Surfer, shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton gets engaged
Bethany Hamilton, whose story of perseverance after losing an arm to a shark attack inspired the 2011 movie “Soul Surfer,” announced her engagement on Wednesday.
Hamilton, 23, will tie the knot with her boyfriend of one year, Christian youth minister Adam Dirks. The professional surfer wrote on her blog that the two met at the beach on “somewhat of a blind date” last spring, and that the first thing they did was jump off a cliff together. "You could say it was love at first cliff jump," wrote Hamilton.
Dirks popped the question on April 9, to which Hamilton replied with an enthusiastic "yes".
“I know Adam and I are right for each other and that God has us together for Him," Hamilton wrote on her blog. "Neither of us is perfect, but in my eyes Adam is just right and I'm thankful to have someone so perfectly perfect to share life with as one."
“Every time she says, ‘I love you,’ I can’t help but smile and skip a few heart beats,’’ Adam wrote in a guest post on her blog. “To feel the love of someone who genuinely loves me for who I am and am becoming, is indescribable.”
Hamilton was 13 years old when her left arm was severed in an attack by a tiger shark when she was surfing in the North Shore in Kauai, Hawaii
"I'm so thankful for [Adam] and look forward to living life together," wrote Hamilton. "Adam, I love you and I'm here to stay!"
Kristen Stewart Named 'Least Trusted Movie Star'
According to a “100 Most Trusted People in America
Reader’s Digest compiled a list of more than 200 American opinion shapers, leaders and headline makers from 15 highly influential professions and presented it to more than 1,000 Americans (a representative sample of adults living in the United States), asking them to rank each name on how trustworthy they thought each individual was. Trustworthiness was determined by “integrity and character, exceptional talent, drive to personal excellence, internal moral compass, message, honesty and leadership.”
According to their results, Stewart received the lowest trust score (24%) amongst all of the movie stars who made the list, despite her status as one of the highest-paid stars in Hollywood
And who’s the least trusted male star who made the list?
Tom Cruise, who scored just 27 percent.
Not surprisingly, popular celebs Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock received the highest scores (65% and 63% respectively), with Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep not trailing far behind (62% and 61%).
Mariah Carey, Beyonce, J. Lo Among 'Most Powerful Moms of 2013'
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They're glamorous, multi-talented, beautiful, powerful women who are adored by millions, but Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani have something else in common: they're all moms. In fact, they've just made Working Mother magazine's list of the 50 Most Powerful Moms of 2013.
Beyonce is ranked #5 on the magazine's list. The mother of one-year-old Blue Ivy is "arguably the hardest-working mom in show biz," writes the magazine, and details everything that Bey has done since giving birth: singing for the president, performing at the Super Bowl, releasing a documentary, kicking off a world tour and signing a $50 million endorsement deal with Pepsi. The magazine also refers to Beyonce as releasing "a new album, Mrs. Carter," but so far that hasn't happened. Oops.
In at #10 is Mariah, the mother of two-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan, or as her fans know them, "dem babies." The magazine praises Mariah for her burgeoning fragrance empire, as well as for her incredible record sales and her reported $18 million paycheck for American Idol.
Ex-American Idol judge J-Lo is #31 on the list. The mother of five-year-old twins Max and Emme is praised for being a singer, actress, dancer, producer and fashion mogul, as well as for her charity work to bring greater medical access to mothers in the developing world.
Gwen is included on the list at #48. Mother to 6-year-old Kingston and 4-year-old Zuma, Gwen balances taking care of her kids with her jobs as frontwoman of No Doubt, solo artist and fashion designer and mogul. The magazine notes that last year, Gwen told Vogue, "I am a mother. And if you don’t do it right, there are serious consequences.”