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Atlantic RecordsThe new season of Sesame Street will mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic kids' show, and many celebrities have lined up to participate in the celebrations.

Leading up to the 50th season launch on November 16 on HBO, many celebrity fans will be using the hashtag #ThisIsMyStreet to share their favorite Sesame Street memories, including Alessia Cara, Ellie Goulding, Andy Grammer, John Legend and Josh Groban, and actors Mindy Kaling, Terry Crews, Keegan-Michael Key, Blake Lively, Seth Rogen, Amanda Seyfriend and Peter Dinklage, among others.

Then, on November 9, HBO will air Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration, featuring a look back at five decades of the show, and cameos from Meghan Trainor, Patti LaBelle and Norah Jones, as well as Sterling K. Brown and Whoopi Goldberg.  The special will air November 17 on PBS.

Once the season starts, special guests will include Charlie Puth and Maren Morris, as well as Foo Fighters rocker Dave Grohl and Saturday Night Live's Michael Che.

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ABC/Paula LoboLiam Payne is opening up about how success with One Direction almost killed him.

On an episode of the podcast Table Manners with Jessie Ware, Liam says since the band went on hiatus in 2015, he’s been spending time regaining control of his life.

"It was really scary at first," he said of taking a break from 1D. "But I needed to stop, definitely. It would have killed me. One hundred percent."

He added, "There's no stop button. You've got no control over your life. That's why I lost complete control of everything... We were definitely overworked. I had no personal life. I learned nothing about myself."

Now, with a successful solo career, his two-year-old son Bear and new girlfriend, Maya Henry, Liam says he’s “the happiest I’ve ever been.”

As for whether he and his 1D band mates have stayed close, he admits they haven’t.

“You have people you associate yourself with at work but you don’t see them outside of work and we won’t really have a job together anymore,” he said. “So with someone like Harry [Styles] for example, I just don’t really have much in common with the boy.”

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iStock/HailshadowJustin Bieber is being sued for posting a photo of himself to Instagram.

In court documents obtained by E! News, the photographer, Robert Barbera, alleges the singer used the copyrighted photo without permission.

"Barbera is the author of the Photograph and has at all times been the sole owner of all right, title and interest in and to the Photograph, including the copyright thereto," the documents state.

The suit claims Justin "did not license the Photograph" from Barbera, nor did he have Barbera's "permission or consent to publish" the photo on Instagram.

The photo at the center of the controversy was posted by Justin back in March 13 and it shows him in a car with his friend Rich Wilkerson.

“Me and my guy,” he captioned the photo. It’s still up on Justin's Instagram page.

It’s not clear how much Barbera is seeking from the lawsuit but back in May, he similarly sued Ariana Grande for posting photos he took of her to Instagram. In that suit, he said he wanted to be compensated with either the profits Ariana earned from the photos or $25,000 for each pic -- whichever amount was greater. He eventually filed a voluntary dismissal “without costs.”

Just over a week ago, Jennifer Lopez was also sued for a photo of her and Alex Rodriguez that she posted to her Instagram Story in 2017. Splash News and Picture Agency is seeking $150,000.

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Walt Disney Television/Paula LoboAlessia Cara will receive a special award at Canada's Walk of Fame Awards show November 23.

Alessia will be presented with the 2019 Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour, which celebrates a Canadian artist who has had "a significant music influence within Canada, and whose career in the music industry has been further recognized around the world."

The award is named after Allan Slaight, a Canadian media mogul, radio pioneer and philanthropist.

“Such a genuine honor to be recognized this way by my home country. Knowing that I’ve made any impact at all, let alone something of this capacity feels incredible,” Alessia says in a statement.

“I’m so proud to represent Canada in any way I can; and I hold this one super close to my heart.  The 15-year-old me wouldn’t have believed it.”

Alessia is the only Canadian ever to win the Best New Artist award.  The CEO of Canada's Walk of Fame praises her as "a voice for her generation," adding, "She has the remarkable ability to inspire, unite, and bring important issues that affect today’s youth to the forefront through her music.”

Previous winners of the award include Alessia's recent tour mate Shawn Mendes, as well as Carly Rae Jepsen, The Weeknd and Drake.

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John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCIt seems Nicki Minaj has pulled a Ryan Tedder.

Not long after teasing a collab with Adele, the rapper took to Twitter to say she was only joking.

"Omg guys. I thought everyone could clearly see I was being sarcastic. S***!” Nicki wrote. "Now I have to go to Adele's studio & steal some files. Who's in the UK? I got a job for you."

