Emma Stone on The Tonight Show
"Whatever you're doing, looks inappropriate."
Emma Stone needs to brush up on her Bruce Springsteen. She played The Whisper Challenge on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and for three minutes – the equivalent of 24 hours in TV time – could not figure out that Jimmy was mouthing "Born in the U.S.A."
"It looked like 'Pork in the Desert,'" she said. Watch below.
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Why Brad and Angelina aren't the only long-term couple breaking up soon after getting married.
EVERYONE SAYS THE FIRST year of marriage is the hardest. Half a century ago, this made perfect sense – getting hitched meant big life changes: moving in, merging money and lifestyles, finally losing your V-card and getting pregnant right away. These days, at least in theory, marriage should be easier; three-quarters of us already live together, share bills and beds and are fully committed. Which, of course, begs another question: If you already have all that, then what exactly does marriage mean? Some say it’s just a piece of paper, a technicality with a tax benefit. If that were true, however, we wouldn’t hear those friend-of-a-friend horror stories: finally tying the knot and then watching said knot immediately implode.
This fall, it very publicly happened to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. After 11 years and six kids, Brangelina split just two years into their marriage. This is not a Hollywood-specific affliction for the rich and famous. It happened to three of my friends, including one I’ll call “Jade,” who is willing to share her tale. For 10 years, Jade and her fellow seemed just about perfect. “We were that couple – you know the one,” says the 33-year-old Torontonian. “Everyone said we were destined to be together.” He was her first love at 19, they shacked up at 25, and though there were no external pressures (ahem, pushy parents), a universal feeling crept into their set-up. “Soon I was turning 30 and I wanted to take the next step,” she says. “Even though deep down I knew I shouldn’t, I still wanted to get married.”
Her hesitation wasn’t because of a vague “bad feeling” or the universal “cold feet.” “Three months before the wedding, I literally threw my dress at him and screamed I didn’t want to marry him,” she says. It sounds crazy now, she admits, but big blowouts like this were the norm at their house. Despite outward appearances, Jade and her man hid big problems behind closed doors. They fought constantly about money, sex, communication, intimacy – and spent more and more time apart. Things were getting worse, not better. “I dragged him to counselling, but it was no help,” says Jade. (If their therapist thought they shouldn’t wed, she didn’t say so.) Yet getting married promised a solution. “When he proposed, I thought, ‘Okay, great, marriage means we’re really going to make it work.’ It proved to me that, despite everything, we were for real.”
It’s hard for outsiders to wrap their heads around it, and it’s all too easy in retrospect to recognize huge mistakes in the making, but situations like Jade’s aren’t uncommon. “There’s a distinct phenomenon behind this,” says Lucia O’Sullivan, a psychology professor at the University of New Brunswick who specializes in intimate relationships. “Research indicates that when people who have been cohabiting for a long time finally get married, it’s often because it’s seen as a solution to whatever’s not working in the cohabitation agreement.”
O’Sullivan says there’s statistically less stability in the first years of marriage, but it’s impossible to slap a number on breakup rates. Relationship statuses in Canada are getting murkier and more complicated to track – so much so that Statistics Canada stopped trying in 2008. Its last report found that about 4 percent of marriages break up after one year, 16 percent after two years and 26 percent after three years – the “riskiest year” of marriage, at which point the divorce rate begins to steadily decline.
“Many, if not most, of these relationships have some degree of difficulty before the marriage,” explains Gary Direnfeld, a social worker based in Dundas, Ont., who was also the host of Slice’s fittingly defunct Newlywed, Nearly Dead. The show’s late-night reruns showcase can’t-turn-away, this-could-happen-to-you-level marital collapses – some of the marriages just weeks old. He blames these disasters on a conflicting mix of old and new marital ideals. “Newlyweds are older now, they’re more set in their ways, less flexible and less prepared to compromise,” he says. “At the same time, they all have the old magical thinking that says ‘My partner should fulfill all my needs, read my mind and be forever compatible.’” This thinking has reared its head in O’Sullivan’s research too. “When you survey people these days about what they’re looking for in a partner, many will talk about a ‘soulmate,’” she says. “We’re looking for someone who’s completely in sync and fulfills every possible need for the long term and forever. We’re looking for a fairy tale, just like Brad and Angelina.”
