‘I Don’t Have To Keep Hiding This’: Teen Mom 2’s Leah Is Talking About Her Struggles With Addiction

Leah confessed in a preview of Teen Mom 2 that she “was addicted to pain medication” — and during this week’s episode, the mother of three elaborated on her painful past and why she was ready to be open about her experience.

“I’ve been working really hard writing a book about my life,” Leah said about her memoir Hope, Grace & Faith. “Even though so much of my past has played out on TV, there’s a lot that I haven’t dealt with publicly.”

She revealed that this was about hiding her addiction, and five years ago (the time of her struggle), she was afraid of “what the repercussions would be.”

“I was scared that I would have this big ‘addict’ on my forehead and everyone perceiving every little thing that I did was because I was an addict,” she stated. “I was afraid of the way that I would be looked at. I was afraid Corey would still be able to use it against me in court. It’s nothing that I should be ashamed of, so I want others to own their stories.”

Speaking of the twins’ dad, Leah claims that Corey didn’t provide the support that she needed, but it “played a big part” in her relationship with Jeremy.

“When I told Jeremy what was in my book, he was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I cannot believe you are putting literally everything in this book,'” Leah stated in a diary cam. “While I was battling with addiction, I was still married to Jeremy, and I understand that it was even hard for him. Then he went and talked about me behind my back to everyone else about me being an addict and not even to me. I love Jeremy, but damn. I think he sees it differently now.”

Leah also admitted that when she was in the hospital for Addie’s birth, she was on morphine for five days — and was already addicted to the medication.

“Now I am okay with talking about this,” she bravely said. “I don’t have to keep hiding this sh*t.”

If you or a friend is struggling with addiction, head to for ways to get help. And be sure to keep watching Leah’s remarkable Teen Mom 2 journey every Tuesday at 8/7c.

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Jordan Kristine Seamón Found Herself — And Italy — In We Are Who We Are

By Alex Gonzalez

At 17, Jordan Kristine Seamón has already built an impressive résumé. You may know her as Caitlin Poythress on HBO’s coming-of-age series We Are Who We Are, but beyond acting, Seamón has many talents. That includes her chameleonic ability to adapt to new surroundings, as with her chosen city of Atlanta, where she moved six years ago after growing up in Philadelphia.

“There are no sidewalks in my development,” Seamón tells MTV News, “and I have a dog now, so when I have to walk my dog, I have to walk in the middle of the street. I miss sidewalks and I miss the hustle and bustle that you hear every night. I need noise to go to sleep. It’s very quiet here, and I miss noise.”

Although she has grown to love Atlanta’s green, hilly parks and active art scene, Seamón finds herself missing Philly whenever she’s out walking her corgi puppy, Nova. Still, both cities are far from the Northern Italian vistas where director Luca Guadagnino — who also helmed Call Me By Your Name — shot Who Are Who We Are, a series following a group of teenagers living on an American military base abroad. Prior to landing the role of Caitlin, a 14-year-old daughter of a conservative soldier grappling with a newfound queer identity, Seamón had never traveled outside of the United States. Over the course of a six-month production, Seamón became well-acquainted with the local culture.

“It was very new,” Seamón says, “and I enjoyed learning the Italian language and just in general, being in Padova, where we stayed, and Chioggia and Bagnoli di Sopra, where we shot most of the series.”

To get there, Seamón’s mother, Felicia, whom she affectionately calls her “momager,” first found a posting for the role of Caitlin on a casting site and encouraged her to audition for the role. She’d known since age 6 that she wanted to be an entertainer; originally, she wanted to be a singer. By 10, she had joined local theater troupes, where directors told her she “wasn’t that bad,” so she decided to explore both.

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As a child, she starred in local productions of plays like Lord, Why Did You Make Me Black?, Marching to Freedomland, and Next Actor Please. (No, they’re not on Vimeo — at least she hopes.) Her debut EP, an experimental mashup of hip-hop and bedroom pop called Untitled, was released in 2018 under the moniker J.K., her first and middle initials. A full, pop-oriented album called Identity Crisis followed this year, just before the September 14 premiere of We Are Who We Are. Her songs explored love, heartache, and mental health through upbeat R&B and were mostly written while filming the series in Italy. “I’m growing up and I’m still trying to figure out who I am and who I wanna be and where I fit in the world,” Seamón says.

After submitting self-audition tapes from home, she flew to California to meet with Guadagnino and co-star Jack Dylan Grazer, who determined she fit perfectly with them and the rest of the series cast, including Kid Cudi and Chloë Sevigny. She learned that she’d landed the extraordinary role while in an extremely ordinary location. “I got a call about a week later while I was driving through McDonald’s, and they told me that I got the role. And I screamed at the girl taking my order.”

