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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Kelly Clarkson doesn't care what anyone thinks about her weight, not even Britain's "most hated woman."

The singer came under fire last month after showing off a fuller figure during an appearance on the British show Graham Norton Live.

Journalist and reality star Katie Hopkins, known as "the most hated woman in Britain," blasted Clarkson's size on Twitter.

"What happened to Kelly Clarkson?" Hopkins wrote on Feb. 20. "Did she eat all of her backing singers? Happily I have wide-screen."

She went on: "Darling, if you had a baby a year ago, that is not baby weight. It is fat. Quit calling it cute names to make yourself feel better."

Hopkins, who gained her reputation as the villain on The Apprentice UK, didn't leave it there.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday, she said, "Kelly Clarkson is now a chunky monkey, if we’re putting it kindly. She does look like she’s eaten her backup singers. My advice: she needs to get out there with her stroller and do some pushing and get some of that weight off."

Clarkson, who gave birth to daughter River Rose last June, was unfazed -- even puzzled -- by the fat-shaming comments when first asked about them by Heat magazine.

"I don't have a clue what you're talking about," she told the magazine. "Someone tweeted something about me?"

After the reporter explained who Hopkins is and what she'd said, Clarkson laughed.

"Oh, and she's tweeted something nasty about me? That's because she doesn't know me," she said. "I'm awesome! It doesn't bother me. It's a free world. Say what you will."

Added Clarkson, "I've just never cared what people think. It's more if I'm happy and I'm confident and feeling good. That's always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family -- I don't seek out any other acceptance."


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Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Say what?!

Martha Stewart is slated to roast Justin Bieber, 21, later this month for his Comedy Central special that airs later this month.

The mogul will join roastmaster Kevin Hart for the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, which also features Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and Shaquille O’Neal, according to a release on the network's website.

Hart recently dished to MTV on what to expect from the highly-anticipated roast.

"He'll be fine, that's a great friend of mine. I'm not going to be malicious, we'll throw a couple jabs here and there, but it's all about setting the tone," Hart told MTV News over the weekend. "It's all in fun."

Hart added that he's not trying to make the pop singer cry on his 21st birthday on March 30.

"We don't," he said. "[Almost crying] where his face shakes. I don't want to make him cry, I just want to make his face shake. Then, go 'I'm kidding Bieb.'"

The 21-year-old icon has been a good sport about the whole thing, even doing funny promos with him getting egged -- a poke at his trouble the last few years.

The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber premieres at 10 p.m. EST on March 30 on Comedy Central.


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Disney(NEW YORK) -- Cate Blanchett plays the wicked stepmother in the reboot of the film Cinderella, but when the two-time Academy Award winner was initially approached about the role, she had her doubts.

"When I was approached to be in this, I said, 'It wasn't a fairy tale that I actually gravitated towards,'" she admitted on Wednesday's Good Morning America. "Because I found the central female character really passive."

But Disney says this rendition of Cinderella isn't that. In this live-action retelling of the 1950 Disney animated classic, Cinderella is loving and kind, but also smart and in control of her own destiny.

Once she was on board, Blanchett enjoyed playing the villain, describing it as "fantastic." 

"We get socialized out of all these mean, cruel things so you kind of have this vicarious experience through the villain," Blanchett says.

Cinderella, starring Downton Abbey's Lily James in the title role and Game of Thrones' Richard Madden as the prince, opens in theaters March 13.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.


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ABC News(VENICE, Calif.) -- Harrison Ford was injured when the World War II-era single-engine plane he was piloting crashed on a golf course near Santa Monica, California.

Ford, 72, was forced to make an emergency landing at Penmar Golf Course, just west of Santa Monica Municipal Airport, at 2:20 p.m. PST on Thursday after the engine of the Ryan ST3KR plane he was flying failed, said NTSB and Los Angeles fire officials.

He was taken to a nearby hospital in "fair to moderate" condition, said Patrick Butler with the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Ford was "banged up" and receiving medical care, said his publicist, Ina Treciokas, who described the actor's injuries as non-life threatening.