Nicki initially told Entertainment Tonight that she and Adele had a song in the works and had even filmed a music video for it.

Ryan Tedder pulled a similar prank a couple of weeks ago when he said he had recorded a collab with Adele, Beyoncé and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

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Dick Clark ProductionsThe award nominations keep coming from Lil Nas X and Lizzo.  The two stars just received nods for the ninth annual Streamy Awards, which celebrate the best online content.

Both artists are nominated in the Streamys music category, along with Lewis Capaldi, "Ransom" rapper Lil Tecca and singer Conan Gray.

Streamy winners are determined by a panel of creators, executives and experts in the online video industry.  Fans will be able to vote in two categories: Creator of the Yer and Show of the Year.  The awards will be handed out in Beverly Hills on December 13, and will stream live on YouTube via YouTube.com/streamys.

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Image Group LA/ABCDoes this mean what we think it means? Bruno Mars posted a mysterious photo on Twitter early this morning that has many fans thinking a new album is officially on the way.

The photo is a view of Bruno’s feet propped up on a bench, with keyboard and studio equipment visible in the background. He captioned it with only the tropical drink emoji.

"OMG IS BM4 ON THE WAY," one fan commented. While another wrote, "Yes!!!!! Making more music!!! Cant wait to hear!!"

In response to one fan who tweeted “You’ve got some new tunes for us,” Bruno played coy and wrote, “Ohhh Nooooo...ohhhh no no no noooo.”

So, is that a maybe?

It’s not farfetched to think Bruno could be working on a new album. His last solo venture, 24K Magic, came out in 2016. More recently, he collaborated with Cardi B on the track “Please Me” and with Ed Sheeran and Chris Stapleton on the song “Blow,” from Ed’s No.6 Collaborations Project.

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RCA RecordsAs Vevo celebrates its 10-year anniversary, it's crunched the numbers to determine which of its music videos have grabbed the most views.  Turns out there are two that have those bragging rights: One globally, and one in the U.S.

Globally, the all-time champ is Luis Fonsi's "Despacito," which has racked up 6.4 billion views since it came out in 2017. 

“Being able to share my music is something absolutely valuable to me, and thanks to Vevo, I am able to do just that,” Luis says in a statement. "Throughout this 10 years, Vevo has...opened up endless opportunities for artists to connect with millions of people around the world, get instant reaction from fans, and also explore music from different artists/genres."

Domestically, the number-one video is "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. In the U.S. alone, it's scored 628 million views but globally, it's number two behind "Despacito," with 3.6 billion views. 

The third most-viewed video globally is Justin Bieber's "Sorry (PURPOSE: The Movement),” with 3.1 billion views. 

Domestically, the number-two and number-three videos, respectively, are Silentó’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” with 527 million views, and Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off'” with 517 million views. 

Here are the top 10s for both:

Vevo's most-watched music videos U.S.

1. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk": 623.6 million views
2. Silentó, “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)”: 527.2 million
3. Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off": 517.6 million
4. Meghan Trainor, "All About that Bass": 488.9 million
5. Post Malone ft. Quavo, "Congratulations": 478.6 million
6. Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee, "Despacito": 465.1 million
7. Katy Perry, "Roar": 461.9 million
8. The Weekend, "The Hills": 461.5 million
9. Taylor Swift, "Blank Space": 453 million
10. Adele, "Hello": 435.2 million

Vevo's most-watched music videos globally:

1. Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee, "Despacito": 6.46 billion views
2. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk": 3.67 billion
3. Justin Bieber, "Sorry (PURPOSE: The Movement)": 3.19 billion
4. Maroon 5, "Sugar": 3.04 billion
5. Katy Perry, "Roar": 2.92 billion
6. One Republic, "Counting Stars": 2.84 bilion
7. Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off": 2.83 billion
8. Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno, Genete De Zona, "Bailando": 2.77 billion
9. Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, "Dark Horse": 2.65 billion
10. Adele, "Hello": 2.57 billion

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John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCA couple of weeks ago, Ryan Tedder faked us out by jokingly teasing a collab between Adele and Beyoncé. But now, it seems we have a real Adele collab to look forward to.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Nicki Minaj spills the beans that she’s got a song with Adele on the way.

"Yes and yes, yes and yes, wooo hoo!" the rapper confirms, adding, "But Adele made me swear to secrecy that I'm not allowed to tell anyone that I'm working with her. And that we already shot a video. And it's an epic song! Ahh!"