She brought that enthusiasm to her onscreen portrayal of Caitlin, a teen who explores her gender identity throughout the season’s arc. She adopts a male alter-ego named Harper when she goes to a coffee shop and meets a young lady. Seamón, who herself is bisexual and gender-fluid, says her experience with her identity was similar in the ways she explored it — she rocks short hair, like Caitlin, and expresses herself through androgynous fashion — though she recognizes how fortunate she was to have grown up with understanding family and friends.

“I think Caitlin is having the exact same thing, with trying to figure out gender identity,” Seamón says. “But because Caitlin’s on a military base, the only access she really has is the internet and [Grazer’s character] Fraser.”

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In one particularly shocking scene in the season’s fifth episode, Caitlin expresses curiosity about anatomy different from her own. When Fraser is peeing, she asks if she can hold his penis as he stands in front of the toilet.

“When I read the script,” Seamón says. “I looked at my mom and was like, ‘I don’t know, I think we might have to cut that scene out. I don’t know how they plan on shooting that, because I refuse.’ But then once Luca expressed, ‘Oh no, you’re not actually gonna have to do anything, it’s just the top half,’ I was like, ‘Oh, OK, no problem. I can do that.’ It was just funny to me, because I didn’t understand, but after actually shooting the scene and learning the meaning behind it — Caitlin trying to see what it’s like to have [a penis] — it’s just curiosity. Every kid has that moment where you’re just curious.”

The following scene, Caitlin sticks hair shavings onto her face, as a means to create the appearance of having facial hair. She quickly realizes she won’t be happy unless she shaves her entire head. In a tender moment evocative of their burgeoning friendship, Fraser begins cutting off the lower half of Caitlin’s hair, then proceeds to remove the rest. Seamón says that the lower half was made up of extensions, but everything else was her actual hair.

“I really just wanted to scream,” Seamón says. “You can see Jack is staying in character, as if Fraser just told Caitlin to quiet down, because I am actually screaming. I forgot that we were filming a TV show for a hot minute, but then once you see the cameras, you remember. But it was very thrilling and very exciting.”

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Seamón’s parents have been supportive of how she expresses herself — after filming this scene, Seamón says her mom shaved her head in solidarity — as well as her creative endeavors throughout her life. In 2018, she and her father published a coloring book called Daddy’s Big Secret: Jordan Learns the Truth. In the series, however, Cailtin’s dad, Richard (played by Kid Cudi), was chagrined when he first saw a bald Caitlin. He yells at her and forbids her from hanging out with Fraser.

Seamón assures us that Cudi couldn’t be more unlike his conservative, Trump-supporting character.“It was difficult whenever we had scenes where we had to be kind of mad at each other or just not super happy,” Seamón says, “because we have so much fun together. He is the best TV dad ever.”

Though Seamón grew up listening to Cudi’s music, she did not know what he looked like until production began on We Are Who We Are.“When I first met him, I didn’t know he was Kid Cudi,” Seamón says. “He introduced himself as Scott, so I was like, ‘Oh, nice to meet you Scott, cool.’ But once I found out he was Kid Cudi, I was like ‘Oh my god, I loved that guy in middle school.’ That was my music. Like, it was all I listened to.”

In We Are Who We Are’s sixth episode, Fraser imagines him and Caitlin re-enacting Blood Orange’s “Time Will Tell” video by singing and replicating its choreography clad in white before a grand piano. Seamón says that despite the challenging work she and Grazer put in to perfect the dance in over “two or three days” and film it in over 10 takes, this was one of her favorite scenes to film.

“I don’t say I’m a dancer,” Seamón says, “I think I can dance, I can hold the beat in a rhythm, but I don’t classify myself as a dancer. I don’t classify myself as an actor, really. But that’s another story for another time.”

Seamón currently lives with her parents in Atlanta, and they have already binged the entire series, though they also watch it together every Monday night on HBO. Although her parents are fans of the show, Seamón still feels awkward watching some scenes with them.“Some parts I just turn away,” Seamón says. “Even though we’re all super, super comfortable with one another and we’re all mature, I’m still like, ‘OK, I don’t wanna watch myself kiss someone else.’ It feels weird. I cringe.”

The series wraps on November 2, and though there’s no word on future episodes, Seamón is on board to return. As the show’s first season takes place in 2016, Seamón hopes for a time jump in a hypothetical second season. “I feel like we’ve all grown a lot since the show,” Seamón says, “so I would like to see what the characters are doing in a couple years’ time.”

