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Amid Ariana Grande dating rumors, Pete Davidson hits back at mental illness critics

Will Heath/NBCAriana Grande isn’t the only one using social media this week to hit back at unfair assumptions about her love life.

Ari's rumored new boyfriend, Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson, has refuted online criticism that he’s unable to maintain a relationship because of his mental illness. Davidson revealed last year that he was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.

“Normally I wouldn’t comment on something like this cause, like, f*** you,” he wrote on his Instagram Story. “But I been hearing a lot of ‘people with bpd can’t be in relationships’ talk. I just wanna let you know that’s not true.”

He added, “Just because someone has a mental illness does not mean they can’t be happy and in a relationship.”

Davidson continued, “It also doesn’t mean that person makes the relationship toxic. Everybody is different and there are a lot of treatments for mental illnesses and I have done/am doing all of them. And I encourage those who struggle to seek help as well it has changed my life for the better.”

He called out those who “stigmatize people as crazy,” saying, “I may be crazy but at least I’m aware of it and not afraid to be honest about it and I’m not hiding behind a Twitter or Instagram account.”

Rumors began swirling that Davidson and Ariana were dating following Ariana’s break-up with Mac Miller. Earlier this week, Ariana hit back at a Twitter user who seemingly blamed her for Mac's recent DUI and car accident.

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Justin Timberlake visits victim of Santa Fe school shooting in hospital

Sonia LopezAfter dedicating his Houston concert to the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting earlier this week, Justin Timberlake took time out of his schedule to visit one of the victims in the hospital Friday morning.

The student’s mother, Sonia Lopez, posted a photo from the visit on Facebook. Her daughter, Sarah Salazar, is seen smiling in her hospital bed as Justin kneels next to her.

Lopez captioned the photo, “Justin Timberlake visited Sarah Salazar this morning and brought her a gift.”

Further details of the visit have not yet been revealed.

On Wednesday night in Houston, Justin paid tribute to the victims and survivors of the tragedy, wearing a “Santa Fe Strong” t-shirt on stage as he sang his song “Until the End of Time.”

Ten people were killed and 10 were injured last Friday after a 17-year-old gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, located between Galveston and Houston. The suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzis [di-MI-tree-ohs pag-OR-cheez], has been charged with capital murder and is being held without bail.

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Happy anniversary: Rihanna celebrates arrival of debut single, "Pon De Replay"

Getty Images via ABCBelieve it or not, Rihanna's debut single "Pon de Replay," is 13 years old. 

The celebrated singer shared the anniversary news on Instagram Thursday, writing, "13 years ago. day #1 pon.de.replay."  

"Pon De Replay" comes from RiRi's debut album Music of the Sun, which was released in 2005. 

The dancehall/dance-pop track reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart that year and was certified two times platinum in 2012. 

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Lady Gaga stages surprise concert at New York's Gramercy Park Hotel

Image Group LA/ABCA bar full of New Yorkers got treated to a surprise Lady Gaga concert Thursday night.

According to the New York Post’s Page Six, the singer performed an impromptu set at the Rose Bar at Gramercy Park Hotel.

“First she came and was having drinks with friends and there was a five-piece jazz band playing in front of the fireplace,” a witness tells Page Six. “She got up and did about three or four songs.”

The source says Gaga performed “a lot of covers” before taking a short break. Then, she came back and did “another three or four songs.”

While the concert may have been unexpected for those in attendance, Gaga seemed dressed for the stage. She wore a red gown with dramatic ruffles and black elbow-length gloves, and her blonde hair was done up in a fancy up-do.

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"The very values we fought for are under threat": former U.S. Marine Shaggy speaks out on Memorial Day Weekend

ABC/Paula LoboThis Memorial Day Weekend, let's salute a chart-topping pop star who actually saw battlefield combat: Shaggy

Mr. Boombastic served during the first Persian Gulf War as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.  He says that's why he has a right to use his platform as a musician to speak out about current issues.  For example, on The Late Late Show with James Corden, he used his hit "It Wasn't Me" to poke fun at President Trump and the Russia investigation.

"I fought for this country," Shaggy tells ABC Radio. "I'm a vet...[and] the very values that we fought for are under threat."

"You look at what's going on right now, the political times that we're in, there's nothing beautiful about it," he continues. "And there's a lot of people that feel the way I feel. I should basically use the music as a platform to voice my opinion, to start some sorta conversation, to be a voice for the voiceless."

Shaggy's also used his music over the years to entertain his fellow soldiers, performing for the USO in Bosnia and Germany.  He laughs, "We were supposed to go to Afghanistan, but...they started to bomb it a little bit when we were going there so they figured it wasn't a good idea!"

Shaggy spent Friday morning performing in New York's Central Park with Sting, as part of Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series -- the two will tour the U.S. together this fall in support of their new joint album 44/876.  But Shaggy says observing Memorial Day is very important to him.

"Oh it's big time, " he tells ABC Radio. "I'm actually leaving this evening to go play for the veterans in Miami, if the weather permits.  Yeah, I'm big on that."

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Ed Sheeran announces Snow Patrol, Anne-Marie and Lauv joining him on tour

Greg WilliamsEd Sheeran has picked the supporting acts for his upcoming North American stadium tour.

The trek, which kicks off in August, will feature special guests Snow Patrol on all dates, Anne-Marie from August through September, and Lauv from October through November.

Anne-Marie and Lauv have both joined Ed on tour before, with Anne-Marie supporting him on the European leg of his Divide tour last year and Lauv joining him for the tour’s Asian leg. Anne-Marie and Ed also collaborated on her new single, “2002.”

It only makes sense that Snow Patrol would join the tour as well. Ed has long been pals with the band. Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid co-wrote Ed’s hit “Shape of You,” among others.

The North American Divide tour starts August 18 in Pasadena, California and wraps November 10 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Adam Levine and James Corden get pulled over by police in latest "Carpool Karaoke"

Terence Patrick/CBS Broadcasting, Inc. Adam Levine joined James Corden on a car ride through Los Angeles on The Late Late Show's latest edition of "Carpool Karaoke" on Thursday, and the two had a run-in with the law. 

While belting Maroon 5's sultry "She Will Be Loved," they were interrupted by police sirens. The officer shouted from the window that he wanted Levine to sing him a song. When Corden pulled over, the officer pulled up beside them and just told the two to be careful.

Levine kept his cool, but Corden had a full-fledged panic attack. 

"I completely panicked to my absolute core," he said. 

That didn't stop the two from continuing to sing some of Maroon 5's biggest hits, including "Sugar," "Moves Like Jagger," and the band's latest single, "Wait."

During the joyride, Levine told Corden that he is a born and raised Angelino but doesn't want his daughters growing up sounding like Los Angeles stereotypes. If his daughters did, Levine said he would tell them, "You sound like a f***ing moron. Don't do that."

Levine also told Corden that he loves to race cars, so Corden took him to the racetrack to have a friendly competition -- despite the officer's warning earlier. 

Corden drove the track pretty sloppily at full speed, driving onto the grass a number of times. But, when Levine got in the driver's seat he had an added obstacle: Corden asked him a series of general knowledge questions. 

"Who is the queen married to?" Corden screamed over the screeching tires.

"The king."

"What school does Harry Potter attend?"

"I'm not a f***ing nerd, so I don't know," Levine quipped. 

Maroon 5 kicks off their tour May 30. The Late Late Show with James Corden airs weeknights on CBS.

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