ABC’s Robach to have double mastectomy
NEW YORK — A month after undergoing a mammogram on “Good Morning America,” ABC’s Amy Robach said Monday she has breast cancer and will have a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery this week.
The 40-year-old correspondent admitted she had been reluctant to have the public mammogram but went ahead after “GMA” anchor Robin Roberts told her that if the story saved one life, it would be worth it.
“It never occurred to me that life would be mine,” she said.
Robach, a former Charleston broadcast journalist, joined ABC in 2012 from NBC, where she was a “Weekend Today” host. She logged considerable time with the cast of ABC’s top-rated morning show, filling in for Roberts, who has fought back from a serious blood and bone marrow disease.
Producers chose her for the mammogram story because, at 40, she’s at the age when it’s recommended that women regularly check for breast cancer.
She emerged from her mammogram telling Roberts and her “GMA” colleagues that it hurt much less than she thought it would.
A few weeks later, she returned for what she thought would be some follow-up images only to learn she had cancer. She said she will learn after Thursday’s surgery what her treatment will entail going forward.
Lady Gaga unveils ‘flying dress’ at fete
NEW YORK — Lady Gaga’s album sales are already stratospheric, so why not her evening wear?
The “Applause” singer unveiled a high-tech, white vehicle she bills as the world’s first flying dress. The contraption lifted her up inside a mammoth building at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where she held a launch party for her new album Sunday. The battery-powered dress has six booms in a hex formation.
The 27-year-old New York entertainer said later that this was “maybe a small step for Volantis,” as she calls the metal dress, but “a big-time step” for Lady Gaga.
“Volantis is essentially a vehicle,” she told the crowd, standing in front of the floral-shaped craft topping a curvy, female silhouette that acts as a fiberoptic body piece.
It has multiple motors with a calculated payload: Gaga herself.
She created it as a symbol of the future and its youth.
Then, in a black leotard and helmet, she donned the dress and lifted off the warehouse pavement. The dress was controlled by a technician she referred to as her “pilot.”
Lady Gaga’s new studio album, “Artpop,” was released worldwide Monday.
Bieber quits mid-show after food poisoning
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Justin Bieber’s manager says food poisoning made him quit the stage in Buenos Aires, drawing boos from a huge crowd in River Plate stadium.
The star also blamed a sick stomach, and posted a “selfie” photo on Twitter showing himself receiving intravenous fluids.
Bieber’s team made no announcements Monday on whether he’ll make it up to fans who paid up to $320 to see him up close. His manager Scooter Braun says Bieber managed to perform for nearly an hour against doctor’s advice.
Bieber said “I’m not feeling too good, I think I’m out of energy,” and apologized as he blew the audience a kiss and walked offstage with his head hung low.