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Before Signing Up for a Subscription, Calculate the Annual Cost

Before Signing Up for a Subscription, Calculate the Annual Cost

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How many subscriptions do you pay for each month? Your money zips away via autopay, and you grow accustom to the benefits of such memberships: The trial-size makeup box. The monthly video-game t-shirt subscription. That app that lets you customize at-home yoga routines. The $10 or $20 per month may seem like small potatoes in the greater scheme of your monthly budget. But what if you started thinking beyond the monthly cost? Would you still want that subscription if you had to pay up front for it?

Reddit user ligmapolis shared this tip:

Think of monthly subscriptions in terms of yearly cost. A $20 subscription is $240 yearly. Is it worth it?

It’s so simple, but it’s the kind of advice that makes you start ticking off the mental list of all those little things you’re paying for each month.

Thinking about these expenses beyond your monthly payment shifts your mindset from one of convenience to one of value. You might see a new membership box and think, “I love oranges, and it only costs $10 per month to have a box shipped to my door!” But do you love oranges enough to spend $120 a year on oranges alone?

This multiplication analysis of your memberships and subscriptions can also help you decide which services you’re only half-heartedly into, and can trim from your budget. Consider it a refresher for where your priorities lie. You can’t live without your yoga routines, so that’s a non-negotiable. Maybe you don’t need the t-shirt of the month club, though.

If you want to reach expert level subscription hacking, take a look at the subscriptions you value most and find out if there’s a discount for paying up front.

I used to subscribe to a business accounting service that cost $24 per month, but offered a discount if you paid once for the whole year. Paying $250 got my monthly cost down to about $20. If your budget is flush with cash and that subscription is a priority to you, you might enjoy nabbing a discount to the tune of almost $50 by paying all at once, like I did.

Take a look. Which memberships and subscriptions are worth paying for when you think about the annual cost?

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A South Carolina couple had a wedding-themed photo shoot for their 60th anniversary, and the pictures will make your heart melt

A South Carolina couple had a wedding-themed photo shoot for their 60th anniversary, and the pictures will make your heart melt

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South Carolina couple George and Vivian “Ginger” Brown celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with an adorable photo shoot.

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  • George and Vivian “Ginger” Brown, of South Carolina, became internet sensations after they were featured in an adorable wedding-themed photo shoot.
  • Their granddaughter Abigail Lydick, a photographer, wanted to treat George and Ginger to a special surprise to celebrate their diamond anniversary when they visited her in New Jersey.
  • Lydick even sent a local bridal boutique a photo of her grandmother on her wedding day in 1958 so they could find a similar gown for the photo shoot.
  • George and Ginger, who got married after a few months of dating, were completely surprised by the photo shoot and spent the entire time laughing and cracking jokes.
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With six decades, four children, 18 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren between them, it’s clear that George and Virginia “Ginger” Brown know something about love.

And now their heartwarming relationship is being shared with the world after the couple were surprised with an adorable wedding-themed photo shoot to celebrate their 60th anniversary.

Abigail Lydick, the couple’s granddaughter, told INSIDER that she wanted to make their diamond anniversary extra special when she heard they would be coming to visit her and other relatives in Allentown, New Jersey.

Since many family members couldn’t attend the couple’s anniversary party in South Carolina, where they currently live, she thought it would be fun to spend the day taking photos of them that she could share with their entire clan.

Lydick, who runs Abigail Gingerale Photography with her husband Andy Lydick, thought it would be extra fun to give the photo shoot a wedding theme.

Ginger and George had no idea their granddaughter had planned an entire photo shoot just for them.

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Lydick said she worked with her favorite local vendors to get the bouquet and wedding dress for the shoot.

“I just love weddings and I knew that they would have fun doing it and that it would make them laugh and smile,” Lydick told INSIDER. “Initially I didn’t tell them all the details, I just told them to get dressed up and take pictures.”

Lydick wanted to surprise her grandma with a wedding dress that looked like the one she wore in 1958.

George and Ginger on their wedding day in June 1958.

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Lydick said she secretly sent a picture of Ginger on her wedding day to Bridal Suite Boutique in Hamilton, New Jersey, who worked to find a similar gown. A floral crown and bouquet were also donated from local vendor Ivy on Main Florals.

Wanting to make the day even more special, Lydick hired a professional hair and makeup artist.

Lydick pulled out all the stops to make the photo shoot extra special for her grandparents.

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Lydick said it was the first time Ginger, 77, ever had her makeup and hair done by a professional. George, 82, also got a fresh haircut for the photo and wore one of Andy’s suits.

Lydick said her grandparents were “totally surprised” when she revealed they were going to have a full-blown wedding photo shoot.

George loved the photo shoot idea and was cracking jokes the entire time.

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“My grandma was very nervous, my granddad on the other hand loved it, he was smiling and cracking jokes the whole time,” Lydick recalled.

“Once my grandma was in the dress and her hair and makeup was done, she was more comfortable during the shoot for sure.”

After snapping photos of the couple in her studio, Lydick had her grandparents walk around outside for a gorgeous series of pictures on the town’s main street and by its creek.

Ginger and George share a touching moment during the photo shoot.

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Lydick said getting the chance to photograph her grandparents and witness their love for each other was “so much fun” and extra special.

Ginger and George couldn’t stop smiling at each other during the photo shoot.