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‘There’s A Lot To Be Said’: Kailyn Reveals The Truth About Her Teen Mom 2 Pregnancy

Kailyn confessed that she was dealing with “a lot of things privately” at the onset of tonight’s Teen Mom 2 episode. She painfully said she had let “toxic” people stay in her life for too long and that she “lost herself” in the process. And during the show’s final moments, Kail revealed her “private issue” had now become public.

“Chris’ aunt decided to post a photo of my ultrasound on social media, which obviously went viral,” Kail said as footage of the reports claiming she was expecting her fourth child were shown. “I haven’t really said anything publicly about it.”

Then she confirmed her life-changing news: “I’m pregnant.” She continued that she had not spoken with him and that he has “been in and out of jail.”

“I know that people have a ton of questions, and they’re wondering how I could have gone back to someone like that. And I think there’s a lot to be said that I haven’t really talked about,” she explained, while tearing up. “And a relationship where domestic violence is there and where, um, it’s just really toxic. So I’m still trying to figure that stuff out.”

Kail concluded that Chris won’t be “included in anything.”

“Going into this one knowing that he won’t be there at all is really scary,” Kail said.

Watch Kailyn’s fourth pregnancy progress every Teen Mom 2 Tuesday at 8/7c.

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These Young Poll Workers Are Volunteering Because ‘Every Single Vote Matters’

By De Elizabeth

Four years ago, Stormie Conn was 16. Unable to participate in the presidential election that November, she found herself frustrated by the inability to tap into the collective power of voting, especially when she learned of the results. “I went to school the next day and all my friends were sobbing in the hallway,” she recalls. “I felt so hopeless. I promised myself that next time around, I would do everything I could.”

Today, Conn is making good on that promise. With her early vote already submitted, she’s turned her focus on volunteering as a poll worker on Election Day, where she will assist her fellow Omaha, Nebraska, residents with casting their ballots efficiently and safely. “I saw a lot of my friends on Twitter talk about becoming poll workers and encouraging others to join them,” Conn explains, adding that she was inspired to sign up as well. After participating in a series of online training sessions and watching informational videos, the 20-year-old was approved as a volunteer. “Doing my part makes me feel like I’m helping out in some small way.”

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At this particular juncture in U.S. history, poll workers are needed more than ever. “Recruiting enough poll workers is especially critical this year as traditionally older poll workers are staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” explains Scott Duncombe, co-director of Power the Polls, a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at enlisting a new wave of poll workers, particularly focusing on a young and diverse population. Having an inclusive group of poll workers is important because it allows voters of various identities to feel represented while at the polling site. “Poll workers are essential to ensuring our elections are safe, fair, and accessible,” Duncombe adds. “Without enough poll workers, voters could face long lines at polling places; polling places can even close due to a shortage of poll workers.”

The responsibilities of poll workers could vary depending on the needs of specific polling sites, but volunteers might be expected to help voters check in and understand their ballots, while also enforcing safety guidelines such as social distancing and maintaining the cleanliness of machines and equipment. Since launching in June 2020, Power the Polls has seen an enormous surge in signups; according to Duncombe, nearly 700,000 volunteers have signed up as of mid-October. “This momentum has been built by young people who are raising their hands to help their communities,” he adds. “We’ve heard a range of reasons that inspired these new recruits, but the core theme is wanting to protect their community, their democracy, and their older family members who are more at risk of COVID.”

That’s exactly what motivated Alyssa Kaplan to volunteer as a poll worker in New York City. The 27-year-old, who runs a small business called The Scrunchie Club, tells MTV News that she’s always been passionate about voting, but the events of 2020 have intensified her drive. “This summer, I was reading about how many poll workers are elderly or immunocompromised and wouldn’t be able to work the polls as usual, which inspired me to apply,” she explains. According to the Pew Research Center, the majority of poll workers in past elections have been over 60. During the 2018 midterms, for example, 58 percent of U.S. poll workers were 61 and older, with 27 percent over 70. As older adults are at a higher risk for COVID-19 complications, volunteering is not necessarily safe for those who might have been poll workers in years past. “The consequences have already been felt in recent primaries where poll worker shortages led to long lines and the closure of polling places,” Duncombe adds. “Washington, D.C., lost 1,700 election workers during its primary in early June. Similarly, Kentucky consolidated in-person voting in each county to a single polling place during the primary due to poll worker recruitment concerns.”

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An ongoing pandemic is not the only issue that makes 2020 such a unique election year. Over the past few months, President Trump has repeatedly insinuated that he might not commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he were to lose, and he has made several false or misleading claims about voter fraud and the legitimacy of mail-in ballots. Add in reports of unauthorized ballot boxes and accusations of voter suppression, and you have the perfect storm for undermining election integrity. These factors have given Amanda Jacobsmeyer a sense of “existential dread,” which she’s chosen to manifest into action by signing up to be a poll worker.