Pressure to find a Brangelina-level love is enormous, as is the urge to display one’s love for the world to see. Social media makes this extra-easy, and Jade continued to present her engagement happily to the world. (“57 days until I tie the knot with this beaut. So excited!!!” she posted on Facebook.) Researchers from Northwestern University found that people who were insecure or anxious about their relationship were more likely to brag about it on Facebook. The same logic applies to the wedding itself. A 2014 study (aptly titled “‘A Diamond Is Forever’ and Other Fairy Tales”) from Emory University found that weddings that cost more than $20,000 are three and a half times more likely to end in divorce than those that cost less than $10,000.
Subconsciously or not, hesitant brides and grooms can let themselves be buried and distracted by an ever-bloating wedding culture. “The wedding took over, and I was so busy planning that I had no time to think about anything,” says Jade. Planning a wedding is inevitably stressful, even in the happiest of unions, but the deeper problems of on-the-rocks relationships can be dismissed as wedding stress and wilfully ignored. “Too often, people are afraid to talk about big issues for fear it will raise the tension before the wedding,” says Direnfeld. That tension and those problems aren’t going anywhere. “You’re really just saving them up for later,” he says. “This can mean your problems are actually exacerbated post-wedding.” Still, in the tense months before the wedding, “perception can triumph over judgment.”
For the record, Jade says she had “one of the best weddings ever – and I’m not just saying that because it was mine,” she jokes. She invited 50 guests to her cottage, renting all the nearby lodges. She wore a sweetheart lace dress with a train and adorably incorporated their three dogs. “It was a story we were playing that day. It was all false.”
The higher your expectations, the harder you crash back down to reality. All the problems you had before are still there but with the added pressure of “forever” weighing on them. And all those common-law years of practice might not be as helpful as you’d think. “The truth is, the longer you wait to get married, the more relationship baggage you bring into the marriage,” says Debra Macleod, a Calgary-based relationship and marriage coach who created a popular “Marriage SOS” program for newlyweds. She says there’s a distinct post-wedding comedown that she calls the “post-wedding blues” or a “honeymoon hangover.” “That’s when you get married and you’re so ridiculously happy but then you have to go to work on Monday,” she says. “There’s this feeling of ‘That’s it? Now what?’”
Immediately post-wedding, expectations of marital life often clash. “One person has been thinking ‘Once we’re married, things will be different.’ And the other person’s been thinking ‘Why should I change? You married me this way,’” says Macleod. Jolie filed for divorce for “the health of the family” – allegedly because of Brad’s weed and booze habits and because her parenting style is easygoing while Brad wants to raise the kids with a more structured, traditional family environment – but it’s very likely these issues were there long before. “A fast marriage breakdown like this may just have been two people who didn’t have the same expectations of what life after marriage should be,” says Macleod.
“I’d spent 10 years waiting for him to change,” says Jade. “The wedding was really my last effort to fix everything, but it didn’t work.” Stuck at an impasse, she grew increasingly miserable until she gave up four months later and moved back in with her parents. “I called my friend and said, ‘Please just tell me I lasted longer than Kim Kardashian!’” (With 139 married days, Jade beats Kim’s 72 days of marriage to Kris Humphries by a landslide.) Just like the wedding, this sad-seeming situation is not necessarily as it appears. Jade went back to school, made new friends and healthier habits and is in a promising relationship. “Now that I know what I don’t want, I can see exactly what I do want,” she says. With her new boyfriend, kindness, communication and consideration are deeply appreciated and flow both ways. The lesson took 10 years and an embarrassing failed marriage, she explains, but was worth it nonetheless.
HEADED (NERVOUSLY) TO THE ALTAR? ASK YOURSELF THESE 5 QUESTIONS:
Why are you getting hitched?
There is a wide variety of good answers here. There are also some distinctly bad ones, like: you need to get married, you’re terrified of being alone or you don’t feel secure without a partner.
Are you choosing between getting hitched now and breaking up?
This is red-flag city. Sometimes people get married to resuscitate a relationship that should actually end.
Have you discussed what marriage will be like with your partner?
Oftentimes these expectations are unspoken. If this subject feels too awkward to bring up, that’s a bad sign.
Are you anxious about the wedding or the marriage?
