Reality TV star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, best known for her wild bar hopping, her drunken antics on MTV's "Jersey Shore" and the spinoff show "Snooki and JWoww." But today, her life is a bit more tame thanks to her new little baby, 7-month-old Lorenzo, and also her fiance, Jionni.
This morning on "Starting Point," Polizzi talks about her life after MTV, her 42 lb. weight loss and being a mom.
A blast from the past visits the studio this morning. You know her from her multiple chart-topping songs with the female trio TLC. Songs like "Waterfalls", “No Scrubs” and “Unpretty” are sure to come to mind.
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins is a songwriter, a four-time Grammy winner, an actress, and now the star of a new reality show called "Totally T-Boz". Airing on Tuesdays on TLC, "Totally T-Boz" shows the artist as she deals with recovering from a brain tumor, raising her daughter, and sustaining her musical career. She touches on all of that on “Starting Point” today.
T-Boz, who considers herself very private, turned down other reality show opportunities. She says she was surprised she decided to do "Totally T-Boz". “I can't believe I'm doing this, but I did it because it kind of fell on my lap,” she says. “I was like, this is where I'm at in my life and TLC was interested in following me, not leading me, and there's not ten years of technology to tell you about a the brain tumor, so maybe I can speak up and help somebody and then you'll learn more about me, TLC and how I became who I am today.”
T-Boz has not only recovered from removing a brain tumor, she also battles sickle-cell anemia. But she says she feels great. “I’m done with physical therapy. I’m back on my feet. Of course I have sickle cell,” she says. “There's no cure, so I deal with that but I’m doing great honestly. I just have to take care of myself.”
At age 42, T-Boz is doing just that and much more. VH1 is doing a biopic about TLC celebrating the group’s 20th anniversary and T-Boz says she is willing to dedicate time working on music for the movie and look after herself. “I think if you strategically plan it out right, I can do both, because I have to,” she says. “This can't last forever and I think you should use this avenue to move and merge on to other things.”
That includes charity work. “I help people in my personal time,” she says. “That's what I do because I was that kid in the hospital; I was told I couldn't live past 30 or have kids. They said I’d be disabled and I superseded that. So meshing music with charity,...I found that niche here to bring both of my passions together.”
Soledad O'Brien talks with Kandi Burruss and former 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' cast member Deshawn Snow about their experiences with reality television.
From the White House, to the Governor's mansion – this time, legally.
Infamous White House party crasher and reality TV star Tareq Salahi is running for governor in his home state of Virginia. But is anyone buying it?
Salahi talks about his bid for office, and Christine asks him whether his reality show antics and difficulties with his wife will affect his candidacy.
"I have passion for Virginia," Salahi says. "I've been living there my whole life. I'm excited about this. You know, currently, the Virginia attorney general has been making personal attacks against me and I said enough is enough."
Salahi is going through a very public divorce as well, filing a $50 million case against his wife Michaele and agencies he says owes him a significant amount of money. All this baggage won't deter Salahi from seeking office.
"I have a number of political things that I've been doing in Virginia for the last 15 years," he says. "People who know me prior to my wife know how serious and how much I love Virginia and how much I've been involved in Virginia community and Virginia politics. So those who knew me before I got married and before we did Hollywood things and television and TV shows and reality TV, know how serious I am."
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