“Volunteering has given me a small sense of control, like I am at least doing everything I can in my sphere,” the 27-year-old New York City resident says. “We’ve heard our whole lives how younger people are the least likely to show up for civic engagement, but I think this year has created a very unique opportunity for us to prove that wrong. We are going to be the generation most affected by the outcome of this election.”

According to Duncombe, poll workers help preserve election integrity in a multitude of ways by ensuring that in-person voting is safe and accessible. “This is critical for communities without reliable access to mail service, voters with disabilities, those who need language assistance, or for voters who simply want to cast their ballot in-person as they always have,” he adds. “We’re doing everything we can to ensure communities across the entire country have enough poll workers for a safe, timely, fair, and accessible election.”

While it’s hard to know exactly what Election Day will bring, poll workers are bracing for exhaustion. The U.S. has already seen record numbers of early votes, and experts predict that the country could have the highest number of total voter turnout in decades. Kaplan says she anticipates extremely long lines at her local polling place, as she learned during her training that lines were substantial in 2016. “I’m required to be there at 5 a.m., and won’t be leaving until at least 16 hours later.”

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Jacobsmeyer is also preparing to arrive at her polling place early and knows she won’t be heading home until 10 p.m. at the earliest. “I anticipate working at the check-in desk where I’ll be looking each voter up and then handing them their ballots,” she says, adding that her training taught her about the functionality of voting machine equipment and how to be sure that every ballot is accounted for.

Where there are long lines, there are likely to be impatient voters. This is something Conn is mentally preparing to deal with, and already has a script prepared for motivating folks to remain in line. “Think about how important this election is to the future of our country,” she plans to tell them, adding: “Every single vote matters.”

Ultimately, the belief in the collective power of voting is what brings many election volunteers together and motivates them to continue pressing onward. “I think we are all starting to understand that our vote is vital in holding the people who are supposed to be working for us accountable,” Jacobsmeyer says, adding that folks who might have previously been feeling disenfranchised are now feeling more inspired to get involved. “Protesting, contacting our representatives, voting with our dollars, and things like that are really powerful and important, but showing up on Election Day allows us to raise our voices in a way that [politicians] are constitutionally not allowed to ignore.”

Kaplan adds that the importance of voting was instilled within her at a young age, crediting her politically motivated parents for those values. “Voting is one of the easiest mechanisms we have, as citizens, to shape this country’s future,” she says. “It’s a privilege to be eligible to vote, and it’s one that we shouldn’t take for granted.”

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Sneak Peek: Camryn’s Baby Daddy Just Got Some Very ‘Bad News’ On 16 And Pregnant

Camryn is 35 weeks 16 and pregnant — and her boyfriend Cam just got some “bad news” right before their new addition arrives.

“As of right now, I did lose my job today due to the coronavirus,” the soon-to-be dad discloses in the sneak peek, above, of tonight’s installment. “I don’t know how we’re going to have the money to pay for the diapers and formula. I do hope that the baby shower still happens. I hope everything goes well, I really do.”

How does Camryn react to this difficult financial setback? And is she currently employed during her third trimester? Watch the clip, and do not miss Camryn’s 16 and Pregnant story tonight at 9/8c.

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16 And Pregnant Catch-Up: Have Maddie And Her Mom Mended Their Relationship?

Maddie distanced herself from her mom Crystal when she was 16 and pregnant — and right after the teen welcomed daughter Kaezleigh, she moved out with her newborn. Fast-forward about eight months: Have relations improved between Maddie and Crystal, and how would the former describe their status today?

“We’re just trying to start over,” Maddie divulged in the catch-up video above. “There’s been a lot of talks between her and me. In the show, I just didn’t know how to stand up for anybody, let alone myself. I was very depressed, and I let everybody walk all over me. Now I’m starting to stand up more for myself and obviously my family. I think she’s starting to realize that, and she’s starting to respect me and Korey’s relationship a lot more.”

And speaking of Maddie’s baby daddy — how are Baby K’s parents getting along? And are they still together? Watch the entire clip, and do not miss a brand-new 16 and Pregnant tale tomorrow night at 9/8c.

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Whoa, Nelly! Turns 20: How Nelly Furtado Took Flight

By Alex Gonzalez

Twenty years ago, a 21-year-old singer from Canada stepped onto the scene with her debut single, “I’m Like a Bird.” At the time of its release, Nelly Furtado didn’t know the song would be a big radio hit. Her folky, coffee house style and sound was different from that of the Britneys and the Christinas of the time, but she knew “I’m Like a Bird” was something special.