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“Our goal with photography with anyone is to be able to have real human interaction and show off the love they have between them, which is exactly what they did,” Lydick said. “Being there to witness them cracking jokes with each other and holding each other was even more special as their granddaughter.”

George and Ginger first met in a busy diner on June 2, 1958.

George and Ginger first met at a diner, but reconnected months later.

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A waitress had asked Ginger and her friend if she could seat two people at their table. They happened to be George and his co-worker.

They introduced themselves to each other and went on with their separate meals. Ginger didn’t think much of George until months later, when she was waiting at a red light and heard a honk. It was George, waving from the car right next to her. She waved back but they drove in different directions, yet his smile still lingered in her mind.

Ginger couldn’t recall his name, but did remember that George had said at the diner that he worked at a local radio station. After weeks of flipping through the channels, one morning she heard the familiar voice of a man named George Brown as he read the local news.

On June 6, 1959, exactly one year and four days from the day they first met, Ginger and George tied the knot. She was 18 and he was 23.

Ginger and George only officially dated for a few months before they tied the knot.

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Ginger and George reconnected a month after they saw each other on the street. Ginger had been at the country fair with some friends when her brother came up to her and said he wanted to introduce her to someone. It was George, who just happened to be a former schoolmate of his.

A week later, Ginger came home from a date to find George sitting on the couch with her brother and sister-in-law. They invited her to eat at a diner with them. The rest, as they say, was history.

Lydick believes the secret to her grandparents’ successful marriage is the fact that they both “put in 100% instead of both putting in just 50%.”

Lydick said her grandparents believe it’s important to celebrate the good things in life together.

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“They’ve had their ups and downs, but they’re always willing to talk about it and are always willing to celebrate the good stuff while recognizing they’ve been through the hard stuff as well,” Lydick said.

“Marriage is such hard work and just because you go through something really hard doesn’t taint it. It makes you stronger, and you’re still able to celebrate all those good things.”

Lydick believes her grandparents’ very apparent love for each other is what keeps drawing people in.

George and Ginger’s love for each other was “palpable” during the shoot.

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Chance the Rapper Announces He’s Expecting Another Baby with Wife Kirsten Days After Wedding

Chance the Rapper Announces He’s Expecting Another Baby with Wife Kirsten Days After Wedding

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Less than a week after Chance the Rapper wed his longtime girlfriend Kirsten, he announced that the couple are expecting their second child together.

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“We pregnant again,” Chance, 25, shared on Thursday, in an exuberant message on Instagram, adding “its a girl.”

“JESUS CHRIST. WE LOVE YOU GOD,” the religious star added, sharing the happy news via a screenshot from his phone’s Notes app.

In a hint about his wife’s due date, Chance captioned the image, “New baby droppin September.”

Chance and Kirsten welcomed daughter Kensli in 2015.

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RELATED: See Every Photo from Chance the Rapper’s Romantic Weekend Wedding

The hip-hop star wed his longtime girlfriend on Saturday at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, California, in a ceremony planned by Jeannie Savage of Details Details, PEOPLE previously confirmed. Kirsten looked radiant in the Alma gown by Galia Lahav, hair by Yolanda Trejo of yo:u and makeup by Renee.

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Guests included Kim Kardashian West and her husband Kanye West, who has long been friends with Chance, a source told PEOPLE. Comedian Dave Chappelle and gospel star Kirk Franklin were also in attendance, according to photos posted by Chance on Monday.

Days before their nuptials, the Chicago Tribune reported that Chance and Kirsten have been legally married since Dec. 27, when they wed in a civil ceremony at the Cook County clerk’s office.

Days before their nuptials, Chance revealed the sweet story of how he first met his bride, writing on Twitter that the fateful encounter occurred when he was 9 years old. That day, Chance attended a party at his mom’s office, where Kirsten performed a Destiny’s Child dance routine — and it was love at first sight.

“I knew I was gonna marry that girl,” he tweeted, noting he was too nervous to introduce himself that night. “Sixteen years later it’s happening. This wknd is the time, and the place is my wedding. I’m gonna dance with my wife because this is my destiny.”

RELATED VIDEO: Chance the Rapper Is Engaged to Longtime Girlfriend Kirsten Corley — Watch His Backyard Proposal

Chance and Kirsten began dating in 2013. After welcoming their daughter Kensli in 2015, the pair split in 2016 before reconciling the next year. Then Chance popped the question on July 4, 2018 at a family barbecue in their native Chicago; he confirmed the engagement the same day as the proposal, simply tweeting: “She said yes.”

In a sweet nod to his family, after winning the best new artist Grammy in 2017, the artist dedicated the award to Kirsten and their daughter.

“I wanna thank God for my mother and my father who’ve supported me since I was young. For Kirsten, for Kensli, for all of Chicago,” he said in his acceptance speech.

Although the couple are very private, last May, Chance offered some insight into their relationship when he wished her happy birthday on Instagram.

“From the beginning beginning to the end end. You are my oldest and best friend. You are responsible for everyone [sic] of the most wonderful things in my life,” he captioned a sweet slideshow of images.

“I’m forever grateful that God made me find you, and even more grateful that you made me find God. Forever and ever babe.”

