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FilmMagic for dcp via ABC/Jeff Kravitz/AMA2018If the fact that Taylor Swift told you to go out and vote isn't enough to make you fill out that absentee ballot or drag yourself down to your local polling place, maybe this is: You could be featured in her Instagram Story.

Taylor posted a photo of herself with an "I voted" sticker on her cheek, and captioned it, "If you just voted, take a pic and tag me with #justvoted. It may end up on my story."

If you scroll through her IG story, you'll see many pictures of young men and women who've taken her up on her offer.  Some are first-time voters, some are absentee-ballot voters, and some just captured the moment after they cast their ballots.

As previously reported, Taylor urged people to take advantage of early voting, writing, "It makes it so quick and easy to go and cast your vote before November 6."

Taylor presumably had to vote early herself because she's currently in Australia, performing on her Reputation tour. She'll be there, as well as in New Zealand and Japan, through November 21. That's also the reason she couldn't attend her bestie Karlie Kloss' wedding.

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Olaf HeineJames Arthur is having a tough time letting go of an old love in his new song, “Empty Space.”

The emotionally raw song starts off with James in denial over the pain he’s in, before the confessional chorus kicks in. “I’m alone in my head/Looking for love in a stranger’s bed/But I don’t think I’ll find it/’Cause only you could fill this empty space,” he sings.

“This song is for anyone who has ever deeply loved and lost someone dear to them, and is then faced with the struggle of trying to fill that void," James says in a statement to Billboard. "It is about coming to terms with the fact that only that special person can truly fill the empty space.”

James is currently working on his upcoming album with Ryan Tedder and hitmaking songwriters Justin Tranter and Max Martin. A release date has yet to be announced.

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Peter LindberghThe music video for Lady Gaga’s emotional A Star Is Born ballad, “I’ll Never Love Again,” has arrived.

The clip, available on Apple Music, features scenes from Gaga’s climactic performance of the song in the film, as well as scenes from the love story between her character, Ally, and Bradley Cooper’s Jackson.

Gaga previously told Entertainment Weekly that she filmed the “I’ll Never Love Again” scene at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles the same day her best friend, Sonja Durham, died of cancer.

“When I came back [to set], Bradley was so gentle with me and we got through it,” she said. “I performed the song. He was like, ‘You don’t have to do it again. It’s okay.’ All I wanted to do was sing. I’ll never forget that day. It was really a special scene, and I’ll always remember that moment.”

Gaga co-wrote the song with her "Million Reasons" collaborator Hillary Lindsey.

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Rich Fury/Getty Images for amfARKaty Perry was honored for her charity work Thursday night in Beverly Hills at a gala thrown by amfAR, the organization that supports research to find a cure for HIV and AIDS.  But Katy also helped raise thousands for the cause by offering herself up for auction.

According to USA Today, Katy and her boyfriend Orlando Bloom each personally donated $5,000 to amfAR, and then she told the crowd, "I would like to offer an experience for anyone who is really, really rich, to go to Disneyland with me because it’s my favorite place in the whole entire world."

Katy offered "six tickets, and lunch at the very exclusive [Disney] Club 33, because of course I’m a member.” The winning bid was $160,000.

During the gala, Katy told the crowd, "Today I understand that a courageous life is the only one worth living."

She was also serenaded by former Glee star Darren Criss, who played a medley of her own hits for her. 

Among the songs Darren performed were "I Kissed a Girl, "Last Friday Night," "Hot 'N Cold," "Roar" and, of course, "Teenage Dream" -- fitting because the first look most of us ever got of the actor was on the 2010 episode of Glee where, as Blaine, he sang "Teenage Dream" with the Dalton Academy Warblers.

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Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for NARASOn Thursday, US Weekly reported that Rihanna had nixed an offer to perform at the Super Bowl this coming February because she disagrees with the NFL's stance on players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.  Now, Entertainment Tonight reports that another pop superstar said no to the offer too: Pink.