“I’m Like a Bird” led Furtado’s debut album, Whoa, Nelly!, released October 24, 2000. Like the majority of the album, it was produced by songwriting pair Brian West and Gerald Eaton of Canadian band The Philosopher Kings. When Furtado first wrote the song, Eaton and West weren’t sure if it would fit in with the rest of the record.

“She just had it on guitar, and it was sort of a simple, folky song,” Eaton tells MTV News. “I think Brian and I wrote a bridge with her, but it wasn’t until the production of that song that we knew we had something special. We all found it a little bit too ‘happy’ for this cool, fresh album we were trying to make, so we were a little bit skeptical of it at first. But when the production came together, and we got that sort of hip-hop bounce groove, that’s when we started getting really excited.”

The song went on to peak at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and win the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance award at the 44th Grammy Awards in 2002. It also caught the attention of Timbaland, who eventually worked with Furtado on her 2006 album, Loose. “I knew she was different,” Timbaland tells MTV News. “That video was different at the time. I just thought she had a unique style and always thought that me and her could mesh.”

Back in Toronto, Furtado, Eaton, and West weren’t expecting such a grand reception. “We didn’t really imagine that it would be a pop success,” West tells MTV News. “We hoped that things would go well, but we were kind of thinking it would be this tastemaker album that would be played in, like, Urban Outfitters. We thought we were way more hipster than we were.”

West and Eaton first encountered Furtado circa 1997 at a Toronto nightclub showcase called Honey Jam, an all-female musical showcase also known for launching the careers of Melanie Fiona and Jully Black. At the time, Eaton and West had released three albums with The Philosopher Kings, but were wanting to get more into the production side of music.

When they first saw Furtado perform, West remembers Eaton being blown away by the sincerity of Furtado’s delivery. “The girls [onstage] would have sing-offs and rap-offs,” West says, “and she was the only one that had her own material.” West and Eaton’s manager insisted that they talk to Furtado, who then signed a production deal with them.

In the early stages of recording Whoa, Nelly!, West, Eaton and Furtado cut tracks in West’s small attic apartment, set up with a sampler, a keyboard, a computer, and a guitar. The trio made three demo tracks before Furtado caught the attention of the now-defunct Dreamworks Records.

West estimates that the album took “close to two years, from beginning to end” to record, and that they recorded “half of the album in Toronto, and the other half in L.A.” Eaton recalls working on the album’s opening track “Hey, Man!,” which samples Kronos Quartet’s “White Man Sleeps,” over the course of a month.

“We had that string sample, and there was a lot of blending of genres,” Eaton says. “We mixed it all together and it tried to make it sound contemporary and fresh. It just took a lot of time to get that balance right.”

Another cut, “Shit on the Radio (Remember the Days),” alludes to Furtado’s early days as an underground artist. Lyrically, the song is about the disapproval she received from her friends in the Toronto underground music scene as she began to receive more mainstream attention.

“We had a process where we would make one song for the masses,” Eaton says. “We would try to make it a little more commercially accessible. And then we would respond to that one song with another song that we would make for ourselves. We would try to push the envelope of edginess and freshness and just stuff that we’ve never heard before. We didn’t necessarily like the stuff that was playing on the radio. We just thought there was a lot of crap on the radio and we were like, let’s try to get something on the radio that’s really cool. We always set out to get our stuff on the radio. [The album] wasn’t like an artsy project, where we just wanted to make it for ourselves and for a small group of people.”

The song “Baby Girl” showcases Furtado’s ability and affinity for improvisation. While it was never officially released as a single, nor did it chart in the U.S., “Baby Girl” became famous for Furtado’s “ba-da-ba-pa ching ching ching” ad-lib in the chorus. Two years later, Timbaland sampled her vocalization for the chorus of rapper Ms. Jade’s “Ching Ching” and produced a remix of Whoa, Nelly!’s second single, “Turn Off the Light,” along with Ms. Jade. Timbaland also enlisted Furtado for a remix of Missy Elliott’s “Get Ur Freak On,” which appears on the soundtrack to Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

“Nelly had a style that was different from Missy’s, but had similarities at the same time,” Timbaland says. “They both were risk takers, and I think my production is risk-taking in itself. I put crickets in songs and I put crazy things in records.”

Timbaland, West, and Eaton all note that Furtado is an exceptional songwriter. West says that before he, Eaton, and Furtado recorded Whoa, Nelly!, Furtado planned to return to school to study to become a writer.

“She has this lyricism that I think is a lot deeper than other songwriters’,” West says.