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20 Celebs Who Forget They’re Raising Kids, And Not “Little Adults”

20 Celebs Who Forget They’re Raising Kids, And Not “Little Adults”

We can’t imagine what raising kids in the spotlight would be like! Celebrity parents have the paparazzi always on their tail as they try to do normal things with their families, like shop for groceries or do school drop-offs. Many stars say that their kids have become scared of cameras simply because of the number of photographers hunting them down on the daily.

Likewise, think of all of the temptations that would arise for a child of celebrity parents. These kids are thrust into all sort of situations and exposed to things many normal folks could only imagine. Most kids find they grow up fast when living life in Hollywood, and it’s totally understandable when you think about the sorts of A-lister events they go to and famous people they meet.

Now, there are some celebrity parents who try their hardest to give their kids as normal an upbringing as they can. They likely lean on the stricter side and keep their kids away from the paparazzi as well as Hollywood events. But, then there are other celebrity parents who don’t wield such a tough hand. Some famous parents treat their kids like mini-adults, taking them to red carpet events, spoiling them with luxurious goods and staff, and even helping them launch their professional success from an early age. Check out these 20 celebrity parents who often treat their kids like grown-ups than actual children.

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20 Beyonce: Thinks Kids Need Staff

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Beyonce’s and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy may only be 7-years old, but that hasn’t stopped the couple from hiring an entire team of staff to tend to the child’s needs and wishes. According to sources, the kiddo has her own stylist, personal shopper, chef, and tutor, making it seem like she’s the celebrity, not her parents.

“Aside from Blue’s bevy of teachers, who instruct the tot in French, Swahili, art and ballet, Bey’s hired a personal chef to cater to her picky appetite,” a source told Star Magazine.

And don’t worry- the twins also have an army of nannies attending to them. “Each child has four nannies” the insider added, noting they get paid a cool $100,000 per year for their services.

19 Mama June: All Those Pageants

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Fans first met Honey Boo Boo when she was an outspoken contestant on Toddlers and Tiaras. Her popularity helped her hillbilly family score their own reality show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which catapulted them into fame.

Despite Honey Boo Boo’s success, many fans feel that her mother, Mama June, exploited her daughter’s fame for her own advantage. Not only did she push her to compete on T&T (which, let’s be real, isn’t good for body image), but she subjugated her entire family to judgment for the eyebrow-raising behaviour they displayed on their own show.

But perhaps the biggest sign that Mama June wasn’t treating her kids like children at all was when she began dating Mark McDaniel, who was a convicted felon and accused of harming her eldest daughter. Despite their show being cancelled by TLC for her ties to him and her children vocally being against it, Mama June still continued to date McDaniel.

18 Farrah Abraham: Takes Breaks From Her Kid

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Farrah Abraham has received tons of criticism for her parenting skills over the years, specifically for the fact that she doesn’t seem to treat her 9-year old daughter age appropriately.

For instance, Farrah took a “break” from her then-4-year old daughter for a few months in 2013 (because that’s totally realistic for parents). “It’s healthy that we have a break,” she told In Touch at the time. “She has her own life and is doing her own thing, and I’m doing mine.” The then-22-year old words’ made it seem like she was talking about a friend or significant other, rather than her own child.

More recently, Farrah came under fire for posting a video of Sophia dancing in her underwear to social media, which many fans felt was not appropriate whatsoever. Interestingly, Farrah’s father Michael came to her defense online, stating that it was no different than his granddaughter wearing a bikini and everyone else’s minds are just in the gutter.

17 Yolanda Foster: Getting Into The Family Business

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Former supermodel Yolanda Foster is the famous mama behind three of the world’s top models today: Gigi, Bella, and Anwar Hadid. However, some fans have raised eyebrows over how young her kids were when she started them in show biz. Gigi, for instance, was modeling in a national campaign for Guess by the age of 6.

All of her kids were up-and-coming in the fashion industry by the time they were in their mid-teens. Like many young kids and teens in entertainment, the Hadid children have had their fair of problems. Some fans think that might be a sign the Hadid kids grew up too soon and too fast.

16 Victoria Beckham: Treats Harper Like Her Mini-Me

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Harper Beckham is the stylish daughter of Victoria and David Beckham. When most moms take their toddlers out, they go to the park or for a play date with another kid and their mom. But that wasn’t the upbringing Harper had.

When she was as young as 3, the child was already sitting in on runways shows with the likes of Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld. She’s always dressed impeccably in designer duds and staying quiet at her parents’ side. Harper seems like one of the most well-behaved, well-dressed kids in Hollywood, and that’s likely because her parents treat her as older beyond her years.

Hey, growing up in the same social circle as Anna Wintour will do that to you.

15 Kim Zolciak: Like Mother, Like Daughter

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Fans will recognize Kim Zolciak from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, which took a look at her large family. Kim has six kids in total. She has two older daughters from previous relationships: Brielle (born in 1997) and Ariana (born in 2001). She went on to marry Kroy Biermann in 2011, and together they have four children: Kroy (born in 2011), Kash (born in 2012) and twins Kaia and Kane (born in 2013).

This reality star is known for being a bit of a Diva and has passed on her boisterous personality to her eldest daughters, who are noticeably become carbon-copies of their blonde mama. Despite the girls being in their teens, Kim has had no problem with them getting procedures to enhance their looks, just as she’s done. Likewise, she’s partied it up at numerous Hollywood events with her girls, despite them being underage.

