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AnnaLynne McCord Reveals Sexual Assault and Suicide Thoughts

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AnnaLynne McCord is done keeping quiet and bottling it up inside. The 90210 actress is opening up about her suicidal thoughts after a sexual assault. Her essay, penned in the July issue of Cosmopolitan and heartbreaking, as it comes in the wake of the #YesAllWomen trend. 

She revealed that after a sexual assault by a friend she was staying with after moving to L.A, she was on the brink of suicide. Then 18 years old, she bottled it up inside, but now at 26 she’s “done staying quiet about my sexual assault.” She hopes her efforts will aid other women living in silence.

She never identifies the man who raped her, but explains she has known him for some time and let his stay over at her apartment. 

“He said he needed a good night’s sleep for a meeting, as he’d been crashing on someone’s couch. I had known him for some time, so I said to come over and I set him up with a clean towel,” she writes. “We sat on the bed and talked for a while, then I fell asleep. When I woke up, he was inside me.”

“At first, I felt so disoriented and numb, I closed my eyes and pretended to be asleep. I wondered if I had done something to give him the wrong idea. I felt afraid of making him angry. Believe it or not, I didn’t want to offend him. I just wanted it to be over. My childhood had come back to haunt me again: Because of the physical abuse, I didn’t believe there were borders between other people’s bodies and my own. I didn’t believe I had a voice.”

Suddenly her thoughts got  clearer. I said, ‘Please, don’t!’ He stopped and went in the bathroom and finished. I lay there and stared at the ceiling for the rest of the night, frozen. At dawn, I wrote a note to him and left. I sat outside in a car and waited for him to leave. When he did, I went back inside, took a shower, and pretended it hadn’t happened.”

At first, she kept the rape a secret, ashamed of what had happened. She turned very dark and began cutting, but after a friend told her the man was telling people that she was in love with him, she told her friends and family of the incident.

Unfortunately, as with most cases, it would “take an outright breakdown to truly turn things around.” She was in her 20’s, just landed the role of Naomi Clarke in 90210 and in an unhealthy relationship with a man she broke up with about 45-times. (Could she be referring to Kellen Lutz?) The torment was getting to her and a fight with then-boyfriend led her to thinking suicide was the solution.“I had pills and water in hand and thought seriously about killing myself,” she writes. “I didn’t fear death—it felt like a solution.” Thankfully, she resisted the urges and soon got professional help. 

In 90210 her character Naomi was a victim of rape and when AnnaLynne filmed the scene she broke down. Her cast mates thought she did such a good job, not knowing that she really was sexually assaulted by someone she knew. 

McCord finally got some professional help and credits much of her strength from working with abuse and sexual slavery victims in Cambodia. She admits she enjoys “profound intimacy” with her now partner, Dominic Purcell of Prison Break. She also admits that she would endure everything all over again. “It has led me to my own revolution.” 

In the article, she also opens up about her troubled upbringing with very strict parents, who would discipline her and her sisters. She knew they thought they were doing the right thing, but in her eyes it was just abuse. She admits their abuse, strict views on sex caused her to have dysfunctional relationship and becomes promiscuous as she got older. 

“I became sort of promiscuous but didn’t actually have sex. I’d get right there with the guy and then stop, thinking I’d go to hell,” she shares, adding that she also “pushed men to be violent” toward her. “My sexual relationships were dark and violently dramatic.”

McCord admitted to being sexually assaulted at a Love Is Life event in 2012, stating that the worst part was not having a voice. Not having the ability to say no in a situation that involves you and your body.

This comes around the same time that #YesAllWomen has become a trending Twitter hashtag. Men and women are joining into the conversation after the shooting at Santa Barbara college where a young man killed several over his anger at not being able to get a woman and still being a virgin at 22. Many celebrities have joined in on the conversation standing up for women and their rights. Women are people too and in this day and age, we should definitely be treated as more than a piece of meat. #YesAllWomen allows us to have a voice. To not be subject to what men want. So go on and join the revolution. Maybe you’re also a victim and Anna Lynne’s story has inspired you. Or you know someone who has been raped/abused/ a victim of sexual assault. It’s our time to stand up. No women deserves this! 

As for AnnaLynne’s confession, well that was the braves thing she could have done and kudos to still having a successful career and living out her dreams despite the constant torment that was suffering on the inside. “Most of all, I have my message for women and girls: You have a voice,” she said. “Don’t put yourself in a box. Don’t let the polite lies of society silence you.”

