Megastar Meltdowns: Ben Affleck, Rihanna and Selma Blair
Ben, Rihanna and Selma have been acting extremely odd in public
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It’s always worrying when our role models start doing things we don’t quite approve of, but when their own friends and family start seriously worrying about their behaviour, you know things are probably going seriously wrong behind closed doors. Last week, Ben Affleck, Rihanna and Selma Blair all sparked concerns after having some strange public meltdowns.
Ben raised eyebrows among fans when he slurred his way through an expletive-ridden rant on a sports show last Wednesday. The 43-year-old actor appeared on Bill Simmons’ new HBO show Any Given Wednesday and was asked about the NFL (National Football League) tampering scandal known as ‘Deflategate’. New England Patriots player Tom Brady was suspended due to his alleged part in the 2015 scandal, which centred around accusations that the team had been under-inflating the footballs they used to give them an illegal advantage in games.
Ben’s Bad Mouth
Ben is a close friend of Tom’s, and used his appearance on the programme to reveal his feelings about the allegations against the sportsman. “We’re running our greatest player ever through this mill of humiliation and shame, which is totally unwarranted, for the sake of our own bruised egos and our embarrassment and to paper over our mismanagement,” he ranted. Clearly feeling strongly about what he was saying, Ben frequently cursed as he attempted to get his point across. But his emphatic delivery caused concern among many fans, who commented that the actor appeared to be slurring.
Affleck Under the Influence?
Some speculated that he had had a drink prior to filming, with one writing: “I think Ben Affleck is drunk. His face looks red and puffy and he seems to be slurring.” Another added: “Liked the show but it seemed as if Ben Affleck was drunk or having some sort of seizure. #AnyGivenWednesday.” Others said it seemed that Ben was just over emotional about the subject, with one fan writing: “Ben Affleck on #AnyGivenWednesday sounds like me when I’ve only had an hour of sleep. Slurring, over-emotional.” However, a source close to the father-of-three told Tmz.com that Ben was “stone-cold sober” and the nature of his slurring was due to his being “passionate about Tom Brady”. “Ben and Simmons got into a heated debate before the cameras started rolling,” the insider told the website. “So when the show started at 11am, Ben was already fired up.”
Rihanna Breaks Down
Rihanna was also unexpectedly emotional when she burst into tears on stage at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Tuesday after arriving 30 minutes late to her concert. The pop superstar was performing the opening night of the European leg of her Anti World Tour in the Irish capital, where she was expected to be onstage at 8.45pm. She didn’t appear, however, until 9.15pm. The 28-year-old singer gave no explanation for her late arrival and jumped straight into her 25-song set with a teary-eyed performance of Stay. Moments later tears fell down the Bajan beauty’s face as she sang her Eminem collaboration, Love the Way You Lie (Part II).
RiRi has quite a lot going on in her personal and professional life at the moment, including ongoing rumours she’s dating rapper Drake and the fact she has just bought her dad a house in Barbados. She’s also facing legal action from a Nigerian concert promoter amid allegations she scrapped a 2013 performance but kept her hefty fee of Dhs587,000.
Selma’s Jet Set Drama
Actress Selma Blair has apologised to passengers and crew who witnessed her bizarre meltdown on a plane bound for Los Angeles. Eyewitnesses claim the Hellboy star was taken off a Delta flight from Cancun, Mexico on a stretcher after reportedly losing her cool and raging about an unseen foe. Reports suggest Selma yelled: “He burns my private parts. He beats me. He’s going to kill me”, as staff attempted to calm her down in the first-class section. Upon landing, medical staff boarded to help the actress off the aircraft. She was then taken to a nearby hospital.
Blair Blames Booze
A day after the strange episode, the Cruel Intentions star released a statement apologising for her actions, admitting she mixed alcohol with pills. “After a lovely trip with my son and his dad, I mixed alcohol with medication, and that caused me to black out and led me to say and do things that I deeply regret. I take this very seriously, and I apologise to all of the passengers and crew that I disturbed and am thankful to all of the people who helped me in the aftermath.” She continued: “I’m a flawed human being who makes mistakes and am filled with shame over this incident. I’m truly very sorry.” In a statement to Vanity Fair, Blair insists her four-year-old son Arthur didn’t witness the freakout as he was asleep with headphones on during the incident.