Adele has been a longtime Nicki fan. Back in 2016, she went viral for rapping Nicki’s verse from Kanye West’s song “Monster” on an episode of "Carpool Karaoke." Earlier this year, she recreated the moment for guests at a Los Angeles party.

The new song could be part of Adele’s new album, which she’s been teasing is in the works. Meanwhile, Nicki has another collaboration on the upcoming Charlie’s Angels soundtrack. She teams up with her pal Ariana Grande and Normani for the song “Bad to You.”

"I'm proud of her, 'cause she executive produced that album and I'm proud to be a part of something that's her baby," Nicki says of Ari. "It's always good working with her because we actually -- unlike other artists -- we actually have a real friendship outside, in the real world.”

The Charlie's Angels soundtrack is due out November 1.

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Atlantic RecordsLizzo is being accused by a Los Angeles songwriter of using his lyrics, melody, and chords in her hit song "Truth Hurts" without giving him credit or compensation.

Justin Raisen writes in an Instagram post that on April 11, 2017, he and his brother Jeremiah created a song, titled “Healthy,” with Lizzo and songwriters Jesse St. John and Yves Rothman that opens with the same line used in ”Truth Hurts”: "I just took a DNA test, turns out I'm 100% that b***h."

Raisen claims he's spent the last two years contacting Lizzo and her team in an attempt to receive credit and 5% royalties for himself and his three co-writers, but he has been “shutdown [sic] every time.”

“The last thing we want to do is throw any negativity toward Lizzo’s momentum and movement as a cultural figure," Raisen continues. However, he adds that going public “seems to be the only way at this point in relieving some of our emotional distress caused by this.”

Raisen also writes that British singer Mina Lioness inspired the song with her tweet, “I did a DNA test and found out I’m 100% that b***h”. He says if the dispute is settled, he wants to share part of the proceeds with Lioness.

“Truth Hurts” remained at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks until it was replaced this week by Travis Scott’s “Highest in the Room.” The double platinum hit set the record for the longest number-one solo single by a female rap artist. Cardi B previously held record for three weeks set in 2017 with “Bodak Yellow.”

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Capitol RecordsKaty Perry's long-awaited song and video for "Harleys in Hawaii" has finally arrived.

The clip finds Katy on a motorcycle driving down a highway in Hawaii -- duh -- but we also see her in a pool, singing in a club where a fight breaks out, and frolicking in a motel room while eating her favorite snack: Cheetos. 

Her love interest in the video is a tattooed and bearded biker.  They kiss passionately on a beach, ride on a bike together and engage in extremely steamy activity in another motel room.

"When I hula hula hula/so good you'll take me to the jeweler, jeweler, jeweler/there's pink and purple in the sky/we're riding Harleys in Hawaii," Katy croons to a tropical beat.

Katy co-wrote "Harleys in Hawaii" with the same collaborators with whom she did her most recent track, "Small Talk": Charlie Puth, Johan Carlsson and JKash.

"Harleys in Hawaii" is Katy's latest stand-alone single release, following "Small Talk" and "Never Really Over."

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Robin SharpAndy Grammer's current single is "Wish You Pain," but right now, we wish him nothing but joy: He and his wife Aijia [Asia] are expecting their second child.

The new baby is another girl, People reports, and she'll join big sister Louisiana "Louie" K, who turned two in July.

“I am so excited. There’s nothing else in life that I would want to invest in more than little girls. There’s nothing better!” Andy tells People. “It’s the best thing in the world to put your time into...I'm so excited.”

Not long ago, Andy wrote on Instagram that before she was born, he was "terrified" that he wouldn't be able to be a good father to Louie because he's a working musician. 

"Finding the balance is not easy but I’m much more certain now that she will get what she needs from me and her inner circle," Andy wrote. "My new belief is that if it’s high on the priority list to make sure she feels my love then she will feel it."

He also explained why he chose the name "Louisiana" for his first child.

"My mother in law is from Louisiana so I married into this incredible Cajun lifestyle," Andy wrote, and then added, "Louisiana in my opinion is the most JOYFUL place per capita we have in America...I came here for the first time it felt like my spirit was home."

As for the K, it's in honor of his late mother, Kathy.

.@andygrammer and Wife Aijia Expecting Second Daughter: 'It's the Best Thing in the World' 💕 https://t.co/wZpIg3OeSa

— People (@people) October 16, 2019

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ABC/Eric McCandlessLauren Daigle was the leading nominee heading into the Dove Awards on Tuesday in Nashville, so it was no surprise that she was also the big winner.

