After announcing her second pregnancy during a live show in Los Angeles back in August, American pop-star Kelly Clarkson took to Instagram this week to announce she and her husband Brandon Blackstock are expecting a baby boy.
The post has, to date, been liked more than 50,000 times and the new addition will join the couple’s 16-month old daughter River Rose.
Since welcoming her little girl last year, Clarkson, who is step-mum to Blackstock’s two children from a previous relationship, has often spoken about the issues surrounding women in the industry who have kids as well as her desire to have two children who are close in age.
In June, she said:
“It’s hard being a woman and wanting kids and fitting in your career. I want them to be close together, because the other two are kind of close together, my stepkids.”
Having started out as a professional ballet dancer, Israeli born artist Kfir has danced and performed on stages all over the world in some of the biggest and best known productions, including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom Of The Opera.
began creating and sharing his own music back in 2013 with the release of his
debut single “Fake It Till U Make It” and over the years he’s earned himself a
considerable number of views and streams on YouTube and several music
After taking a break from music to star in the drama Flesh & Bone, he returned in 2015, and has spent the past few years honing his craft and continuing to fans develop and showcase his talents. Now, with a new EP, One Time With You, due out next year, Kfir has dropped his latest single “Ocean Breeze”, which offers just a small taste of what fans can expect from the collection, and ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to host its premiere.
Asked about the creative process behind and to the song, KFIR says:
“ I wrote “Ocean Breeze” when I was on my winter vacation in Miami. I was sitting on Collins ave under the palm trees and enjoying the sunshine while listening to some beats I was sent. I came across one of them and immediately I started humming this melody which later became the chorus. I called my co-writer Javier Cardellino, who is based in Uruguay, and 20 minutes later we had created the melody ideas for the verse, pre-choruses, and bridge. I came up with the lyrics an hour later.
I was so amazed about how swiftly the process was, I was trying to capture the feeling of me sitting under those palm trees and the sun. Not a bit of me wanted to go back to the cold, and I was trying to convey this throughout the song. The track is about wanting the moment to last forever, it’s about being on vacation and meeting someone unexpected and falling in love and carried away not wanting to go back to reality. “
Give “Ocean Breeze” a listen below and for more information on Kfir, visit his website or follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
With a considerably impressive and varied resume of work to her name, Jamie Bernadette really loves what she does and that passion comes across in every project she takes on. Her latest film The Furnace, out on October 15th, will strike a chord with anyone who has experienced a loss in their life and ahead of its release later this month, Jamie spoke to ThisIsTheLatest about how she prepared for such a demanding, emotional role, her upcoming projects and her advice for aspiring actors and actresses.
been a part of the industry now for well over a decade, but was there any point
in your younger years when you considered taking a different career path, or
has it always been about acting for you?
Bernadette: I grew up in a small town where the thing that most everyone did
was get a 9-5 job and get married and have children. So, this definitely
impacted me quite a bit and I found myself very confused about what I wanted to
do with my life. I was about to get engaged and told the man I was dating not to
buy the ring and left for Los Angeles four days later. So I was just about to
enter into that life that most everyone in my town lived. I thought about being
a dental hygienist, an airline stewardess, an editor at a publishing company. But,
it was that day when my boyfriend and I drove back from the jewelry store where
he almost bought that engagement ring that it all became very clear to me. I
sat in his truck and thought that I would rather die than live this life. And
that’s when I knew that something was very wrong about what I was doing. I have
never regretted the choice that I made – leaving that all behind to act. He and
I remain really good friends to this day.
you remember the first thing you auditioned for?
I am not really sure but it may have been a silent student film at The New York
Film Academy which I booked.
do you find the audition process? Would you say you still feel nervous when
making tapes and applying for roles?
I used to be very nervous when I first started auditioning. Now I really
sometimes only feel my nerves when it is for something that is very, very big
like a series regular role on a TV show.
latest project The Furnace, is out
this month. What is it about the premise/story of this film that drew you
to the project and how does it differ from the many other works you’ve been a
This is the first faith-based drama that I have ever done. I loved that it was
inspirational and does mention God but it doesn’t shove the concept down your
throat. It is so well-written in such a way that all people can relate to the
story, whether they believe in God or not. I also loved that it was a survival
film, which is one of my favorite sub-genres. I love stories about people who
are struggling to survive in nature.
preparations did you make for taking on such an emotionally demanding role?
The preparation for emotionally demanding roles is life-long. I pull from my
life experiences a lot of times to pull out that emotion when I’m acting. Regarding
the physical aspect of this role, I did a lot of research about those who live
with only one working lung and also looked into ultra-marathons and studied up
on those. I normally run and work out but I began running longer distances when
I booked this role to prepare myself for it.
did you find working with Oscar nominated director Darrell Roodt on the film?
Was there much collaboration between the two of you?
Darrell is kind, warm, funny, down-to-earth, honest, and truthful. He is truly
one of my most favorite people in the world. He is a very giving director and
he really pays attention to the acting. He also is very energetic and
enthusiastic. He really knows how to lead the crew. Darrell knows exactly what
he wants and has a clear vision. He
knows when he has the shot he wants and moves on rather than doing take after
take unnecessarily. Darrell was definitely open to collaboration and listened
to my ideas.
you have any particular standout memories or moments from the shoot?
Oh, there are so many. Shooting in this film was one of the best experiences of
my life. I remember when we shot the end of the film, a lot of the crew were
crying their eyes out and standing up and applauding as well. There were a lot
of emotional days like that on this set. I think the film touches anyone who
has experienced any type of heavy loss in their life, which is most
you had to sell this film to an audience in a few words – give them one reason
to go and see it – what would you say?
If you have ever suffered from any type of heartache in your life and felt that
it was difficult to go on, see this film.
got several projects in the pipeline for the coming year or so, is there
anything you can share about a couple of them?
I’m attached to about nineteen films as an actress and I am also producing
three feature films that I haven’t announced or spoken of publicly. One is a
true story, a military drama. The second one is an abuse story. The third is a
life of an actor/actress can be extremely demanding, so what do you do to
unwind after a hectic period of filming?
Sleep, sit in the sun with my dog, and eat popcorn if I am at home. Sometimes I
take a trip, usually to tropical destinations.
Travelling and photography are two of my hobbies.
advice would you give for actors and actresses just starting out? Have you ever
been given a piece of advice that you still reflect on, and which three traits
might you say someone needs to make it in such a cut-throat and demanding
Don’t believe the negativity that you hear and do not make that your reality. Do
not go into agreement with it. This is
very, very important. You create your own reality. I had a seasoned actress,
Alisha Seaton, tell me early on in my career that there is a fine line between
over-acting and under-acting and that you have to find that fine line in
between those two. I still think about that one and believe it is true. The
three traits someone needs to make it in this business are hard-working,
persistent, and brave. And I do want to make a comment about kindness. Kindness
goes a long way. No one likes a diva.
then, with a decade + in the industry behind you already, what would you like
to see happen for you in the next ten years? What goals and ambitions do you
want to achieve and, many years from now, what would you most like people to
say when looking back on your work and what you brought to the entertainment
I would like to be a series regular on a TV show and book work at that level
and on the level of big films on a regular basis. I would love if I am able to
give performances that move people and tell stories that change people’s lives.
I also want to have several poetry books released in the next ten years.
Check out the trailer for The Furnace below and to keep up to date with Jamie, you can follow her on Twitter.