 

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27 Best Secret Siblings on Television

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Secret Siblings and Long Lost Siblings on Television

There are a lot of secret siblings on television.

Plenty of TV shows tend to build their foundation on common tropes such as the cringe-worthy love triangle trope and the long lost sibling trope.

If you need to stir up some drama, especially in a campy teen series, there’s no better way than by bringing in a secret sibling that’s jealous, scorned, vengeful, broken, betrayed, looking for a family, or all of the above.

Some secret siblings are introduced in a sensical way with the serious laying some breadcrumbs leading up to the introduction.

Other reveals come out of left field and frustrate audiences by appearing as mere plot devices thrown in for the sake of it.

And sometimes, the trope works well as the secret siblings become pivotal to the storyline and the main character’s development.

We’re looking back at some of our favorite secret siblings on television. Which ones would you add to the list?

Chic/ Charles – Riverdale

On Riverdale, Betty and Jughead’s first half brother (yes, they’re still dating), Chic, was a poser but stirred up enough drama to make the fandom collectively hate him. Eventually, we meet the real Charles, an FBI agent, who bonded with Betty over her mother’s time at The Farm.

Unfortunately, Charles turned out to be just as crazy as Chic. The two were revealed to be lovers who are plotting something against the family that abandoned them.

Scott Rosson – Gossip Girl

Scott appeared in the second season of Gossip Girl as the love child of Lily van der Woodsen and Rufus Humphrey thus making BF and GF Serena and Dan half-siblings.

Everyone tried to keep Scott a secret for as long as they could but eventually, the secret sibling was outed by the one and only Gossip Girl. XoXo.

Adam – Dynasty

Adam, the kidnapped child of Blake Carrington and Alexis Carrington, appeared early on in Dynasty but was quickly revealed to be a fake hired by Alexis to get her hands on the Carrington money.

The real Adam Carrington makes his way to the Manor, though, he’s equally as deranged and way more dangerous as his predecessor. He had his brother, Steven, committed in Europe after thinking he was having “hallucinations,” shoved his mother’s face into the fireplace, and continues to sabotage his half-sister, Fallon, daily all while hoping to gain his father’s love.

Ari and Ziva – NCIS

After Ari murdered NCIS agent Kate Todd, everyone believed that Ziva David was simply his Mossad control officer. It’s only after Ziva kills Ari to save Gibbs that we find out that he was her half-brother.

It’s a storyline that took place during NCIS Season 3 and has had repercussions that have lasted until present day NCIS Season 17!

Zelena – Once Upon a Time

Zelena, aka the Wicked Witch of the West (from the Wizard of Oz), arrives in Once Upon a Time Season 3. She is Regina Mills’ (the Evil Queen) half-sister, who was abandoned as a child and wished dearly for a family. Her jealousy over Regina consumed her and led to plenty of magical wars before the sisters mend their relationship and lived happily ever after.

Anezka – Jane the Virgin

Yael Groblas pulled double duty on Jane the Virgin to portray the main character Petra and her long lost twin, Anezka. Anezka was a “shy mouse” who grew up in an orphanage in the Czech Republic before being brought to America by their evil mother, Magda.

Though it seems like she wants a genuine relationship with Petra, she’s later revealed to be conspiring with Magda to steal Rafael’s money and flee the country.

Maggie and Meredith – Grey’s Anatomy

In the Grey’s Anatomy Season 10 finale, we learn that Maggie and Meredith are half-sisters. Their mother, Ellis, had a fling with Richard when Meredith was very young.

They put Maggie up for adoption, but when she got older, she learned her late mother was a top-notch surgeon at Grace Seattle Hospital. While the sisters had a strange relationship at first, they later came around and developed a friendship.

Adam- Supernatural

Adam was revealed to be John Winchester’s son on Supernatural, yet it was more shocking to find out that John was actually a better father to Adam than our boys, Dean and Sam. It’s no surprise that they left him in hell. The resentment is real.

Wally – Flash

The Flash Season 2 introduces us to Wally, who is revealed to be Iris’ long lost brother from her estranged mother. Wally hesitates to embrace the familial unit, but eventually joins Team Flash and becomes Kid Flash

Alex Drake – Pretty Little Liars

The PLL family tree was more complicated than the Game of Thrones one and there was plenty of surprise sibling reveals including Alex Drake as “AD” in the series finale.