Although this hasn’t sat well with many fans, who claim eldest daughter Brielle has already overdone it with the enhancements, the Zolciak-Biermann family is continuing to do their thing.

14 Michelle Duggar: The Kids Raise Each Other

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Michelle and Jim-Bob Duggar have become famous for their giant brood of nineteen children. Their lives were famously documented on the hit TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting, and now its spinoff Counting On.

The Duggars have come under fire numerous times for their parenting techniques. But one of the biggest qualms fans have with the famous family is that they seem to have a family rule that the older kids need to help out with the younger kids. Now, this isn’t uncommon of large families, but some feel the Duggars take this overboard and that the older siblings are raising the younger ones more so than their parents.

For instance, many fans have expressed concerns about how it seems the oldest sister, Jana, is always doing things for her younger siblings, like making their meals or getting them dresses. Likewise, the family has received criticism for making their youngest children do intensive chores, like when Jessa posted a pic of the toddlers mopping the floor.

13 Madonna: Kids Are Bound To Experiment

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Given her wild reputation, no one expects Madonna to be the strictest mother in the world. But perhaps the celeb, who’s a mother to six children, is a bit too lenient, as she’s expressed her expectation that her kids will engage in risky behaviour (and that she’d be fine with it). After all, kids are supposed to experiment, right?

Back in 2016, her then-16-year old son Rocco was arrested for possession. Sources at the time said Madonna had been okay with Rocco and his teenage friends carrying on with their behaviour, so long as it was under her roof. In the end, Rocco went to live with his father, Guy Ritchie, in the UK after a tumultuous custody battle. So perhaps this is a sign Madonna needs to be running a tighter ship with her kids.

12 Kim Kardashian: Just A Touch Of Lipstick

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Kim Kardashian and husband Kanye West are currently expecting another son via surrogate, which will bring their total of children to four. And while Kim has raved about how much she loves motherhood, not all of her fans are convinced she’s doing the best job.

Specifically, some fans feel like she’s rushing her eldest daughter, North, to grow up before it’s her time. The reality star has come under fire for allowing North to wear hair extensions as well as a full face of makeup before she was even six. And we’re not talking about play makeup done while at home- North has been allowed to show up to A-list events sporting red lipstick.

While some fans think this is a sign that Kim is allowing her daughter to act too grown up for her age, others expect it given how immersed Kim is in the beauty industry. Do you think makeup on a six-year-old is going too far?

11 Nadya Suleman: Kids Take Care Of Themselves, Right?

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Nadya Suleman seemed out of touch with reality in 2009 when she announced she was expecting octuplets via IVF, despite already having six kids at home while living off of public assistance- and that’s probably why the doctor who impregnated her later lost his license.

The public was immediately fascinated with Nadya, who they dubbed Octomom, when she came forward with her story. She gave multiple interviews in subsequent years, and each time she appeared to believe that raising 14 kids is a lot easier than people expect. In fact, sometimes it appeared she believed the kids would simply raise themselves.

In recent years, reality seems to have caught up to this busy mom. She’s been open about her financial struggles (because having that many kids are expensive).

10 Lionel Richie: Accepts That They’re Wild Childs

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Singer Lionel Richie is a father of three, but his family has garnered attention mainly for the behaviour of his two daughters, Nicole and Sofia. In the early 2000s, Nicole Richie was the socialite of the moment and she got into all sorts of trouble with her then-bestie, Paris Hilton. Despite many fans seeing Nicole’s struggles, Lionel always seemed to just let her do her own thing.

And the same can be said of his parenting attitude towards his younger daughter Sofia. Lionel received backlash when the then-19-year old began dating Kardashian baby daddy Scott Disick, who was 15 years her senior. Fans assumed Lionel must have an issue with it, but the celeb has only been supportive of their relationship to the media, saying Sofia will do what she wants to do. It seems like he’s content letting his girls figure out things on their own!

9 Johnny Depp: Supported Lily Dropping Out Of School

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Johnny Depp is a bit of an oddball, so no one expects his approach to parenting to be classic. However, fans were surprised when it came to light that the actor and his former partner, Vanessa Paradis, supported their daughter Lily-Rose dropping out of high school to pursue modeling in 2016.

Many fans feel that its parent’s responsibility to encourage their child to focus on their education. It’s one thing to decide not to pursue a University degree in favour of work in entertainment (and when your dad is Johnny Depp, that might be a wise choice), but failing to get a high school diploma is a different story. Maybe this is a sign Johnny and Vanessa too readily treated their daughter as an adult versus a teen.

“They were in no position to tell me, ‘Get your diploma first,’” Lily told Vanity Fair of her controversial decision, demonstrating that she doesn’t need to get her parents’ permission to make such a big choice.

8 Candace Cameron Bure: Runs Her Home Like A Bootcamp

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Full House alum Candace Cameron Bure, who’s now a mother of three, has come under fire for her controversial parenting decisions in the past. The celeb has a very strict set of house rules she expects her kids to follow, which some feel are a bit too intense to put on kids.

For instance, Candace and her professional hockey-playing husband expect their kids to workout every day. Likewise, they ban electronics during weekdays, except for studying purposes. The actress has even admitted to adding her kids’ friends on social media so she can get to know them better as well as monitoring her kids’ online activities.

If we didn’t know better, we might confuse Candace’s home with a Bootcamp!

