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Amanda Kloots opens up about being ‘scared of my new normal’ after Nick Cordero’s memorial – USA TODAY

“Truly, I am scared,” Amanda Kloots wrote. “Scared of my new normal, of the pain, the loss and being strong enough to get through it.”

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Tony nominated actor Nick Cordero spent months fighting the virus.
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Following a “small memorial” for Broadway star Nick Cordero, his wife, Amanda Kloots, opened up about the struggle with coming to terms with her “new normal.” 
Cordero, 41, died July 5 after a 95-day hospital stay with a series of complications from the coronavirus, including a leg amputation, infections in his lungs and the insertion of a temporary pacemaker. Kloots kept her social media followers updated at every turn. 
Kloots told the “close family and friends” in attendance Saturday that her late husband “would have wanted this to be a celebration” and invited them to share their favorite stories and sing “to his memory.” 
“He would have loved it,” she wrote in an Instagram post Sunday. “It was beautiful and perfect. His spirit was definitely there.”
More: Amanda Kloots says she ‘melted’ watching son kiss video footage of late dad Nick Cordero
Attendees listened to the song “I’m Here” from the Broadway musical “The Color Purple,” which she and Cordero once saw live and “left the theater in tears, speechless.” 
On Saturday night, the song struck Kloots again  for a different reason.
“Truly, I am scared,” she wrote. “Scared of my new normal, of the pain, the loss and being strong enough to get through it. But, I know Nick is up above routing (sic) for me, believing in me and hoping for me. He wants me to LIVE this new life and he wants me to be the best version of myself for our son. I promised him in the hospital that I would try to do that.”
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We had a small memorial yesterday with close family and friends. I said, Nick would have wanted this to be a celebration. Lets try to laugh, share great stories and sing for him and to his memory. He would have loved it. It was beautiful and perfect. His spirit was definitely there. We listened to the song, Im Here, from The Color Purple. Nick and I saw this show on Broadway years ago and we left the theater in tears, speechless. As it was being played last night the lyrics in the second half of the song hit me hard. Truly, I am scared. Scared of my new normal, of the pain, the loss and being strong enough to get through it. But, I know Nick is up above routing for me, believing in me and hoping for me. He wants me to LIVE this new life and he wants me to be the best version of myself for our son. I promised him in the hospital that I would try to do that. So, when I heard these lyrics yesterday I thought, Ok. When Im doubting if I can get through this, Im playing this song. It will be my motto. This is a long journey ahead and a down road I never thought Id be on. No one can tell me how to do it, I have to do it. I may do things right, I may do them wrong. There isnt a perfect way. One day, one step at a time. I have faith that God is leading the way and that Nick is our angel. In case you dont know this song and are also in need of a motto, here are the lyrics. Do yourself a favor by listening to @cynthiaerivo sing it. I’m gonna take a deep breath. Gonna hold my head up. Gonna put my shoulders back, And look you straight in the eye. I’m gonna flirt with somebody When they walk by. I’m gonna sing out . . . Sing out. I believe I have inside of me Everything that I need to live a bountiful life. With all the love alive in me I’ll stand as tall as the tallest tree. And i’m Thankful for everyday that i’m given, Both the easy and hard ones i’m livin’. But most of all I’m thankful for Loving who I really am. I’m beautiful. Yes, Im beautiful, And Im here.
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Ever the optimist, Kloots decided that the song would be her new motto whenever she doubts she can get through hardship. 
“This is a long journey ahead and a down road I never thought Id be on,” she concluded. “No one can tell me how to do it, I have to do it. I may do things right, I may do them wrong. There isnt a perfect way. One day, one step at a time. I have faith that God is leading the way and that Nick is our angel.”
More: Fans launch petition to rename Longacre Theater after Broadway star Nick Cordero
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Long Island Anti-Masker Hurls Insults, Threats Against Supermarket Employee – TMZ

You wanna see someone disgusting … check out this anti-masker who castigates a supermarket employee … essentially calling her a loser because of her job.

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You wanna see someone disgusting … check out this anti-masker who castigates a supermarket employee … essentially calling her a loser because of her job.
Anti-masker on Long Island says “I’ll beat the f***ing s*** outta you” and “Don’t pull your communist bulls*** on me” to an employee pic.twitter.com/MD7z81ud1t
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It went down in Long Island, New York when an employee at a King Kullen market apparently told this shopper …

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BBC apologises over racial slur used in news report – BBC News

Director general Tony Hall apologises a day after Radio 1Xtra DJ Sideman quit over use of the slur.

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Media captionDJ Sideman: “On this occasion I just don’t think that I can look the other way”
BBC director general Tony Hall has apologised and said a mistake was made after a news report containing a racial slur was broadcast last month.
The N-word was used in full in a report about a racially aggravated attack in Bristol, broadcast by Points West and the BBC News Channel on 29 July.
The BBC initially defended the use of the slur after more than 18,600 complaints were made.
Lord Hall said he…

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Princess Charlotte misses out on bridesmaid duties as her school teacher marries her godfather – Yahoo Lifestyle

The young royal had been due to participate in the wedding party – but plans were changed due to coronavirus.

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The young royal had been due to participate in the wedding party but plans changed due to coronavirus. (Getty Images)
The coronavirus pandemic has scuppered numerous plans this year including Princess Charlottes latest opportunity to be a bridesmaid, a role beloved of any little girl.
Prince William and Kate Middletons daughter, five, was due to be part of the wedding party at the nuptials of her school teacher to her godfather.
According to The Sunday Times, the marriage of Thomas Van Straub…

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