Ford reported engine trouble shortly after taking off from Santa Monica Municipal Airport and asked for an immediate return to the airport, said NTSB investigator Patrick Jones. He then reported that his aircraft came up short of the runway, according to air traffic controller transmissions from LiveATC.net.

The vintage airplane that Ford was piloting clipped a tree before crashing, said Jones.

Elaine Miller told ABC station KABC-TV that the pilot was able to speak and "expressed that he was in pain." She and several others helped him out of the plane after it crashed.

"He had a significant head wound," said Miller. "He asked someone to hold his legs up, and people were just saying, 'you’re okay, the fire department is on its way,' and...once police and fire started to arrive, my friends and I sort of backed away and went to the other side of the course to give them room."

 



Carlos Gomez, who lives across the street from the golf course, described the plane crash as sounding like a boom.

"I hear a lot of ambulances and I come outside and see people from the golf course pull a man from the plane," he said. "He was moving his arms and legs. I was happy he was alive and not paralyzed."

Ford's son tweeted that his father was "battered, but ok!"

 

 



The NTSB will recover the airplane Friday, said Jones.

An avid pilot, Ford told ABC's Barbara Walters in 2008 that he "loved the freedom of flight."

"I love the places you go," he said. "I love the people in aviation, the people that I meet in aviation. I love seeing the world from an airplane. I'm in love with flying."

Ford survived a crash once before. He and a flight instructor crashed a helicopter near Van Nuys Airport in California in 1999, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Ford has worked to support general aviation with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and he presented a legacy award in his name to the president of the association in January.

Ford broke his leg on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII in June 2014 after a door crashed down on it. He had successful surgery following the incident.

 



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(NEW YORK) -- Season four of Mary Mary's hit self-titled WeTV reality show won't be like the last. Last year, the gospel duo took a break from creating music together, split from their longtime manager, and endured the death of their father. As if that wasn't enough, Tina Campbell revealed that her husband, American Idol drummer Teddy Campbell, was unfaithful to her. So why did the ladies keep cameras rolling?

"We had to come back because we believed that [if] we allowed to show the bad then you have to see the good," Erica Campbell tells ABC Radio. "I was like, 'Tina we have to do a season four because God has to show how he fixes things because he can fix things.' And if we would've just left it with season three you would've been left with all that devastation. We would not let that be the last thing that you remember."

Tina says that since learning of her husband's transgressions, the two have come a long way. Teddy re-proposes to Tina and the two renew their vows this season. "I'm appreciative for love again," she explains. "It's kind of just like a testament of wow, real love can really make it through something. To look back at it now, we're evolving. We're growing."

The ordeal has also helped Tina's career: she's decided to go solo with an album called It's Personal. If you recall last season, Erica went solo with her Grammy Award-winning album, Help, much to Tina's dismay. Tina explains why she decided to go solo after giving her sister a hard time.

"After dealing with the devastation of my marriage...[I had] to heal through that. While I'm trying to heal, the things that I'm using to heal I did not know that that was what I was going to be giving to the world," she explains. "It was just for me, it was for God, it was to encourage myself, it was to remind myself, it was to reflect and kind of keep moving forward."

Tina previewed one song on the album, which comes out in May. "Like this one song, it goes, 'This body is the temple of the Lord. This body is the temple of the Lord...' and it's like this chant," she describes. "I wrote a song telling myself that because I was using my hands for violence, I was using my mouth to kill people with it. My thoughts and everything were evil, violent, homicidal, suicidal."

Tina says she wrote so many songs and words of encouragement during her healing process that she's even coming out with a book, titled I Need a Day to Pray.

Whether the sisters come together to produce another Mary Mary album, Erica and Tina say you have to tune into their show. They also detailed what you can expect this season, such as "seeing what forgiveness looks like," Tina says, before adding, "trying to figure out what to do with the group."

Watch it all when Mary Mary returns Thursday at 10 p.m. ET/PT.


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