7 Pamela Anderson: Believes Boys Will Be Boys

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It’s no secret that Pamela Anderson was a wild child back in her day. In the ‘90s, fans couldn’t stop hearing about her tumultuous relationship with Tommy Lee, who she was married to from 1995-98. Together, the former couple has two sons: Brandon (born in 1996) and Dylan (born in 1997).

And it looks like Pam’s wild days have influenced her parenting style! The actress has made it clear to the media that she’d rather act like her sons’ friend than an authority figure. She’s said that both she and her ex-husband are okay with their boys engaging in risky behaviour since they did the same thing when they were young.

“I really believe in my kids. My kids have had a great foundation. They have seen the world,” Pam said about her parenting in 2012.

6 Blac Chyna: Parenting Isn’t Always A Dream

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Blac Chyna has come under fire for many things during her time in the spotlight and parenting is one of them. The reality star shares a son, King Cairo, with her ex Tyga, and a daughter, Dream, with her other ex Rob Kardashian.

Some fans feel that the celeb treats her kids like accessories rather than as children. Chyna received backlash after she became pregnant with Dream, as many fans thought it was to get back at her ex Tyga, who was then dating Rob’s sister, Kylie. It didn’t help that Chyna broke up with Rob seemingly out of the blue weeks after they welcomed their daughter.

On top of that, Chyna has also been criticized for allowing 2-year old Dream to sport hair extensions and makeup, although that seems to be the norm in the Kardashian household.

5 Jenelle Evans: Anything Goes On The Land

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Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans is always in the headlines for something or the other, and it’s usually over her parenting. There have been tons of times fans have been concerned over the things the reality star allows her children to do or says about them.

For instance, she’ received a lot of backlash for the way she talks to her eldest son, Jace, about the custody situation between her and her mother Barbara, who has full legal rights over the boy. Jenelle hasn’t been afraid to bad-mouth her mom in front of Jace as well as ask him questions like who he’d rather live with.

Likewise, Jenelle has also come under fire for allowing her kids to do things like hold guns or ride tractors without supervision on her and her husband’s large property (that they aptly call ‘The Land’), which is probably why TM2 views have been skyrocketing.

4 Cindy Crawford: Starting In Showbiz Too Young

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Former supermodel Cindy Crawford has two children- daughter Kaia and son Presley- with her husband, Rande Gerber. Kaia followed in her mother’s footsteps at a young age and pursued work in modeling, which so far has been pretty successful for the now-17-year old.

Although Cindy has been supportive of her daughter’s ambitions, some fans think she pushed her too early into showbiz- the teen was modeling in certain outfits as young as 13, which many fans argued wasn’t age appropriate. Some feel that Cindy should’ve encouraged her daughter to wait before launching her professional path.

Yet, even though Kaia has walked runways for international runways, Cindy says her kids still turn to her for professional advice. “Eventually I want to empower them to be in charge of their own [professional lives], but they’re not ready for that yet. Right now they’re mostly, ‘Mom, just tell me what to do,'” she told Town and Country.

3 Coco Austin: Babies Aren’t Accessories

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Coco Austin shares 3-year old daughter Chanel with rapper and Law & Order: SVU star with Ice-T. The celeb loves sharing photos of her and her mini-me wearing identical outfits, but not all of her followers are fans.

Coco has received some backlash from fans who don’t think the outfits are age-appropriate for a toddler and that the mama should dress Chanel in something more child-friendly. However, the couple has told the media that the naysayers don’t bother them, so it doesn’t sound like Coco will be switching up her parenting style anytime soon.

“We face scrutiny whether you have a baby or not, so having a baby, you’re like in this little microscope because they want you to do something wrong so they can say something bad, that you’re a bad mother,” Coco told Us Weekly. “But we’re just like regular moms, we’re still trying to figure it out. We don’t know everything, we’re not perfect.”

2 Tom Cruise: Distance Makes The Heart Grow Fonder?

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Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes had a whirlwind romance that resulted in the birth of one child, daughter Suri, before the couple divorced in 2012. However, after their split, Tom appeared to get more distant from his child, with sources saying his involvement in Scientology was to blame.

Sources have said the actor feels too busy to visit his daughter and that it’s in her best interest in they remain distant, which sounds like something you’d be more likely to tell a friend rather than your only child. Reports say the father-daughter duo haven’t seen each other in close to half a decade.

Just last Father’s Day, a source told In Touch that Tom was only miles away from his daughter, yet didn’t see her. Tom could have easily made the trip to see Suri. It only takes about 30 minutes without traffic,” they said. “It would’ve only added a few hours to his busy schedule.” While this sort of separation might be okay if Suri was an adult, Tom would be wise to remember she’s just a little girl who probably missed her dad.

1 Kris Jenner: When Building An Empire

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There’s a reason Kris Jenner’s kids call her ‘Momager’ and not just ‘Mom’!

If there was any famous mama determined to establish a professional path for her kids in the spotlight, it was Kris. When Kim first became a household name in the early 2000s, Kris jumped on every opportunity to make sure the fame would last (and boy did it). She pushed her other three older kids to take advantage of opportunities that came their way to establish their professional paths.

But while Kim, Khloe, Kourt, and Rob were all adults by the time the family became famous, Kylie and Kendall weren’t. Some fans see it as problematic that Kris pushed Kylie and Kendall into the limelight while they were still in their teens- with Kendall, she’s been modeling since in her pre-teens, and Kylie began her makeup empire when she was barely out of high school. Should this mom have just let her kids be kids?