Alex is the daughter of Mary Drake and Peter Hastings, and Spencer’s identical twin sister. While Spencer was given to her biological father and his wife, Alex was given up for adoption to an orphanage in the UK where she plotted her insanely complex revenge.

Charlotte DiLaurentis – Pretty Little Liars

Like I said, the family tree is very complicated. Charlotte was born “Charles” and transitioned into the character we know as CeCe. Though she is the biological daughter of Mary Drake and Pastor Ted, she was adopted by Jessica and Kenneth DiLaurentis (Jessica’s sister is Mary).

This makes her Alison and Jason’s biological cousin and adoptive sister (and she had a romantic relationship with Jason!), and also, the biological half-sister of Spencer Hastings.

Derek – One Tree Hill

In yet another case where we meet the “fake” secret sibling before meeting the real one, a deranged and broken man named Ian poses as Peyton’s half-brother, Derek, to get close to her.

When fake Derek realizes that he’s losing Peyton, he tries to rape her but thankfully, Lucas and her real brother, Derek, a US Marine, come to her rescue.

See the full list at TV Fanatic! 

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 3 Trailer: Being The Queen of Hell is Hard Work

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 3 Trailer

If you can’t contain your excitement for the season 3 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, join the club.

The new trailer for the series premiering on January 24 (soon) on Netflix introduces us to Sabrina: the Queen of Hell.

“You know what you have to do, Sabrina. Claim the throne,” a voice begins as Sabrina realizes she has to make the ultimate sacrifice to “save her precious Greendale” and her boyfriend, Nicholas Scratch, who sacrificed himself in season 2 to save his girl.

With the balance off in hell, heaven, and Earth, things are a little wonky yet also much darker than in previous seasons. There’s also new demons, cheerleading practice, and Sabrina wearing a lot of white colors.

“Hell’s under new management now,” Sabrina declares confidently.

Though, Sabrina’s decision doesn’t sit well with Aunt Zelda who informs her “being Queen of Hell” isn’t a summer job.

“You’re putting the whole coven in peril just so you can see your boyfriend.”

Watch the trailer above.

According to the Netflix synopsis: “Part Three finds Sabrina reeling from the harrowing events of Part Two. Though she defeated her father Lucifer, the Dark Lord remains trapped within the human prison of her beloved boyfriend, Nicholas Scratch.”

The series also put out this fun and twisted music video. It’s catchy — you’ve been warned.

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Joe Goldberg Stalks Again as Netflix Renews YOU for Season 3

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YOU Renewed For Season 3

Joe Goldberg will stalk again when YOU returns for its recently renewed third season!

Netflix gave the official green-light to the Penn Badgley-fronted drama on Tuesday.

“See you soon neighbor,” the YOU Twitter account posted along with a video teasing the new season.

The series originally premiered on Lifetime but found massive success after scoring a streaming deal on Netflix.

By the time the second season premiered on Dec. 26, it was one of Netflix’s most-watched premieres of 2019.

With Joe Goldberg becoming a pop culture phenomenon, the show gaining a massive following, and the second season ending on a mighty cliffhanger, a renewal was almost a sure thing.

Entertainment Weekly reports that season 3 will consist of 10 new episodes. Badgley will reprise his role as the stalker/killer who’s trying his best while his baby momma Victoria Pedretti will return as the equally deranged, Love.

Related: 11 of the Funniest Memes About Season 2 of ‘You’ on Netflix

The new season will premiere sometime in 2021 and will hopefully give us the following answers (spoilers ahead):

  • Who is the neighbor and will she become the object of Joe’s affection? Could Beck be alive? Is it Beck’s sister? A total stranger?
  • How are Love and Joe preparing to be parents?
  • Are they going to continue killing together?
  • Is it Joe’s baby? Or did Love lie?
  • What happened to Ellie? We seriously hope she’s okay.
  • Will we get more clarity on what happened to Joe’s mother?

The series is based on two bestsellers from Caroline Kepnes, “YOU” and “Hidden Bodies.” She’s currently writing the third book, though it’s unclear if it will be the basis for the upcoming season, especially given how much has changed in the screen-adaptation.

Just remember Joe, we know where the bodies are buried.

Catch Up on Season 1 of YOU Now

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