voice of Black America." Having met Martin Luther King Jr. through her father, himself a noted civil rights leader, she sang at events with Dr. King and her signature hit, "Respect," became a civil rights anthem. When King was assassinated in 1968, Franklin performed "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" at his funeral.
Aretha's hits continued through the '70s but she left Atlantic records in 1979, signing to Clive Davis' label, Arista, in 1980. That same year, she made her unforgettable appearance as a waitress in The Blues Brothers. Her 1982 album, Jump to It, returned her to the pop charts for the first time in six years. She remained with Arista for more than 20 years, racking up hits like "Who's Zoomin' Who," "Freeway of Love" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash." In 1987, she was the first female performer inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
During this time, Aretha also started recording duets with younger artists, including Eurythmics, Whitney Houston, Michael McDonald, Mary J. Blige, Elton John and George Michael, the latter with whom she scored the 1987 #1 smash duet "I Knew You Were Waiting for Me."
In 1994, Franklin received the Kennedy Center Honors, at the time the youngest person to be so honored. That same year, she received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She was also the recipient of the National Medal of the Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among countless other awards.
While Franklin's musical output covered rock, soul, pop, R&B and gospel, in 1998 she proved she really could sing anything by belting out the operatic aria "Nessun Dorma" at the Grammy Awards, filling in for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti.
Over the past 15 years, Franklin performed at a number of high-profile events. In 2006, she sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XL in Detroit with Aaron Neville and Dr. John. She performed "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at President Barack Obama's inauguration, where her fanciful hat received nearly as much attention as her vocal performance.
Franklin continued to release albums throughout the 2000s, including a 2014 album that featured her singing songs by other female artists including Adele, Barbra Streisand and Alicia Keys. Her version of "Rolling in the Deep" gave her her 100th charted song on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Recently, Franklin had spoken of an album she'd been working on with Stevie Wonder, and early in 2018, it was announced that Jennifer Hudson would portray her in a biopic.
Terence Patrick/CBSAriana Grande is the latest musician to ride shotgun in The Late Late Show's"Carpool Karaoke" segment with JamesCorden.
The pair started the ride Wednesday night singing "Dangerous Woman," followed by "Side to Side," but they quickly moved on to Ariana's newest songs like "No More Tears Left to Cry" and "God Is a Woman," off her upcoming album, Sweetener.
James and Ariana also talked about her bizarre Jaws-themed second birthday, which she explained by pointing at her head and declaring, "It's weird up here." She went on to say that she grew up listening to pop icons like WhitneyHouston, Beyonce, and even CelineDion -- following by a spot-on impression of Celine while singing "It's All Coming Back to Me Now."
The car ride got especially quirky when Corden asked if the rumors are true that Ariana likes her bodyguards to carry her around. She responded, "No! No! That's so stupid." But that didn't stop Corden from carrying Ariana on his back as they stopped to grab coffee.
"I'm Ariana Grande. I must be carried," she joked to the patrons inside the Starbucks. "If you see me anywhere, it's because I didn't walk there myself. I promise."
The joyride ended with a sweet rendition of the two harmonizing to "Suddenly Seymour" from Little Shop of Horrors.
Ariana clearly had fun, tweeting after the segment aired, "the most fun ever. thank u so much @jkcorden for having me @latelateshow. james, i’ll be waiting for my piggyback ride tomorrow at noon pls."
Selena Gomez is finally getting back to music: It appears that the long-awaited follow-up to her 2015 album Revival is ready.
During a live stream on a friend's Instagram account earlier this week, Selena stuck her head into the shot and blurted, "My album's coming out later." She then added, "I'm done with it."
Between Revival and now, Selena has released a string of stand-alone singles, including "Bad Liar," "It Ain't Me," "Fetish," "Wolves," and her current track "Back to You," from the 13 Reasons Why soundtrack. It's not known if any or all of those songs will be on her new album.
Earlier this year, Selena told Harper’s Bazaar, “I don’t feel confident enough in where my music is yet,” adding, "If that takes 10 years, then it takes 10 years. I don’t care."
While we're waiting for Selena's new music, you can pre-order her new capsule fashion collection from Coach. Priced from $20 to just over a thousand bucks, the items range from sweaters, hoodies and a fanny pack to embellished handbags, faux fur leather jackets and lightweight dresses.
Vincent Sandoval/Getty ImagesDanity Kane is aiming to make a comeback.
The girl group, formed on MTV’s Making the Band in 2005, have announced a fall tour. This new iteration of the group will only feature three of its original five members: Aubrey O'Day, Dawn Richard and Shannon Bex.
The trio will perform 15 shows across the country, beginning in September. Dubbed The Universe Is Undefeated Tour, the trek will hit cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas. Dates and venues for all of the tour stops have not yet been released.
“new albums, new era, grown us. don’t miss it,” the group wrote on Instagram, along with a photo announcing the tour cities.