Sources: Adelaide Now, In Touch, Gossip Cop, Daily Mail

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A definitive guide to the best breakup movies since 1970

A definitive guide to the best breakup movies since 1970

Lots of movies have breakups in them. But not all movies with breakups are breakup movies—many are just rom-coms, or dramas where a breakup is a prelude to romance. That’s not what this list is about. This list is for breakup movies.

Here are our (admittedly somewhat arbitrary) rules for inclusion:

  1. The couple in question must have slept together/been romantically involved OR have been married/in a domestic partnership. In other words, no “friend breakups.”
  2. The breakup doesn’t have to happen on screen, but must be integral to the plot.
  3. A story about an on-again, off-again relationship doesn’t count.
  4. We only considered moves from 1970 on. This was just a tactical choice, to make the project feasible.

We could have just listed these movies in order of how much we liked them, but that would have been too easy. Plus, who cares what my favorite breakup movie is? Better to develop metrics that can be applied to all of them.

Here’s our grading scale:

Trait Points
Rotten Tomatoes score 0.1 per point
Box-office draw 1 per $100 million (2018 dollars)
Does it pass the Bechdel test? 5
The breakup is blamed on a lazy gender stereotype -10
The protagonist is at fault for the breakup -10
It reminds you that everyone is awful (and, therefore, you are no worse than anyone else) 2
The broken-up couple gets back together -5
The protagonist partakes in a healthy amount of wallowing 5
The protagonist has meaningful relationships outside their recently ended romantic relationship 5
Moving/signature song or dance scene 2
The protagonist gets to a place where they can move on 10
Is it a cult classic? 5

And a few explanations:

Rotten Tomatoes score: We’d prefer to use Metacritic, since its ratings are more statistically valid than Rotten Tomatoes’ but, unfortunately, not all of the movies on our list have a Metacritic rating. So we went with the second-best option.

Box-office draw: These numbers are based on figures obtained from boxofficemojo.com and the-numbers.com, and then adjusted to December 2018 dollars using the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ consumer-price-index inflation calculator.

Does it pass the Bechdel test?: This is based on data gathered by bechdeltest.com, except in cases where Quartz reporters familiar with the movie disagreed with that site’s assessment.

It it a cult classic?: This is based on a metric developed by Quartz reporter Dan Kopf, which divides the number of votes a movie has received on IMDb by the movie’s US box-office receipts (in millions) during its run in theaters; anything with a score of over 5,000 is considered a “cult classic.” For example, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind had 808,191 IMDb votes as of writing, and made $45.7 million at the box office in the US. 808,191/45.7=17,674. In other words Eternal Sunshine is very much a cult classic by our rating.

To be clear: We are well aware that this list is imperfect. However, it’s certainly no more imperfect—and much more interesting, in our opinion—than any of the other “best breakup movie” lists you’ll find online. It has its pros (there is a nice mix of male and female protagonists) and cons (if you want to wallow, you probably want to look towards the bottom of our rankings). Even though I largely came up with the rating system, I personally have many qualms with the results. But too bad; you can’t argue with a system.

The complete list can be found at the bottom of this article; we’ve broken down the scoring and arguments for each of the top 10 below. One last thing: spoilers ahead.

The top-10 best breakup movies, by our calculations

No. 10: High Fidelity

TOTAL SCORE 28.78
Rotten Tomatoes 9.1
Box office 0.68
Bechdel test
Gender stereotyping
Protagonist to blame
Reminder: everyone is awful 2
Couple makeup -5
Healthy wallowing 5
Meaningful relationships 5
Signature song/dance 2
Protagonist moves on 10
Cult classic

High Fidelity is a quintessential Breakup Movie that is immensely satisfying if you’re in the midst of post-relationship malaise. Rob Gordon (played by John Cusack) gets dumped by his girlfriend, and then proceeds to revisit all the previous breakups in his life in an effort to understand what the hell is wrong with him. If you’ve recently been dumped, you’ll almost certainly relate to Rob’s petty resentments, identity confusion, and indecisiveness about how exactly to shelve his record collection (alphabetically by musician? by genre? chronologically by issue date? chronologically by purchase date?) What’s either less relatable, or perhaps uncomfortably too real is that the reason Rob got dumped is that he’s kind of an asshole. Luckily for Rob, through the course of the movie, he grows up and develops more fully as a human, which helps him get back together with the woman who dumped him. Less luckily for the film, that loses it significant points in our ratings system. —Elijah Wolfson

No. 9: The Way We Were

TOTAL SCORE 28.84
Rotten Tomatoes 6.4
Box office 2.94
Bechdel test
Gender stereotyping -2.5
Protagonist to blame
Reminder: everyone is awful
Couple makeup
Healthy wallowing 5
Meaningful relationships 5
Signature song/dance 2
Protagonist moves on 10
Cult classic

The backdrop to the 20 years of love, friendship, and bittersweet breakup sorrow explored in The Way We Were includes some very serious business, such as the outbreak of World War II and the post-war blacklisting of Hollywood luminaries caught up in dirty work of the congressional House Un-American Activities Committee. But the real drama in this 1973 classic is the relationship, unlikely at first and exhilarating up until the inevitable implosion between Barbra Streisand’s Katie Morosky, an impassioned Marxist with a streak of adorableness, and Robert Redford’s Hubbell Gardiner, whose awareness of his own privilege makes his charms all the more irresistible. When they bump into each other on a crowded New York City street years after their split, both characters have clearly moved on—but the affection and appreciation they still have for one another will almost make you wish they hadn’t. —Heather Landy