Today, Furtado is a very private person. She makes very rare posts on Twitter and Instagram and she hasn’t released an album in almost four years. A new extended edition of Whoa, Nelly! (released October 23) contains dance remixes of some of her album cuts, as well as live performances and tracks left over from the recording sessions.

Timbaland, West, and Eaton all say that if there were an opportunity to work with her again, they would be on board.

Furtado has much experimented with her sound since the days of “I’m Like a Bird.” Her most recent album, the John Congleton-produced The Ride, shows a more minimalistic, stripped-back side, as heard on icy tunes like “Pipe Dreams.” Ever since rocking her Adidas shell toes and her big hoop earrings in the “I’m Like a Bird” video 20 years ago, she’s never been afraid to take risks, even as her sound has evolved.

“Nelly knows what she wants to say, when it comes to artistry,” Timbaland says. “She’s one of the best to ever do it, especially when it comes to studio sessions. She really gives it her all. She’s very poised in the studio and plays no games.”

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Harry Styles Is A One-Man Italian Vacation In Dazzling ‘Golden’ Video

Harry Styles is on the run.

In the dazzling new visual for “Golden,” the cruising-through-the-hills lead track from his 2019 sophomore album, Fine Line, Styles runs and drives away from… something. But it doesn’t quite matter what’s after Harry, does it? The mere vision of him in a billowing white blouse, pumping legs, and lip-synching to the tune is enough to inspire dozens of mood boards. Summer is gone, and it’s quite cold now. But “Golden” can keep us warm.

With one gloved white hand gripping the steering wheel of a luxury auto and the other running through his windblown mane as he cruises through Italian hills, Styles owns the frame. It’s funny how little it requires for a Harry Styles music video — if you have the star himself, you’re 90 percent there.

Indeed, Styles’s second era has had no shortage of blockbuster music videos. Previously, he went shirtless for “Lights Up,” starred in a fishing town parable for “Adore You,” got swallowed by the sea for “Falling,” and threw a (much-needed) beachy fruit orgy for “Watermelon Sugar.” If these visuals map out a journey, “Golden” puts us squarely on holiday. And we deserve it!

The early tease for this video included a shot of Styles in a yellow fishing hat, standing shirtless in front of water. It’s one of the key images of the full clip, though there’s plenty of underwater swimming shots as well — get your screenshot fingers ready!

Watch the heavenly “Golden” video above.

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First Look: The Jersey Shore Cast ‘Rented The Whole Hotel’ For This Family Vacation

The Jersey Shore gang “rented the whole hotel!” for their upcoming family vacation. And in the first look at Season 4, premiering on November 19, sh*t’s going to “get a little crazy” with some familiar faces. And Vinny isn’t too happy about one person joining the gang.

“You told him to come?” he asks about the one and only Uncle Nino. Wonder if Uncle Nino packed his Speedo…

Meanwhile, which Double Shot at Love lady makes a quick cameo? And what does Angelina have to say about her relationship with the girls? Watch the clip above, and do not miss the premiere of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation on Thursday, November 19 at 8/7c!

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Twice’s Eyes Wide Open Is A Journey Through Time And Space

By Lai Frances

During 2017’s Twicetober, the annual month-long tribute when fans celebrate Twice’s debut, the idols released their first studio album, Twicetagram, and celebrated their second anniversary. A plethora of accomplishments later — including seven Korean chart-topping EPs, handfuls of hits in Japan, a world tour with arenas and domes sold out across Asia and North America, all while breaking their own records in the Korean and Japanese markets and dominating the Hallyu wave — Asia’s best-selling girl group welcomes their fifth Twicetober with new clarity and a sparkling second album, Eyes Wide Open, out today (October 26).

It all began in October 2015 when Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu were officially introduced as Twice on the reality competition show Sixteen; the group under JYP Entertainment was named to make an impact “once through the ears, and once through the eyes,” to capture fans — named “Once” — with their catchy hits and lethal beauty. Their debut single, “Like Ooh-Ahh,” was a melodic pop song with hints of percussion, perfectly matching the nonet’s wild and edgy visual concept, which was marked by smoky eye makeup and camo-printed looks. Six months later, the group flipped the switch, sporting jerseys and varsity jackets for their contagious dance hit “Cheer Up,” which skyrocketed them to fame. Its lyrics (“Shy, shy, shy”) became a viral meme, and the release earned the group the coveted award for Song of the Year at Mnet’s Asian Music Awards (MAMA).