Weddings are stressful times, and having “cold feet” is common. Nerves over the catering are normal—nerves about the rest of your life might not be.
Are you hoping for change after the big day?
For some, that piece of paper means there’s no turning back and they’ll either make more effort or (more likely) less. But for most of us, things won’t change much.
This article originally appeared in the December 2016 issue.
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Astrologer Susan Miller breaks it down.
Trying to figure out what your colleague's kid, best friend's mom or second cousin who lives in Maine and you see once a year wants for the holidays is, well, a challenge. Easier: finding out their birth date and their corresponding zodiac sign. We had astrologer Susan Miller of the beloved AstrologyZone.com, who worked with Fresh to develop their limited-edition collection of Zodiac Soaps, break down the beauty gifts each sign would most like to receive. (Plus, we recommended a few of our own.) Go forth and strategically gift!
Aries signs should be gifted “something soft,” says Miller, because of their assertive tendencies. “This is a go-getting sign, that's ruled by Mars, the planet of action.”
Miller’s recommendation: “I'd give them the Fresh Rose Mask ($75) because it’s very soothing and it will calm down any sensitivities. Aries like spicy food, so once in a while they may have skin that needs a little calming. So they would like this!”
“This is a sign that has very, very acute senses; they test the world with [them],” says Miller. “Taurus rules the neck area, which I think is one of the most under estimated parts of the beauty routine.” If Miller was to buy a gift for a Taurus, she’d go with something “beautifully scented.”
Miller’s recommendation: Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream ($56), or Fresh Crème Ancienne ($350) if they have more mature skin. "You really want to take good care of your neck, that's very, very, very important," says Miller.
We also recommend: StriVectin TL Advanced Light Tightening Neck Cream ($99) at beautyboutique.ca; Louis Vuitton Rose des Vents ($265 for 100 mL), at louisvuitton.com; Nuxe Multi-Purpose Dry Oil ($45) at beautyboutique.ca.
“Gemini is associated with razor sharp intelligence," says Miller. "Gemini reads all the time; this is the sign of the journalist who is always sifting through all the material to know what’s fact and what’s fiction. They want to know what going on, what’s the newest.”
Miller’s recommendation: Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy Boosting Face Mask ($80). “Why? Because Gemini, she is born in the summer, and when you think of the summer you think of the orange trees and the grapefruit trees and all the scents that are coming out. The scent that is associated with Gemini is a citrus scent. This keeps their brain sharp, and grapefruit, especially, is supposed to wake you up in the morning. The whole colour yellow is associated with Gemini, like taxi cabs in New York, legal pads, pencils, the sun in the morning and orange juice. Yellow and orange and all those citrusy colours and scents are just so Gemini. That's what I would give to them and they would be so happy!"
“Cancers, they are known to have the most beautiful translucent skin. This is the goes from the face right down to the décolleté," says Miller. "Cancer likes to be modern, but if they had to choose between modern and looking romantic, they would pick romantic, because that's who they are. They are soft and touchable and never too busy to lend an ear to a friend who's been having a hard time. They always put other people first.”
Miller’s recommendation: “I would give the Cancers the new Fresh FreshFace Instant Glow Luminizer ($59) immediately, so they could put it on their clavicles and on their cheekbones. You could also put it on your shoulders for going out in the evening. They would love that.”
“Leo is a very dramatic sign, it's the most up-to-the-minute," says Miller. "It also is a sign that really likes to be first. I would give them a premium product, the best of the best. They don't care how much something costs."
Miller’s recommendation: Fresh Black Tea Overnight Firming Mask ($112). “It’s really nice because you can put it on and skip your normal [skincare] program. Now I only do it maybe once a week when I am really tired, but you wake up looking like a movie star! It’s definitely worth it.”
We also recommend: Chanel's Limited-Edition Christmas Makeup Collection in Les 5 Ombres in Architectonic ($70), Calligraphie in 65 Hyperblack ($40), Le Vernis 544 in Hyperrose ($32), Le Vernis Velvet in 542 Pink Rubber ($32), all at chanel.com; Kérastase Chronologiste Holiday Gift Set ($120), at kerastase.ca.
“This is a sign that's very, very natural," says Miller.