No. 8: (500) Days of Summer

TOTAL SCORE 29.22
Rotten Tomatoes 8.5
Box office 0.72
Bechdel test
Gender stereotyping
Protagonist to blame
Reminder: everyone is awful
Couple makeup
Healthy wallowing 5
Meaningful relationships
Signature song/dance
Protagonist moves on 10
Cult classic 5

Are you a fan of rom-coms, independent movies, and silly ideas such as “the one,” “love at first sight,” and “happily ever after”? Then 500 Days of Summer—a meet-cute featuring a floppy-haired emo boy and giant-blue-eyed, manic-pixie dream girl might be for you. They fall in love and funny things happen: There’s a romantic escapade to IKEA and a hilarious song-and-dance number set to Hall & Oates’s music. Except, ugh, they break up! Well, she breaks up with him, because she’s the one who sees past the rose-tinted infatuation and realizes they just aren’t meant to be. You sat down to watch a film about a perfectly quirky love story and instead got stuck with a narrative about how idealizing people inevitably leads to breakup, and heartbreak. But this is where the secret power of (500) Days of Summer kicks in: It goes through the disappointment and gets to the other side, to life after sorrow, full of opportunities. Like meeting new people to unhealthily idealize. —Annalisa Merelli

No. 7: First Wives’ Club

TOTAL SCORE 29.75
Rotten Tomatoes 4.8
Box office 2.95
Bechdel test 5
Gender stereotyping -5
Protagonist to blame
Reminder: everyone is awful 2
Couple makeup
Healthy wallowing 5
Meaningful relationships 5
Signature song/dance
Protagonist moves on 10
Cult classic

If “divorce movie” were a category unto itself, First Wives Club would take the cake. This 1996 comedy is about a group of badass ladies—played by Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Lane—seeking vengeance on ex-husbands who left them for younger women. But while First Wives Club includes no small number of cathartic relationships-are-the-worst-so-screw-’em moments (particularly for anyone who’s been betrayed by a significant other), it is primarily a movie about female friendship, and the power women have to lift each other up, sometimes in hilarious ways. According to Wikipedia, First Wives Club also has a “cult following particularly among middle-aged women,” which is to say that this one will serve you in breakups throughout your life. And if you didn’t already love the 1963 R&B hit “You Don’t Own Me”—featured in the movie’s final scene—prepare to start now. —Kira Bindrim

No. 6: Gett: The Trial of Viviane Anselem

TOTAL SCORE 30.01
Rotten Tomatoes 10
Box office draw 0.01
Bechdel test
Gender stereotyping
Protagonist to blame
Reminder: everyone is awful
Couple makeup
Healthy wallowing 5
Meaningful relationships 5
Signature song/dance
Protagonist moves on 10
Cult classic

This 2015 foreign film, made in Israel, almost entirely in Hebrew, is about as atypical a breakup movie as you could imagine. It’s a courtroom drama based on a relatively obscure ancient and retrograde religious edict: Viviane’s husband Elisha has refused to give her a gett, the religious document that, by Orthodox Jewish law, a man must give his wife for a divorce to be official. So Viviane (Ronit Elkabetz, who, with her brother Shlomi Elkabetz, also wrote and directed the film) takes Elisha (Simon Abkarian) to religious court, hoping the panel of Rabbinical judges will demand Elisha sign. The court slow-walks the process, giving Elisha the benefit of the doubt, and leaving Viviane with no further recourse. Perhaps that sounds boring, but the movie has a 100% critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes—and an 80% audience rating. As Manohla Dargis wrote for the New York Times (paywall), it’s a dialectic about love and relationships that is, implausibly, “gripping cinema from start to finish.” —Elijah Wolfson

No. 5: Swingers

TOTAL SCORE 30.31
Rotten Tomatoes 8.7
Box office 0.11
Bechdel test
Gender stereotyping -5
Protagonist to blame
Reminder: everyone is awful 2
Couple makeup
Healthy wallowing 2.5
Meaningful relationships 5
Signature song/dance 2
Protagonist moves on 10
Cult classic 5

On paper, Swingers seems extremely bro-y. It’s true that it is male-centric, comes nowhere near passing the Bechdel test, and has far too many scenes (one is too many) with the ska band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. But it’s also practically the platonic ideal of a breakup movie. The film starts with Mike (Jon Favreau, who also wrote the script) crying at a restaurant, spilling his guts to his friend Rob (Ron Livingston) about how much he misses his ex, Michelle, who he dated for six years before she dumped him, at which point he moved from New York to LA to try to start a new life. Most of the movie is driven by the efforts of another friend, Trent (Vince Vaughn), to push Mike to get over Michelle and meet other women. It sucks. Trent is pretty much terrible and Mike is miserable (it’s unfortunate Trent is on the movie poster, since the film itself is clearly aware that he’s the worst). Favreau’s screenplay precisely captures the frustration of intellectually wanting to move on but being emotionally incapable of doing so; Mike’s aggravation comes out in dozens of inappropriate ways, including an ever-present New-York-neurotic irritation with the LA “it’s-all-good” thing that now surrounds him. And when Mike finally does come out the other side, it couldn’t be more satisfying: his ex finally calls him, and he hangs up on her right as she says “I love you” in order to take another call from a new woman he met two days earlier.—Elijah Wolfson