Hit after hit after hit, from “TT” to “Signal” (2017 MAMA Song of the Year) to “What Is Love?” (2018 MAMA Song of the Year), Twice have matured through their music. With bubbly songs about having crushes and grooving on a beach (“Likey,” “Dance the Night Away”), Twice began to explore a more intimate, sensual side with “More & More,” released earlier this year in partnership with Republic Records. It showcased a refreshing range in sound as they tackled Latin-inspired rhythms (“Firework”), new jack swing (“Sweet Summer Day”), bass-heavy beats (“Make Me Go”), and tropical pop all in one project. Meanwhile, they projected to fans positive messages about the importance of caring for one’s mental health when they supported Mina, and recently Jeongyeon, in taking hiatuses. This was encapsulated in the 2019 track “Feel Special.”

Eyes Wide Open comes through with a burst of energy as the bigger, bolder sister of More & More. Releasing with three distinct album covers, in one case taking inspiration from ’90s fashion magazines, it embodies Twice all grown up. The 13 tracks take listeners on a sonic journey through space and time, spanning ’80s American retro, Japanese city pop (“Say Something“), and contemporary R&B while brazenly plunging into the depths of love and lust (“Hell in Heaven”), breakups (“Handle It”), and finding one’s confidence (“Go Hard,” “Queen”). The collection proves Twice to be a force to be reckoned with, showcasing each members’ abilities to vocally and visually adapt to challenge genres and concepts. The group (minus Jeongyeon, who assures fans she is doing well while on a break), speaks to MTV News about blossoming into Eyes Wide Open.

MTV News: First off, congratulations on your fifth anniversary and your second album. It’s been three years since Twicetagram followed by a handful of EPs. What can we expect with this comeback and the second album? 

Nayeon: This is the second full album which is coming out after three years since Twicetagram, and we participated in this album more than before, like more than previous albums. So I’m really looking forward to Once liking this album as we invested lots of time and also the content involved.

Sana: The team reflected on our ideas, especially when we put in our opinions on the visual mood. So we also had a say in the outfits added in this music video.

Jihyo: With this album, many of the members have joined in writing the lyrics. We always joined as lyricists, but this time there are lots of tracks, meaning more members have joined to write the lyrics for other tracks, too. Our title track, “I Can’t Stop Me,” has a retro-synth sound with the message of trying to find the balance between the good and the bad of our uncontrollable desires.

MTV News: Is there a song Once should look out for in the new album? 

Dahyun: There’s a song I wrote called “Queen” that includes the lyrics to just show yourself as you are. The second is the track called “Bring It Back,” and this captures the feeling of going after what you want. That includes a very strong mood.

Chaeyoung: There’s a track called “Handle It” that contains the message of trying not to acknowledge being apart from each other or breaking up. It contains the rage about breaking up. I don’t think we’ve ever done a song that carried this kind of vibe before.

MTV News: How was it like receiving a song written by R&B songstress Heize and a song composed by Dua Lipa?

Chaeyoung: It was great to work on songs with them! We have continued to be blown away by both the artists’ careers and music, and agree that their songs are amazing. It is great to have their names on our new songs, and we are looking forward to fans hearing them. The songs are awesome.

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MTV News: You’ve also typically included fan songs for Once, as well. Are there any of those like “One in a Million” and “21:29”?

Nayeon: Similar to “21:29,” there’s a song called “Depend on You.” So that could be considered this new album’s fan song.

MTV News: For personal reasons and science, any plans on releasing an English version of “Feel Special”?

Nayeon: Ah, sorry! We didn’t include an English version of “Feel Special.” But, if we wait a bit longer, we still have an upcoming English version of our song coming out later.

MTV News: You made your debut with a wild and edgy concept in “Like Ooh-Ahh” and have since transformed. What changes have you seen with your music? And what would you like to see more of?

Jihyo: I would say, for us, our goal would be to become a team that is not limited in one concept and can embody a variety of concepts. I want to be an artist who wants to conquer all the concepts we try. Sort of like renaissance women?

Momo: We are open to all concepts that we both haven’t and have tried before! We have fun asking fans what they want to see from us and enjoy discussing their answers.

Nayeon:  I remember when we surprised Once at a Twicelights concert with our red concept of “Heart Shaker.” The song is very energetic, so we added some fun and sexy choreography to it. It was very cute to watch their reactions! And since we have been active for five years, as a team, we do portray a certain image and concept, but we enjoy finding new things and challenging ourselves. From those challenges we find new things that match us more, and we find passion and joy in that. We hope everyone can enjoy that without a bias. So we would like to find things that match us more to make it more exciting. But we are also asking whether there is any concept that you or Once would like to see?

MTV News: Jihyo mentioned earlier that Twice wants to be a renaissance girl group. I believe you can pull it off, but I think a completely hip-hop concept would be nice as fans are asking for Nayeon’s rapper alter-ego, MC Rail.

All: (laughs) Oooooooooh!