As US Weekly also reported, a source tells ET that  Rihanna was asked first, but said no because "she stands with the players and Colin Kaepernick." 

"The offer and exposure would have been great for Rihanna as she’s planning a new album and tour but she stuck to what’s right in her eyes," the source adds.

But a second source tells ET that the NFL approached both Rihanna and Pink -- who, as you may recall, sang the national anthem at Super Bowl LII earlier this year.

According to that source, both women ended up passing, but it was because negotiations were taking too long; the source said Kaepernick's name didn't come up in those discussions.

Rumor now has it that Maroon 5 will be playing the show on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, but that hasn't been confirmed.

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Mert & MarcusActor Joe Alwyn is British, so he can't vote in the upcoming U.S. midterm elections, but that doesn't mean he isn't happy that his girlfriend Taylor Swift is encouraging people to do so.

Billboard reports that on Thursday at the 2018 BFI London Film Festival, Joe was walking the red carpet to promote his upcoming historical drama The Favourite, when a reporter buttonholed him and asked about Taylor's recent political posts.

"What did you make of Taylor Swift, all of her tweets and everything that have been going out, in terms of her political stance, we haven't really seen that before?" asked the reporter.

"I think it’s great. I think it’s important and....yeah," Alwyn replied before his publicist dragged him away.

Taylor's former nemesis, Katy Perry, also spoke out in support of Taylor's newfound political outspokenness. At the amfAR gala in Beverly Hills Thursday night, Katy was asked by Variety why she "liked" Taylor's recent Instagram post about voting.

"Because she’s setting such a great example," Katy said.

Via Instagram, Taylor has encouraged her fans to vote early for the elections, and has also endorsed two Democratic candidates in her adopted home state of Tennessee.

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ABC NewsRachel Platten is in the third trimester of her pregnancy, but that didn't stop her from flying to New York City to appear on ABC's Good Morning America Friday morning to debut a new song she wrote for her baby -- and do her gender reveal at the same time.

The singer, who's been documenting her pregnancy on Instagram and sharing real talk with fans about everything she's been experiencing, announced on GMA that she's having a girl She then performed the song, called "You Belong," which she was thrilled to finally be able to say she wrote for her "daughter."

The touching song is a waltz in which Rachel sings, among other things, "I don't know your name/but I can't wait to say it/And I don't know your face/But I know it will blow me away."

While most of the song's lyrics express the universal feelings most women experience while awaiting the birth of their first child, it does have one specific lyric that refers to what Rachel does for a living: "I hope you like music as much as your mom/that you'll understand that I'm there, when I'm gone."

"You Belong" is available now for streaming and download.

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Kai Z FengA little over a year ago, in the wake of Flint, Michigan's water emergency, Bruno Mars announced at a concert in Auburn Hills, Michigan, "Tonight, I want to donate $1 million to our brothers and sisters in Flint."  Now, the results of his generous donation -- and how it's helping the children of Flint -- have been revealed.

According to ABC affiliate WJRT-TV in Flint, about $580,000 of Bruno's money has been spent so far.  It's gone towards building two playgrounds, refinishing basketball courts, rebuilding the tennis courts at a local park, and supporting Michigan State University's pediatric public health initiative.

The Community Foundation of Greater Flint has created a video to show the singer the impact he's made over the past year; in it, a group of kids are seem smiling and saying, "Thank you, Bruno Mars!"

The head of the foundation, Isaiah Oliver, says Bruno wanted to decide where his money was spent, so they worked with him and his team to fund the projects, which are all designed to help kids who've been poisoned by the lead in Flint's water. 

And how do playgrounds and basketball courts help that cause?  Oliver explains it's because lead poisoning affects kids' cognitive development.

"What we know is unstructured play is probably the best cognitive development for 0 to 6 year olds. So why not build out spaces to have that happen?" Oliver says.

Oliver says the Foundation is extremely grateful that Bruno, who's from Hawaii, felt strongly enough about what has happening in the city that he wanted to help.

"He's probably never stepped foot in Flint...but he cared enough about what was happening to our community at that time...to support us and give us hugs by way of a large gift."

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Ryan Ratelle for RRR Creative/Ghostlight RecordsEarlier this week, Josh Groban said in an interview that he and his tour mate Idina Menzel had recorded a new duet version of his song "Lullaby," which they planned to release to benefit immigrant families. Now we know when it's coming out.

The song is one of seven tracks on an album called Singing You Home -- Children's Songs for Family Reunification, which will be out October 26.  Everyone involved donated their time and talents to the project so that a big chunk of the proceeds can go to two non-profit organizations -- RAICES and ASTEP -- which help reunite and support families separated at the border.

The bi-lingual mini-album features tracks from Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kristin Chenoweth and Ingrid Michaelson, as well as Broadway stars Audra McDonald, Cynthia Erivo and Laura Benanti, among others. You can pre-order it online now.

The project was the brainchild of Benanti, who's also appeared on Supergirl, The Detour and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She says in a statement, "Watching children be ripped from their families is obviously very upsetting, and I felt completely helpless. Then I realized that I have a lot of really talented, wonderful friends, and together, we’ve put together this beautiful album."

She adds, "We hope the music we have created can bring love and empathy into the hearts of everyone who hears it, and that the money raised will aid in reuniting children with their loved ones.” 

Here's the track list for Singing You Home:

"Arrorró Mi Niño" – Laura Benanti & Isabella Preston
"Singing You Home" – Audra McDonald & Jason Robert Brown
"Cielito Lindo" – Lin-Manuel Miranda & Mandy Gonzalez
"Lullaby" – Josh Groban & Idina Menzel
"Beautiful Dreamer" – Kristin Chenoweth
"Si Pudiera Leer Tus Sueños" – Cynthia Erivo
"Twinkle Twinkle" – Ingrid Michaelson & Ana Villafañe

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Earlier this week, Josh Groban said in an interview that he and his tour mate Idina Menzel had recorded a new duet version of his song "Lullaby," which they planned to release to benefit immigrant families. Now we know when it's coming out.

The song is one of seven tracks on an album called Singing You Home -- Children's Songs for Family Reunification, which will be out October 26.  Everyone involved donated their time and talents to the project so that a big chunk of the proceeds can go to two non-profit organizations -- RAICES and ASTEP -- which help reunite and support families separated at the border.

The bi-lingual mini-album features tracks from Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kristin Chenoweth and Ingrid Michaelson, as well as Broadway stars Audra McDonald, Cynthia Erivo and Laura Benanti, among others. You can pre-order it online now.

The project was the brainchild of Benanti, who's also appeared on Supergirl, The Detour and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She says in a statement, "Watching children be ripped from their families is obviously very upsetting, and I felt completely helpless. Then I realized that I have a lot of really talented, wonderful friends, and together, we’ve put together this beautiful album."

She adds, "We hope the music we have created can bring love and empathy into the hearts of everyone who hears it, and that the money raised will aid in reuniting children with their loved ones.” 

Here's the track list for Singing You Home:

"Arrorró Mi Niño" – Laura Benanti & Isabella Preston
"Singing You Home" – Audra McDonald & Jason Robert Brown
"Cielito Lindo" – Lin-Manuel Miranda & Mandy Gonzalez
"Lullaby" – Josh Groban & Idina Menzel
"Beautiful Dreamer" – Kristin Chenoweth
"Si Pudiera Leer Tus Sueños" – Cynthia Erivo
"Twinkle Twinkle" – Ingrid Michaelson & Ana Villafañe

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PRNewsfoto/Epic RightsEarlier this year, *NSYNC released a capsule collection of throwback-inspired fashions inspired by the group's heyday.  Now, they're back with a second collection, and you can buy it now...No Strings Attached.

The items range from a $175 "Once in a Lifetime" satin bomber jacket, to a $15 mug decorated with No Strings Attached artwork.  There are also t-shirts, baby onesies, baseball caps, keychains, drinking glasses, pins and hoodies, as well as a doormat that says "Bye Bye Bye" on it.

You can shop the limited-edition collection now on *NSYNC's website, but hurry -- because in eight days, everything will be "Gone."

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Hollywood RecordsReigning American Idol champ Maddie Poppe is gearing up to release her first new music since her winning single, "Going Going Gone."

The new song, "Keep on Movin' On," was written by songwriters who've penned material for Britney Spears, Elle King, Carrie Underwood and Weezer.  It'll be out October 26, the same day she'll perform it for the first time on Live with Kelly & Ryan.

Maddie spent the summer on the American Idol Live tour with her boyfriend, runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson, and the rest of the season's top seven. She's currently working on her debut album.

The singer from Iowa is nominated in the People's Choice Award category of Competition Contestant of 2018; winners will be announced November 11. She'll also headline her first L.A. show November 13 at the legendary Hotel Café.

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Epic RecordsMariah Carey has released yet another new track from her upcoming album, Caution.

The slow jam track, "The Distance," features rapper Ty Dolla $ign, and features Mariah singing about a love that endures despite people's disapproval.

"People saying what we have is over/But the hate only made us get closer/And closer," sings Mariah. "Said we couldn't go the distance/Look at us, we're going the distance/They just wanna be us/They don't wanna see us going the distance/for life, for life."

Thematically, the song is similar to Mariah's previous single, "With You," in which she sings about two people who've weathered multiple hardships but are still in love.

Caution is due November 16.  If you pre-order it now, you'll instantly score "With You," "The Distance," and the first track Mariah released from the project, "GTFO."

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Image Group LA/ABCColdplay's upcoming A Head Full of Dreams documentary will receive a home release on December 7, and it'll be accompanied by a new live album and concert film.

The album, Live in Buenos Aires, was recorded in the Argentine capital on November 15, 2017 -- the final date on Coldplay's extensive world tour behind their most recent studio effort, 2015's A Head Full of Dreams. Meanwhile, the film, Live in Sao Paulo, was shot a week earlier.

The Live in Buenos Aires recording of "Viva La Vida" is available now for digital download, while you can watch the Live in Sao Paulo performance of the 2008 hit now on YouTube.

The career-spanning A Head Full of Dreams documentary chronicles Coldplay's now 20-year story, from their first rehearsal to becoming the stadium-conquering global stars they are today. It'll screen in theaters worldwide for one night only on November 14 before premiering on Amazon Prime Video November 16.

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Mark HillRuben Studdard and Clay Aiken, the winner and runner-up, respectively, of American Idol season two, are joining forces this holiday season.

The two singers will star in Ruben & Clay's First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show -- or just Ruben & Clay's Christmas Show, if that first one is too much of a mouthful -- on Broadway this holiday season.  Performances start December 7 at New York's Imperial Theater, with the official opening coming December 11.  The final performance will be December 30.

The show will feature holiday music and lighthearted comedy sketches; ticket sales will benefit the National Inclusion Project, which works to help children with disabilities.  The format sounds similar to the joint tour the two did in 2010, which featured music and comedy.

In a statement, Clay says, "There are really only two things that could get me back in stage after taking a break for over five years: my buddy, Ruben, and Christmas!"

"It's been 15 years since he beat me on Idol, and it’s taken an entire decade and a half for me to lick my wounds," Clay jokes. "But the holidays are about togetherness, so now that he is older and I am wiser, I can think of no better way to celebrate 15 years of friendship than by spending this holiday season together on Broadway.”

Ruben adds, "Christmas is about family, friends and fun. Clay and I can't wait to bring all those things together on Broadway this December!"

This is Clay's return to Broadway: In 2008, he appeared in the Broadway musical Monty Python's Spamalot.  Ruben starred in the 30th anniversary revival tour of Ain't Misbehavin' but hasn't been on Broadway before.

Tickets are now on sale via Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.

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Credit: Timothy WhiteJames Taylor grew up in North Carolina, and his hometown area was devastated recently by Hurricane Florence. Now, the folk-rock legend has partnered with The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina to launch the "James Taylor Million Meals Challenge," which will provide food, water and supplies to those displaced by the storm in more than 20 counties in the state.

Taylor has posted a video on his official YouTube channel and Facebook page in which he shares details of the campaign and asks people to donate to the cause. In the clip, underneath an instrumental version of James' classic "Carolina in My Mind," he explains that the challenge's goal "is to raise enough money to provide one million meals to people in crisis who desperately need the help."

He points out, "If you contribute, we will match your donation dollar for dollar until we have met our goal of a million meals, and fulfilled this commitment to our neighbors through the food bank."

Every $10 donated the food bank will be able to provide 100 meals to those in need.

Taylor adds that he and his wife "are inspired by the resilience of people [impacted by the recent hurricanes] in Florida and in the Carolinas, neighbor helping neighbor, and by people from all parts of the country pitching in to do their part."

You can donate by visiting FoodBankCENC.org/JamesTaylor.

James launches a new joint tour leg with Bonnie Raitt on February 5 in Cincinnati. Check out all his dates at JamesTaylor.com.

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Brian Bowen SmithTonight in Duluth, GA, Josh Groban launches his Bridges tour, with special guest Idina Menzel.  Josh says all those people who are being "dragged" to see him will be "pleasantly surprised" that his show isn't what they think it's going to be.

"We want it to be high energy," he told ABC Radio last month. "We do want it to have those great intimate moments...but then we want it to really be lively." 

"Any time I do an arena show...there's a combination of people who know they're gonna get a big show, and then the people that were dragged [along], who think they're gonna get a really quiet, boring show, and then hopefully are pleasantly surprised," he continues.

"So we wanna keep people surprised," he notes. "I've seen the set and it's gonna be awesome!"

In addition to playing new songs from his album Bridges, like the current single "Granted," Josh says he'll also be performing tracks from his entire career.

"Every tour, you want it to be good combination of stuff that fans are newly excited about, and stuff the fans have been always excited about," he explains. "And so we'll do a good mix of stuff from this album, and stuff from all of the other albums."

Idina Menzel will also be playing a big part in the show.

"We're so lucky to have her brilliance out there and so there will be, of course, some duets," he adds. "Maybe we'll do some musical theater, maybe we'll do some pop stuff -- I don't know what we're gonna do yet but maybe we'll change it up each night." 

The Bridges tour wraps up November 18 at New York's Madison Square Garden.

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ABC/Fred LeeRachel Platten's pregnant, so she's been out of the spotlight for a while, but she's stepping back into it Friday morning with a surprise musical performance on ABC's Good Morning America.

"Very excited to release a song I wrote for my baby and to debut it on @GoodMorningAmerica this coming Friday," Rachel posted on Instagram. "It was written just for us, and I never intended for the world to hear it because it felt so personal...but sometimes that’s exactly the Art that craves other ears."

The "Fight Song" hitmaker continues, "So, even though I’m in my third trimester and flying and TV performances seem light years away from where I’ve been living (on the couch ahem), I realized that neither being pregnant nor having this baby will ever prevent me from doing what I love so much in the world."

"This is me choosing bravery over fear and a little temporary expansion in the midst of some serious nesting," she concludes. "I’m excited :) Tune in Friday friends. Xoxox."

Rachel announced in July that she and her husband Kevin were expecting their first child, but the two haven't slowed down too much. Kevin opened a restaurant in L.A. over the summer, the couple enjoyed a "babymoon" not long ago, and last month, Rachel took her parents to Billy Joel's concert at New York's Madison Square Garden.

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Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesPals Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran each spent most of this year touring stadiums around the world, and now all that work has paid off in nominations for the Billboard Live Music Awards.

Both Taylor and Ed are nominated for Top World Tour, Top U.S. Tour, Top Draw and Top Boxscore at the awards, which will be handed out November 13 in Beverly Hills. The Daily Show's Roy Wood Jr. will host the festivities.

