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She Was Dumped Right Before Her Wedding, So She Did Something Awesome With Her Dress

Being dumped right before your wedding has to be the most devastating thing ever, but that was the sad reality for Kilee Manulak. Her engagement of two years ended with a text message from her fiancé saying that he no longer wanted to marry her.

But what could she do with the wedding dress that was already picked out and purchased? It was too late for her to return it, so she decided to do something cathartic with the gown.

Manulak took her bridesmaids to the Color Fun Fest in Tampa, and they all wore their respective dresses.

She found it fitting to destroy her dress at the music festival.

The hilarious crew splattered paint all over everything.

It had to be incredibly cathartic to destroy it!

To hear more of this awesome story, check out the video below:

(via NBC News)

What a perfect way to end that relationship and begin moving in the right direction. Way to go, Kilee! Here’s hoping that the next guy is more worthy of your love than the last.

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American Idol’s Colton Dixon eliminated; praises God while fans tweet “WTF America”!/1D_MyBabes/status/193148816285892608

Tennessee native Colton Dixon, 20, got the boot on American Idol tonight. It was his first — and last — time in the bottom three.

Dixon fell to his knees and bid farewell with a spiritual rendition of “Everything” by Lifehouse. Before the results were announced, he tweeted:

Romans 12:1-2 Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds.

— Colton Dixon (@coltondixon) April 19, 2012

Many fans showed their appreciation of his faith testimony on Twitter tonight:

Colton Dixon sings his swan song w/depth & emotion. He handles himself with class & professionalism. It's just the beginning for him. #idol

— ♫ Menox ♫ (@MenoxMusic) April 20, 2012

@CDixonAI11 Colton I'm proud of you for following your convictions & singing that Lifehouse song.I know God has great things ahead for you

— MaxPatch (@KurMudGin) April 20, 2012!/LyndseaWoodall/status/193171176804204544

@DixonTeam Colton, you have seriously touched my heart. I love your christian roots and that in itself has made me a better person. Continue

— Cdixon News (@Cdixonfan) April 20, 2012

I don't understand why the producers got mad when Colton sang Christian but LMFAO can get on stage and be disgusting.

— BeyoncÁvery (@averyylizabethh) April 20, 2012

Colton did a christian song for his last one . ♥ respect .

— ☽ ☾ (@shayluuv) April 20, 2012

How much do we want to bet that Colton was kicked off because he wouldn't "tone down" his "overtly Christian references"? #proudchristian

— Shelby (@shelbabers) April 20, 2012

Former Idol and X Factor contestants also sent their praise and condolences:

Tonight's #Idol result is going to make me cry

— Pia Toscano (@PiaToscano) April 20, 2012

Colton is going to be amazing the rest of his life, he's an amazing musician, ad he loves Jesus! He is perfect!

— Drew Ryniewicz (@drewryniewicz) April 20, 2012

Colton gone on Idol tonight?!?! What?!?! Really thought I'd see him in the finale…'tis a sad night, indeed.

— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) April 20, 2012

I cannot believe the results tonight. Anyone else shocked? That completely blindsided me. #idol

— Erika Van Pelt (@ErikaVanPelt) April 20, 2012

But not all of his fans were so gracious. Immediately after the show, “WTF America” was trending in reaction to the news:


— Anna (@NvrSayNvrToICON) April 20, 2012

everyone trending WTF America should have voted for Colton, then we wouldn't be tweeting this right now. #ivoted

— PhillySteph (@PhillySteph41) April 20, 2012

WTF America. #YouKnowYouDeafWhen Jessica was in the bottom last week and you just voted off Colton. #idol

— Minnie (@MySimple_Life) April 20, 2012

WTF America colton will be like daughtry, he got eliminated but i'm sure there is something out for him! 😁☺😁

— dan_unleash (@dan_unleash) April 20, 2012

Two weeks ago, DeAndre. Next, Jessica — earned the lowest number of votes (saved). Now, Colton Dixon? No wonder 'WTF America' is trending.

— Louis Estrada (@TheLouisEstrada) April 20, 2012

"WTF America" & "Colton" is trending Worldwide..this was a mistake. 🙁

— Nick (@Niickk_13) April 20, 2012

At least there were no hysterical Twitter cries of “racism” this week.

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Fact-check: Russell Simmons claims he doesn’t have bodyguards. Really?; Updated!/UncleRUSH/status/280484367766257664

I don’t have body guards RT @realnycpatriot: @unclerush Do your bodyguards carry arms?

— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) December 16, 2012

In response to criticism that he has armed bodyguards while crusading for a crackdown on guns, rap mogul Russell Simmons tweeted tonight that he doesn’t have “body guards.” He’s been on quite the anti-gun tear:

Guns only purpose is to kill “thou shall not kill”

— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) December 16, 2012

So is it really true that Simmons doesn’t have bodyguards? Years of past media coverage of Simmons out and about indicate otherwise.

Here’s Simmons on MTV Cribs a few years back introducing the audience to the “head of security” — a “Brother Muhammad” — at one of his lavish estates:


There’s a second bodyguard at the door as well.