As the Nashville Tennessean reports, the Grammy-winner was named Artist of the Year at the 50th annual ceremony, while her smash hit, "You Say," was named Song of the Year.  Her album Look Up Child won Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. 

“Just to see the support of so many people, it’s really, really moving. It’s overwhelming,” Lauren said after winning song of the year.

It was the second time in three years that Lauren won the Dove Awards artist of the year trophy.  In fact, she says she wrote "You Say" partly because she was struggling to deal with the fame and success that came in the wake of that first win.

Another crossover act, For King and Country, won the Pop Song of the Year award for their hit "God Only Knows."

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Capitol RecordsNiall Horan is back with his first new single in two years, "Nice to Meet Ya."  The former One Direction member says when it comes to new music, he likes to use get his friends' feedback on his songs...but the friends in question just happen to be Shawn Mendes and Lewis Capaldi.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Capital FM, Niall says of Shawn, "We literally, like, will send songs back and forth...if we're in L.A. at the same time and we're in the car and we're going somewhere, we just like throw it on, one of his or one of mine."

"I do the same with Lewis," Niall says of the "Someone You Loved" singer, who's a massive star in his native U.K. "He's got a really good ear and yeah, he's got a similar type thing, so I'll always play him [songs]...he really likes the new one, actually."

"Nice to Meet Ya" is our first taste of Niall's sophomore album, the follow up to his 2017 debut Flicker.  He told Capital FM that he's excited to get back into the mix, because he's got a serious case of FOMO watching new and exciting artists like Billie Eilish dominating the scene.

"This is why I'm so excited to get back into it," he says. "'Cause I turn on the TV and watch all these award shows and I feel like I'm...missing out....'That used to be me!'"

No word on when we can expect Niall's new album.

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Ariana VelazquezOnce, they were "Cool Kids." Now, Echosmith is part of a Lonely Generation. That's the name of the family group's new album, due out January 10.

The album's '80s-flavored title track, along with a video, are both available now.  The video, which shows the trio -- Sydney, Noah and Graham -- dressed in a variety of different scenarios and costumes, is actually a sneak peek of the 11 other videos the band shot, one for every track on the album.

"The album is about trying to care for each other, grow, and experience joy and heartache in the internet age," says Noah. "It's like a diary. We're showing a piece of who we are that we've never shown before. We pushed ourselves to try new things and reflect our experiences in a fresh way."

"We were just honest about happiness, love, and even being truly broken," adds Sydney. "We're growing up in our own ways. We're siblings and close friends, but we have our own lives too. There are a lot of different flavors to it. We got to be really vulnerable for the first time."

Echosmith kicks off a tour February 12 in Washington, D.C. The run is currently scheduled through March 5, wrapping up in Los Angeles. Tickets are available October 18 at 10 a.m. local time. Visit Echosmith.com for more details.

In addition, the band will tape the public television show Live from the Artists Den October 22 in New York City. If you buy a ticket to the band's February 13 show in New York City, you'll get a free ticket to the Live from the Artists Den show, which will air on PBS at a later date.

Here are Echosmith's tour dates:

2/12 -- Washington, DC, 9:30 Club
2/13 -- New York, NY, Le Poisson Rouge
2/14 -- Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club
2/15 -- Philadelphia, PA, World Café Live
2/17 -- Toronto, ON, Mod Club
2/18 -- Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom
2/20 -- Chicago, IL, Park West
2/21 -- Minneapolis, MN, Fine Line Music Café
2/23 -- Dallas, TX, Granada Theatre
2/26 -- Denver, CO, Bluebird Theatre
2/27 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex
2/29 -- Portland, OR, Wonder Ballroom
3/1 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre
3/3 -- San Francisco, CA, August Hall
3/5 -- Los Angeles, CA, Henry Fonda

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Streamline/Interscope RecordsEarlier this year, Lady Gaga removed her R. Kelly duet "Do What U Want" from streaming platforms, in response to the controversial Lifetime docuseries that detailed the years of sexual misconduct allegations against the R&B singer. Now it seems she might have also removed the song from physical copies of the album it originally appeared on, 2013's ARTPOP.

Billboard notes that the website of the British music store HMV is offering new CD and vinyl versions of ARTPOP for pre-order, with a release date of November 11, and the song "Do What U Want" is missing from the track lists. 

However, on her U.S. store, a vinyl version of ARTPOP with the track is still listed, though it's sold out.

While other artists such as Chance the Rapper have pulled their collaborations with R. Kelly from streaming, Billboard says these new physical versions of ARTPOP "appear to mark the first time an artist has fully re-released an album to cut out Kelly's involvement."