The Top Tour is for the highest-grossing tour of the year, while the Top Draw award is for the best-attended tour of the year -- meaning the one that sold the most actual tickets. The Top Boxscore Award is for the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist: In Ed's case, it's his four shows at London's Wembley Stadium; in Taylor's, it's her two shows at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Awkwardly, one of Taylor's reported ex-boyfriends, John Mayer, is being honored at the ceremony with the prestigious Legend of Live Award. On the other hand, her friend Shawn Mendes is also being honored that night with the Artist of the Year Award -- so whether or not she'll attend the ceremony appears to be a toss-up.

Here are the nominees:

TOP WORLD TOUR
Beyoncé & Jay-Z
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift
 
TOP U.S. TOUR
Beyoncé & Jay-Z
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift
 
TOP DRAW
Beyoncé & Jay-Z
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift

TOP BOXSCORE
Ed Sheeran
Wembley Stadium, London
June 14 – 17, 2018 (4 shows)
 
Taylor Swift
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
July 20 – 22, 2018 (2 shows)
 
U2
Estadio do Morumbi, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Oct. 19 – 25, 2018 (4 shows)

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST
Maluma    
Cardi B    
Post Malone

TOP FESTIVAL
Life is Beautiful Festival
Lollapalooza Brazil
Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival

CONCERT MARKETING AND PROMOTION
Travis Scott x Red Bull, Lyft, Snapchat American Express for the ASTROWORLD Album & Tour Launch    
Marshmello x Bumble    
Khalid x Hollister    

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Matt HayslettSam Smith is using his voice for a good cause.

The British star has teamed up with acclaimed singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile for a duet version of Brandi's song "Party of One."  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Children in Conflict, via Brandi's own Looking Out Foundation.   Children in Conflict's current campaign seeks to raise $1 million to help children who are impacted by war.

In a statement, Sam says, "I am so excited for everyone to have this song in their ears and hearts. Working with Brandi Carlile is truly one of the highlights of my career. Her voice and songwriting get me through the dark days. Brandi is a mentor to me and now a friend and I’m so thankful she asked me to feature on her single."

He adds, "I hope you all love this as much as I do. And I hope this raises as much support as possible to the incredible charity Children in Conflict and its partner, War Child U.K., of which I’m a global ambassador. Thank you for listening.”

Brandi, meanwhile, says, "I’m beyond proud to have collaborated with the incredible Sam Smith. There is no one quite like him and I’ve never heard a voice like his before. He’s an absolute gentleman and a sweetheart."

She adds, "We hope the vulnerability of this song reflects the fragility of [the children's] situation and compels people to support our cause.”

"Party of One," and its video, are both out now.

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Dennis LeupoldElle King is opening up about her battles with substance abuse and mental illness in the latest issue of People magazine.

The singer, whose album Shake the Spirit comes out Friday, admits, “Last year almost broke me, but I’m stronger now because of it."

Elle says she was in a “destructive marriage” with Andrew Ferguson, during which Ferguson was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence after allegedly grabbing Elle by the throat and threatening to kill her. The charges were later dropped.

After they broke up last year, Elle says she struggled with depression and PTSD, and used drugs and alcohol to mask her pain.

“I was at the lowest point in my life,” she says. “I was not well. I couldn’t look people in the eyes. I literally couldn’t leave my house for weeks at a time.”

Eventually, Elle got help, seeking treatment from a PTSD specialist last summer and easing up on her hard-partying ways. She also leaned on friends and family, and mended her relationship with dad Rob Schneider. She says they now have the relationship she “always wanted.”

“There’s two ways out. You can take the bad way out or you can get help. I got help because I knew that I have felt good in my life and I knew I could get there again,” Elle says.

Elle adds that though she still drinks and smokes marijuana, “I have a different fun now -- it’s not having fun out of pain.

“I’ve changed a lot,” she declares. “I’m finding my own self-love, and I’m inviting love, outwardly in.”

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