Miller’s recommendation: Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask ($75). “The thing I like is when you hear the word clay you think, ‘Oh that's for people with acne.’ No! It’s not. They have formulated this to be for anybody. The smell; The lavender smell gets me every time – I feel like I am in a spa!"
Libra would want something "super feminine," says Miller.
Miller’s recommendation: Fresh Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask ($172). "I just used it yesterday," Miller told us. "There are little granules in it, just heaven. I love it, I love it, I love it. They tell you to leave it on ten minutes, but I always take it off later." Miller also suggests a perfume, like Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit ($62 for 30mL), for Libra.
"Scorpio is very sensuous," says Miller. "We are going to get her things for the body because she is just so sensual. Scorpio eyes too are very memorable too!"
Miller’s recommendation: "We have to give her the Fresh Brown Sugar Scrub for the bath ($84), and then we have to give her a beautiful body cream, like a butter almost. I think we should give her the Crème Ancienne Eye Cream ($138) because I love it, it's like pure butter"
We also recommend: Gucci Guilty Platinum Pour Femme Eau De Toillette Spray ($118 for 75 mL), at Hudson's Bay and Sephora; Crush by Rihanna Holiday Set ($70), at beautyboutique.ca; Kiehl's Limited-Edition Jeremyville Creme de Corps ($38), at kiehls.ca.
Miller says Sagittarius is a total jet setter. "She’s always in the air, she’s never home!" says Miller. "She is the happiest when she is on an airplane."
Miller’s recommendation: Fresh Rose Skincare Ritual Gift Set ($59). "Anything travel sized is perfect for her," says Miller. "Something you would throw in you suitcase and you’re all set."
"Capricorn is very practical," says Miller. "This is a person who is very busy, she climbs very high in her career and so we have to give her something that makes her look young all the time. Actually, this sign lives the longest. Capricorn can live until 103."
Miller’s recommendation: "I would give her the full line of Fresh Crème Ancienne, because she's born in January and she's travelling a lot near her birthday. She's out there in the cold, and Crème Ancienne is the most protective of your skin in the winter. So this is anti-aging [and] it's a premium line. Capricorn is the sign of Princess Middleton, so she [would] love this."
We also recommend: Kat Burki Super C Holiday Set ($143), at Murale; bareMinerals Glow Together Dimensional Powder Trio ($43) at Sephora.
"Aquarius wants everything the latest and greatest: high technology, computers – everything that has just been invented," says Miller. "Aquarius rules what is just being developed right now, what’s new. It's very tied to science and mathematics. It’s also a sign that cares very much about humanitarian concerns, so they are often willing to volunteer for charity. You don’t see an Aquarian grab something old, even skincare, because it progresses. When something progresses, why use something that was developed 10 or 20 years ago? She’s also very curated, and then she will talk about it on social media. They love being online and with their friends."
Miller’s recommendation: The entire Fresh Lotus line!
We also recommend: Ty-Lite Protective Lighted Phone Case ($79.99), at ty-lite.com; The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% ($12.90) at ordinaries.com; Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer ($500), at dysoncanada.ca; Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Unwin'd ($11.95), at drugstores and mass-market retailers.
"Pisces is a sign that does so much for other people; she's always there for other people," says Miller. "The trouble is that they absorb other people’s pain. Pisces has trouble letting go, she will continue to think about what her friend told her, and she will keep going until she finds another solution. She is like a sponge, so she needs to let go, we need to give her something soothing for her. She loves to have something that is scented. Pisces rules the bath and it rules sleep, so we have to give her something to enjoy! Something soothing that you might use in a spa."
Miller’s recommendation: Fresh Rice Sake Bath ($104). "It's actually made with sake," says Miller. "They found that the ladies who worked for the sake companies has such beautiful skin, and they started to investigate and they found out that there was a connection."
Mariah, she's just like us.
The Queen of Christmas music recently appeared on Ellen, stepping out in a festive red robe – and a lot of bling.
Ellen couldn’t help but comment on the dazzling jewels, to which Mariah responded, “Come on, these are…celebratory.”
When the host asked about this photo from the singer’s Instagram, Mariah claimed that she took a bath in her diamonds because she was literally just too lazy to take them off. #relatable
Ellen also asked about her upcoming docu-series, and got a few details about her break-up.
Take a look at the video here: