Lil Wayne Reveals He Attempted Suicide When He Was 12

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The bullet just missed his heart

Lil Wayne’s long-awaited album Tha Carter V is finally coming out later this year. In anticipation, Billboard interviewed the rapper about retirement, the album's numerous delays, and some of the tracks. On one song, according to the publication, Wayne raps about a suicide attempt he made when he was 12.

While living in New Orleans with his mother, Wayne shot himself in the chest after she told him he couldn’t rap anymore. The bullet just missed his heart. The artist has mentioned the incident before over the years, but it’s always been talked about as an accident, not something done on purpose. The article outlines that the song was on the original album tracklist, but Wayne added new lyrics this summer following the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.

“He just told me one day that he was ready to address it now,” Wayne’s longtime collaborator Mack Maine told Billboard about the artist’s decision. “Just being an adult, reaching a level of maturity and comfort where it’s like, ‘I want to talk about this because I know a lot of people out here might be going through that.’”

After healing from his gunshot wound, the rapper’s mother allowed him to join the Cash Money team reportedly under one condition: he couldn’t swear. As the story points out, he kept his promise on his solo debut Tha Block Is Hot which was released in 1999, but he hasn't done the greatest job since.

Read the full story over on Billboard.

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He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.

But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.

The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.



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The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.