This will mark the first time in four years the trio has performed together. The tour will include songs from their solo projects as well as Danity Kane hits like “Damaged.”
The original Danity Kane included members D. Woods and Aundrea Fimbres. The group released three albums together. The first two debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart; the third, recorded without D. Woods or Aundrea and released in 2014, peaked at #44.
Dave M. Benett/VF17/WireImageIt seems even Orlando Bloom’s former in-laws love Katy Perry.
Therese and John Kerr -- the parents of Orlando’s ex-wife, Australian model Miranda Kerr -- spent some time with Katy backstage at her Sydney concert Tuesday, in celebration of John’s 57th birthday.
Therese posted a photo to her Instagram page and thanked both Katy and Orlando for making the night so special.
“We were totally spoilt, had our own private sectioned off area with lovely organic wine Katy organized for us, got to spend some time with Katy and Katy even said ‘happy birthday Johnny Kerr’ from the stage,” Orlando's ex-motherin-law wrote. “A gorgeous, beautiful and incredibly talented young woman.”
Orlando and Miranda split in 2013; they share a seven-year-old son, Flynn. Miranda has since remarried and had a son with Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel.
Katy and Orlando have been on-again, off-again since 2016. They’re currently on.
Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for NetflixConsider our wigs snatched. Sia stepped out for a rare appearance Tuesday night without her signature face-disguising bob.
She showed up to an event honoring Netflix’s Ozark in Los Angeles with her face and real blonde hair fully visible. She even posed for photos with Ozark star Jason Bateman, as seen on Entertainment Tonight. The singer wore a one-shoulder black dress with a Chanel belt.
The "Cheap Thrills" hitmaker has previously explained her unique disguises many times before, saying she does it to preserve her anonymity.
“It’s just for fun and for privacy,” she told ABC’s Good Morning America. “I’ve been walking around New York this whole time. I don’t need security detail, I don’t need anything special. I just walk around and I can do that and that’s a real luxury when you’re in my industry.”
Mert & MarcusAt her concert in Florida Tuesday night, Taylor Swiftreflected on the one-year anniversary of the groping trial she won against former DJ David Mueller.
"This exact day a year ago, I was not playing a sold-out stadium in Tampa, I was in a courtroom in Denver, Colorado," she told the crowd.
She referenced her sexual assault case, noting that the jury "sided in my favor and said they believed me."
"I guess I just think about all the people who weren't believed," she said, getting emotional. "And the people who are afraid to speak up, because they think they won't be believed."
Swift said she was "sorry" to anyone who wasn't taken seriously after they accused someone of assault.
"I don't know what turn my life would have taken if they didn't believe me," she continued. "I just wanted to say we have so, so much further to go and I'm so grateful to you guys for being there during what was a really, really horrible part of my life."
She closed by thanking her fans for supporting her through the ups and downs of her very public life and added, "I'm sorry, I just haven't really talked about it, so I'm not composed at all."
In that trial one year ago, a Denver jury sided with Swift against Mueller's claim that the allegations of groping -- made by Swift, her mother Andrea Swift and her radio manager Frank Bell -- had intentionally interfered with his employment contract and business opportunities, resulting in his firing and lost wages.
The jury voted to award Swift the $1 she asked for in the civil court case.
ABC/Paula LoboIf you were alive in the late '90s, you probably know the song "Bitch" by Meredith Brooks; released in 1997, it hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 that year. Now fast forward 21 years: Brooks is back on the chart, sort of, thanks to Bebe Rexha.
Bebe's latest hit "I'm a Mess" gives partial songwriting credit to Brooks and her co-writer on "Bitch," Shelly Peiken, even though neither woman had anything to do with Bebe's song.
"Of course, I've known that song, it's an incredible record," Bebe says of "Bitch," which came out when she was eight years old. "That wasn't our inspiration for ['I'm a Mess'], but after playing it for a couple people, some people said that it reminded them of [it]."
It seems the part of the song where Bebe sings "I'm a mess/I'm a loser/I'm a hater/I'm a user," was a bit too close for comfort to the chorus of "Bitch," which goes "I'm a bitch/I'm a lover/I'm a child/I'm a mother."
"So, I said, you know what? As a songwriter, I wanna respect other artists, and I don't wanna come across something like that," Bebe tells ABC Radio. "I just took the safer precaution and gave them publishing, as...an interpolation...so, it was really cool."
Bebe's experience isn't unusual these days. On his hit "Shape of You," Ed Sheeran credited the writers of TLC's '90s hit "No Scrubs" after people noticed similarities between them. And Sam Smith famously credited Tom Petty on his hit "Stay with Me," after people noticed it sounded like Petty's hit "I Won't Back Down" -- despite the fact that Sam said he'd never heard it.
ABC/Rick RowellJoe Jonas is turning 29 and getting married...which means he's ready for a new home.
People reports the singer, whose birthday is on Wednesday, has listed his Sherman Oaks abode for $4.2 million. He’s lived in the four-bedroom, six-bathroom estate for about two years.
The modern farmhouse-style property features a detached guest house, an extra-long pool with a hot tub and a movie screening room.
Joe’s realtor Carl Gambino tells People Joe often buys and sells homes as an investment. “This is the ideal time to sell,” he says of the listing.
He adds, “It’s no secret Joe is a design buff and this home stands out because of the attention to detail that was placed in the selection of every single fixture, piece of furniture and art.”
Joe enjoyed an early birthday party over the weekend in Miami, People magazine reports. He celebrated with his fiancee Sophie Turner, his brother Nick Jonas and one heck of a bar bill. A source tells People that on Saturday night, when Joe and his party arrived at a club, they ordered more than $10,000 worth of Don Julio 1942 tequila, champagne and vodka.
Courtesy MTVApparently, the one requirement for performing at this year's MTV VMA red carpet pre-show is that your name begins with a "B."
BackstreetBoys, Bazzi and Bryce Vine will all be performing live during the lead-in to the Video Music Awards, starting at 8 p.m. ET on August 20. The event -- held outside New York's Radio City Music Hall -- will be hosted by, among others, Pauly D and Vinny Guadagnino of Jersey Shore Family Vacation.
The event will also include a PUSH Artists Stage, where rising stars like Hayley Kiyoko, Jessie Reyez, Juice WRLD and PRETTY MUCH will perform.
The 2018 MTV VMAs air live from New York City on Monday, August 20 at 9 p.m. ET. Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Logic with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and Post Malone will all perform. Jennifer Lopez will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and perform on the telecast for the first time since 2001.
Shahar Azran/Christian Tachiera Wanna feel old? Next month marks the 30th anniversary of New Kids on the Block's breakthrough album, Hangin' Tough, which was released September 6, 1988. To commemorate the occasion, the group will do a special New York City concert at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem.
The October 7 show will be the group's first time back at the Apollo since they debuted "Please Don't Go Girl" at the theater's famous amateur night, where they earned cheers from the notoriously tough-to-please audience. A Fan Club pre-sale starts at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Hangin' Tough was New Kids on the Block's second album, but it was the one that launched them to stardom, spinning off hits including "Please Don't Go Girl" -- their first top 10 single -- plus "You Got It (The Right Stuff)," "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)," the title track and "Cover Girl." The album has gone on to sell 14 million copies worldwide.
ABC/Lou RoccoIt seems like forever since we've heard any pop music from Tori Kelly -- her most recent hit is the country duet "Take Back Home Girl" with singer Chris Lane. But now, Tori has revealed that she's coming back with "a LOT" of new music.
In a lengthy post on her social media, Tori writes, "I know I've been laying low for a while and some very exciting things have happened in my life. The crazy thing about songwriting is you gotta live a little in order to have experiences to write about, and you guys have been so patient with me...which I appreciate."
She then goes on to say that she misses her fans and performing, adding that she's excited to "reveal what's in my heart."
"I couldn't be more hyped to be writing this right now," Tori continues. "I've been working on a lot of new music....(a LOT)...and the first project I'm eager to share is something I'm super passionate about and have always wanted to do. I cannot wait for you to hear it."
Unfortunately, Tori didn't give us any details about what this project is, or when we can hear it -- but stay tuned.
Gotham/GC ImagesNick Jonas’ family is reportedly heading to India to meet his fiancée Priyanka Chopra’s family.
A source tells People that Nick and his relatives will be traveling to the actress’ native country for a gathering with her family, including mother Madhu and brother Siddharth.
Nick previously traveled to India with Priyanka back in June. They attended a lavish pre-engagement bash for Akash Ambani, the eldest son of India’s richest family, in Mumbai. They also hit the beach together in Goa.
The two reportedly got in engaged in July, on Priyanka’s 36th birthday in London. They have yet to publicly confirm the engagement.
Island/Hollywood/SafehouseThree weeks after the overdose which put her in the hospital, Demi Lovato is on the road to recovery, but it's a long road, reports E! News.
A source tells E! that Demi "will be in rehab for several months and is doing an extensive program to ensure she gets the help she needs." The 25-year-old singer is reportedly in Chicago working with a therapist who specializes in sobriety and mental health.
The source adds that Demi "hasn't been in communication with anyone and is really focusing on herself." While her ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama is in contact with Demi's family and "has been checking on [her] status," the insider says that he hasn't been able to speak with her because her family "is trying to make sure they eliminate all distractions."
The good news, dishes the source, is that Demi is "doing much better." Since she's begun to understand that she "almost died," she's "become more open and is happy she is getting the help she needs."
"Demi hopes to make a full recovery and be able to do the one thing she loves: Music," adds the source.
At the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, Demi's friend Lauren Jaureguitold ET, "I have spoken with her and honestly, I just send so much love."
The Fifth Harmony member added, "We all go through our own struggles in life, and I feel like it's incredibly brave of her to be so open about it...I just send her love and healing from whatever place I can. She knows I love her.”