Tzuyu: I’ll do my best trying to challenge more diverse concepts then.

MTV News: Was there a specific era you felt like you’ve grown or have started to grow?

Jihyo: When we started to get recognized from our singles “Cheer Up” and “TT.” We all wanted to give fans our love and continue to be great role models for them, and we continue to feel this way and appreciate Once for loving us.

Dahyun: Personally, I think our lead single “I Can’t Stop Me” shows our musical growth the most. Starting from “More & More,” we have focused on showing the desire of wanting someone. I think our overall themes of the songs have matured over time, and that has been a great challenge for us on the new concepts.

MTV News: With the amount of chart-topping releases you’ve done, crossovers in the Japanese market and now in the U.S., do you think you’ve reached a peak in your career? 

Dahyun: I really don’t think we’re in the top position of our careers because we were able to make it this far due to our team and staff members, alongside the members, and, most importantly, the fans together. I think Twice was able to come at this point due the support of everyone. But I still think there’s still a way to go to the top.

Nayeon: More than thinking, we’ve reached the top, there’s a long way to go, we give our best to things that are given to us right now. From that, we are faced with great opportunities and more occasions to meet Once. So we work hard in the moment, and I am satisfied.

MTV News: Are there any regrets or things you wished happened differently thus far?

Momo: There aren’t any regrettable memories, but I mostly don’t regret anything. But if there were, it must be my embarrassing moments [onstage] that I dwell upon for a very long time.

Mina: Because of any embarrassing moments we go through, we could now look back at it as a really good memory. And since we can’t go back to that time trying to fix that moment, we’d try to accept it as it is.

Jihyo: (to Momo) Try to love yourself during those times.

MTV News: Any moments where you couldn’t believe things were too good to be true?

Chaeyoung: Always. All of the good memories, always.

Momo: I remember when fans were doing surprise events during our concert, we were touched when Once sang a song for us. I was really, really touched at the time.

Sana: While going on our world tour, we were able to meet so many Once in America and other places that we were able to see the different energy from each country. I remember meeting the fans after the concerts, and their faces lighting up seeing all members during hi-touch. I cannot forget their faces, and that’s why I always want to prepare something new since they’re the motivation when Twice does their best.

MTV News: Nayeon, you’re known to be the spoiler queen of Twice to the point where you even teased Momo’s new hair for the comeback. Out of all the comebacks you’ve spoiled, what’s the biggest spoiler you’ve given?

All: (to Nayeon spoiling Momo’s hair) Ah! Oh no!

Nayeon: (in English) My mistake! [But it’s definitely] Momo’s hair.

MTV News: Most memorable and greatest prank Jeongyeon has ever pulled?

All: There’s too much! There’s really too much!

MTV News: Momo, you rap, you sing, you write, you dance, you vlog, and now you’re a dog mother to Boo. What’s something you cannot do that you wish you could?

Momo: I’d like to go home to Japan, but because of the coronavirus, I can’t go now.

MTV News: Sana, on livestreams and video call events, you tend to give a lot of advice and support to Once, but what’s the greatest advice you’ve given yourself?

Nayeon: (to Sana) You should think less and go to sleep early.

Sana: In the past, if we had a day off, I would focus my day on sleep and maybe plan to do other things on the second day. But since now I have more time due to coronavirus, it came to my mind that I should search for hobbies in hopes that I can use those hobbies and utilize it to enjoy my personal time.

MTV News: Jihyo, what was your greatest moment as Twice’s leader?

Jihyo: I’m always happy. There aren’t many moments to pick, but I’m always happy to be with members.

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MTV News: Mina, if you could describe the last five years of Twice as a game, what game would it be and why?

Mina: Minecraft. Because all of Twice’s creations and achievements are built like it is in Minecraft.

MTV News: Dahyun, you’re known to be the rapper, the energy booster, the Eagle dance creator, the camera catcher, but you’re quite the mystery. What’s something you want the world to know about Dahyun?

Dahyun: Other than the image I have, I’m a very serious person and really quiet and calm. I also think a lot about many things. But I’m energy booster, you know?

MTV News: Chaeyoung, what other mediums would you like to express yourself in?

Chaeyoung: I’d like to express myself more through outfit styling, but I’d still like to express myself through art and other musical ways.

MTV News: Tzuyu, in one of your past radio interviews, you said that you like to share your funny impressions of your group members. What are some things you’d like to call out on your members?

Tzuyu: I’ve been with the team for five years and there are moments when I think I couldn’t do this alone. I’ve grown more with the help of my members.

MTV News: The greatest part about being Twice?

Sana: All of the members being together on my side and freely expressing myself. But also, having to help each other and support one another.

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