After Gaga pulled "Do What U Want" from streaming platforms, she tweeted, "As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the songs and video at a dark time in my life, my intention was to create something extremely defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadn’t processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life."

She also apologized for collaborating with Kelly, noting, "I’m sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner. I love you." 

Kelly is currently awaiting trial on sex abuse charges.

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ABC/Image Group LAThere are a bunch of female celebrities who we can all agree are gorgeous.  But who are the ones that are the most "perfect?"  A London plastic surgeon thinks he knows.

According to Harper's Bazaar, one Dr. Julian De Silva has used computerized mapping techniques to compare the faces of famous female stars to the Greek Golden Ratio of Beauty.  The "golden ratio" is actually a math term, but in this case, it has to do with faces with features that are most perfectly in proportion.

According to Dr. De Silva, Beyoncé is the number-two most physically perfect woman, while Ariana Grande is number four and Taylor Swift is number five.  Model Amber Heard is number three.

The good doctor claims that Bella Hadid is the number-one most physically perfect woman, because her face is 94.35% accurate to the golden ratio.  Harper's Bazaar quotes him as saying that Bella "was the clear winner when all elements of the face were measured for physical perfection."

According to the Daily Mail, the Golden Ratio is determined by three things. First, the length and width of the face is measured and the results are divided.  The ideal result is 1.6.

Then, you measure from the hairline to the spot between the eyes, from there to the bottom of the nose, and from there to the bottom of the chin. The more equal those numbers are, the more beautiful the person allegedly is.

Finally, the length of your ear has to be the same as the length of your nose, and the width of your eye should be equal to the distance between your eyes.

Get out that tape measure.

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Aidan CullenHalsey may receive some Grammy nominations when they're announced on December 7, but while she's waiting for that, she's going to perform at the ARIA Awards, the Australian equivalent of the Grammys.

In a promo, she says she has a "very special performance planned" for the ceremony, which takes place November 27 in Sydney.  While Halsey isn't nominated, nearly every other major pop star is: Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Ed Sheeran, Khalid, Pink and Travis Scott.

According to Billboard, Halsey's last two albums both reached number two on the ARIA Albums chart Down Under, and her hit "Without Me" also hit number two on the singles chart.  It's gone five-times platinum in Australia and is still in the Hot 100 there after more than a year.

.@halsey's coming to the #ARIAs!https://t.co/9HHYBiXJoK pic.twitter.com/aJR3gndOw7

— ARIA (@ARIA_Official) October 14, 2019

Halsey's new album, Manic, is due January 17, 2020.

 

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Warner RecordsBebe Rexha has unveiled the video for "You Can't Stop the Girl," her new song from the soundtrack Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

Bebe and director Sophie Muller came up with the idea for the clip, which illustrates the song's theme of female empowerment by showing Bebe leading a group of determined and athletic women on a run through the streets of a city.  Those scenes are intercut with footage of the Disney film, which stars Angelina Jolie, Michelle Pfeiffer and Elle Fanning.

Bebe then runs into a dark enchanted forest, wearing a gown and a tiara, and comes out into a sunlit clearing full of butterflies and a flowering tree.  She stops on top of a waterfall, turns to look back, and suddenly, she's back on the city streets in her track suit.

Bebe will sing "You Can't Stop the Girl" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday, the same day the movie hits theaters.

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iStock/Zoa-ArtsMiley Cyrus is out of the hospital and into the arms of her new man, Cody Simpson.  The singer confirmed the new relationship on her Instagram Stories, which currently features the two kissing over a bowl of soup along with the caption, "soup is an aphrodisiac."

Another Instagram Story post features a clip of a song that Cody wrote for Miley, which may be called "Golden Thing."  He sings, “Crystal dream, Cali queen/ Radiant hand, vibrant sand/ I’m shot/ It’s a golden thing she’s got."

However, what really got fans talking is her unsettling now-deleted Instagram story, where the two rub their tongues together while using the clown mask filter.

The video starts with the scantily-clad pair laying on a bed and leaning in before Miley starts licking the shirtless Cody. The two then burst out laughing after they wrestle tongues. 

All of this happens as the Joker's iconic laugh plays in the background of the video.

Cody recently revealed he had a crush on the "Slide Away" singer since he was 12.  The two were friends before Miley began dating actor Liam Hemsworth, who she eventually married.  The two split in August and Miley briefly moved on to Kaitlynn Carterbefore that relationship expired in September.

Liam has since publicly confirmed a relationship with Madison Brown, a fellow actor. 

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