No. 4: Legally Blonde

TOTAL SCORE 30.32
Rotten Tomatoes 6.9
Box office 1.42
Bechdel test 5
Gender stereotyping -5
Protagonist to blame
Reminder: everyone is awful
Couple makeup
Healthy wallowing 5
Meaningful relationships 5
Signature song/dance 2
Protagonist moves on 10
Cult classic

It would be tempting to dismiss Legally Blonde as dated; after all, protagonist Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) takes the LSATs just to follow her Harvard-bound ex-boyfriend to law school (plus we see a group of old, white, male Harvard officials gleefully approve a bikini-clad Elle’s video application). But as a cheeky and never-too-self-serious ode to women’s empowerment, Legally Blonde absolutely holds up. A young woman gets revenge on her pompous mansplaining ex by enrolling at his school, doing better than him academically and professionally, being so supportive of his new fiancee that even she realizes he sucks, and bolstering the confidence of an unforgettable nail technician (Jennifer Coolidge) on the side. It’s basically Kill Bill without the murder. (And yes, I’m counting the Bend-and-Snap scene as a signature song or dance.) —Kira Bindrim

No. 3: Celeste and Jesse Forever

TOTAL SCORE 32.13
Rotten Tomatoes 7.1
Box office 0.03
Bechdel test 5
Gender stereotyping
Protagonist to blame
Reminder: everyone is awful
Couple makeup
Healthy wallowing 5
Meaningful relationships 5
Signature song/dance
Protagonist moves on 10
Cult classic

Though it’s far from perfect, 2012’s Celeste and Jesse Forever is a high-end breakup movie because it’s the rare genre entry to tackle a type of separation that, while common in real life, almost never finds its way into narrative storytelling: what happens when two people still genuinely care for each other, but no longer burn with desire. Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones (who, with Will McCormack, also wrote the script—notice a theme?) are believable and funny in the title roles, and their relationship is touching without becoming saccharine. Celeste and Jesse avoids many of the pitfalls of more mediocre breakup movies while also offering a number of things that are quite distinct. Besides the unique subject matter, it’s also one of the few films on the list that seems sincerely willing to say that in heterosexual relationships, sometimes neither (or both) genders are to blame. —Elijah Wolfson

No. 2: Bridget Jones’ Diary

TOTAL SCORE 34.15
Rotten Tomatoes 8.1
Box office 4.05
Bechdel test 5
Gender stereotyping -5
Protagonist to blame
Reminder: everyone is awful 2
Couple makeup
Healthy wallowing 5
Meaningful relationships 5
Signature song/dance
Protagonist moves on 10
Cult classic

Loosely based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones’ brilliance as a breakup movie lies in its acute portrait of how difficult it can be to see ourselves—and our relationships—clearly. Bridget (played by Renee Zellweger at her most charming) is a single woman in her early 30s who’s hilarious and loving, yet has been brainwashed by self-help books and sexist magazine covers into focusing on her flaws. She falls for her roguish boss Daniel (Hugh Grant), only to discover that his charm is a mirage: He’s a cheating cad at heart, not to mention an emotional mess. So they break up. Bridget similarly misjudges the seemingly snobby Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth), whom she believes looks down on her, but who turns out to be harboring a serious crush. For anyone suffering from heartbreak, the movie serves as a gentle reminder that sometimes breakups are for the best, and that we should settle for nothing less than someone who will love us—as Darcy tells Bridget—not despite our shortcomings, but “just as you are.” —Sarah Todd

No. 1: Mrs. Doubtfire

TOTAL SCORE 41.87
Rotten Tomatoes 7.1
Box office 7.77
Bechdel test 5
Gender stereotyping
Protagonist to blame
Reminder: everyone is awful
Couple makeup
Healthy wallowing 5
Meaningful relationships 5
Signature song/dance 2
Protagonist moves on 10
Cult classic

Robin Williams’ box-office crossdressing comedy/drama is a pleasant surprise at the top of the list. It may not be what comes to mind when you think “breakup movie,” and Mrs. Doubtfire owes much of its high ranking to having made more money than every film but one other on the list. But it really does have everything you’d want from a film if you’ve just ended a relationship: moments of raw emotion, hilarious set pieces, and a gentle, kind-hearted outlook on life at its core. Perhaps best of all is that in his failed effort to reverse the breakup, protagonist Daniel Hillard (Williams) is led directly to his salvation: Mrs. Doubtfire can’t get Daniel’s wife back, but she does get him a children’s TV show, through which he can exercise his creativity and have a meaningful impact on the lives of kids. Also surprising is that the crossdressing central to the plot doesn’t feel as outdated and offensive as I (and you) might have assumed. —Elijah Wolfson

Every movie we considered, ranked

Additional reporting by (in alphabetical order by last name) Jenni Avins, Jackie Bischof, Chris Chappel, Olivia Goldhill, Anna Graizbord, Lydia Jackson, Andres Moron, Molly Rubin, and Alexa Trearchis.

A previous version of this article mistakenly referred to Rotten Tomatoes’ scores as Metacritic scores.


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