Watch the video:

Check out the photo and report here from last October, when Simmons and rapper Kanye West ventured into an Occupy camp in NYC (emphasis added):

Eyewitnesses described West and Simmons sitting down and talking with protesters around 2:00 pm, with their bodyguards in tow. Ben Fallah, a protester at the Occupy Wall Street site, tells Billboard, “Largely I felt the response was pretty mixed. Some felt [West and Simmons] were being opportunistic as a means to vault their own celebrity. Though in the case of Kanye West, I don’t really think that’s necessary.” (Billboard)

And this is from a February 2011 visit by Simmons to Seattle:

The Seattle Public Library’s Microsoft Lecture Hall had a different feel to it on February 24th.  The large amphitheater style room was packed with an unusually raucous and excited crowd.  People were joking, laughing, telling stories and sharing secrets all because of the speaker that was sequestered in a back room surrounded by beefy bodyguards, Russell Simmons.

And here’s another first-person account of Simmons’s bodyguard from author and speaker Ressurrection Graves from February 2011:

While people were standing in line for Russell Simmons, I realized that they were fans. It sounds really silly to point out now. Some people may have been there to try to get record deals, however his big, dark-skinned, straight-forward bodyguard made it abundantly clear that people should not try to get record deals. He said, “We know you all have great ideas.” It was hilarious!

Here’s a photo of his bodyguard standing close by for the book-signing with author and speaker Ressurection Graves in the foreground:


And here’s an account from Allure magazine:

The Spa at the Shore Club

Aroma Journey, $130
1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

We didn’t run into Leo or P. Diddy in the Shore Club Hotel’s Cubist lobby. In the spa, however, we did meet Russell Simmons’s bodyguard as he was perusing a menu of treatments. “[Russell] told me to come to the spa and just chill,” he explained as he debated between a body polish and the Aromatherapy Body Treatment.

And here’s a 2008 article from The Economist magazine:

Mr Simmons is not your typical financier, which may be why his business is growing even as the mainstream banking system melts down. Best known as the “godfather of hip-hop”, he made his first fortune as co-founder of Def Jam records, guiding the careers of artists such as Run DMC, the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and Jay-Z. The company was sold to Universal Music for $100m. He made a second fortune in fashion, ultimately selling his Phat Farm “urban apparel” business (mantra: “Classic American Flava”) for $140m in 2004. His sprawling Rush conglomerate, headquartered on the 43rd floor of a Manhattan skyscraper and guarded by a huge but seemingly amiable bodyguard, also features jewellery (big diamonds a speciality), running shoes and energy drinks.

And here’s YouTube video of Simmons’s bodyguards working an event in Texas in 2009:

We’re not the only ones calling bull on Simmons’s claim:

@unclerush @realnycpatriot Who were the men at your house on MTV Cribs? The ones you said people would have to deal with?

— Victory In Love (@VictoryInLove) December 16, 2012


The ugly truth is evidently a little too ugly for Simmons:

What are u a stalker? U got time to check my videos to see “who secures me” and call me liar 🙂 @michellemalkin. Wowow

— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) December 17, 2012

I live and travel alone.. You can come over @michellemalkin. U are so cute, like a lil kitten 🙂 why so angry ?

— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) December 17, 2012

Gee, condescending much? Malkin knew he was just getting defensive:

Ah. @unclerush mad that he got busted==> Fact-check: Russell Simmons claims he doesn’t have bodyguards. Really?

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) December 17, 2012

Too bad he doesn’t have a bodyguard to help mask his insecurity.

Simmons’ fans rallied to his defense but failed to disprove Twitchy’s fact check:

@unclerush @michellemalkin <She gets paid to be angry, the madder she get the more money she makes. More money more anger.

— Madison Winters (@WinningAmerican) December 17, 2012

@unclerush @michellemalkin Well michelle, I’ve heard you make up almost every word that comes out of your mouth, and you are always so angry

— shirl E (@VintageLady1935) December 17, 2012

@michellemalkin @unclerushMichelle is upset she’s not famous enough to need security. Do you really think those big guys need guns?

— Tj Bates (@Teejbates) December 17, 2012

@unclerush @michellemalkin same bitch hating on @thegame new album smh

— dayumjanne♏ (@janne714) December 17, 2012

@unclerush @michellemalkin it’s the syphillis she contracted from Limbaugh.. Traveled to her brain. It’ll be over soon, Michelle#RIP

— Mona Hussein Obama (@MonaB2010) December 17, 2012

Oh, dear. What now. RT @countv31: @unclerush @michellemalkin RUSH put that hoe in her place Pimp.

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) December 17, 2012

Others saw right through Simmons:

@unclerush: So you’re playing word games. You’ve been seen with bodyguards many times. @michellemalkin proved your dishonesty.

— ♛ The One (@PeerlessPower) December 17, 2012

Nothing worse than a hypocrite liberal #tcot #NRA RT @michellemalkin: Gee @unclerush You STILL mad about being busted?

— OrgConservAmericans (@OCAmericans) December 17, 2012

@michellemalkin @unclerush Oh, BUSTED! Yeah, like I would believehe did not have bodyguards? I love ya’ Rush, but come on!

— Wendy Meade (@Wildchildwendy) December 17, 2012

@unclerush you got busted by@michellemalkin .Wow, why lie about..oh wait. That’s what liberals do. They tell us what to do, but won’t follow

— Free stuff (@EnoughPartisan) December 17, 2012

Lying liar @unclerush caught in his lying lie –…

— Jai(@JaiSimon) December 17, 2012

When in doubt, fling mud. Works every time.

@unclerush @michellemalkin It’s a challenge to practice loving kindness when angry people like this young lady attack. Namaste, sir!

— Alexis Jimenez (@BernardLeCroix) December 17, 2012


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He’s still going on about it:

.@michellemalkin ur wasting ur time on my “bodyguard” story, instead join us in protecting our children + support an assault weapons ban!

— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) December 17, 2012

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