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WWE star Paige talks sex tape, says, ‘I don’t wish that for anyone’

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She was once one of the biggest stars in the pro wrestling business, but by 2017, she had become depressed and nearly suicidal.

She locked herself away from the public and her family. She became sickly and was treated for anorexia. Her hair started falling out.

But a chance encounter with a young fan at a grocery store turned it all around for Paige. Now the former wrestler is back on top in a big way with a biopic chronicling her improbable story.

Friday’s “Fighting With My Family” reveals how Saraya-Jade Bevis, a young outcast from Norwich, England, was plucked from a D-list wrestling company run by her ex-con father to become a superstar in World Wrestling Entertainment.

“You forget what you’ve been through in your life, so watching it back was very surreal,” Paige, 26, tells The Post.

It’s one of those stories that’s so outlandish, it could only be true. (Produced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who also has a small role, the film is written and directed with dry British wit by Stephen Merchant, co-creator of the original British “The Office.”)

Paige (played by Florence Pugh in the film) knew her childhood was a little bit different.

Her father (played by Nick Frost) and her mother (Lena Headey) ran England’s World Association of Wrestling that staged matches in modest venues.

When Paige was 13, one of her father’s wrestlers failed to show up for a match, so she was tapped to fill in.

“Before that, I didn’t really want to wrestle. I was terrified,” Paige says.

Getting in the ring, though, sparked the “biggest euphoric adrenaline feeling.”

“Even though there was, what, like 10 people in the crowd, it made me feel good,” she says. “You could be anyone you wanted to.”

She was eventually offered a chance to try out for the WWE. Paige thought it best to completely overhaul her look for the audition.

She was pale with piercings and jet-black hair. She dressed in all black. But for the WWE, she got tan, dyed her hair blond and wore a colorful outfit.

The coaches saw through her fakery and declined to offer her a contract.

A few months later, she was given another audition, and this time — mostly on the advice of her brother, also a wrestler — she decided to be herself.

The change paid off and she was offered a spot.

“It took me a while to realize that being me was my superpower,” Paige says.

For her ring name, she chose Paige as an homage to Rose McGowan’s character from the 2000-era series “Charmed.” She made her debut in 2014 on an episode of “WWE Raw,” and won a championship belt her first time out.

But her success caused some friction with her brother (played by Jack Lowden), who had failed to make it to the WWE.

He now runs a wrestling academy in England — where he even trained a blind wrestler — and is content.

“Success isn’t measured by how many cameras you’re in front of,” Paige says. “It’s a success story to be at home with a family and to have a job where you’re helping people. They shouldn’t measure success on how famous you are.”

Of course, fame also has its downsides. In 2016, the wrestling diva was twice suspended for violating WWE’s wellness policy, including for testing “positive for an illegal substance” according to WWE. Then, in 2017, sex tapes of her were illegally posted online by hackers.

“To be publicly humiliated like that was terrible, and I don’t wish that for anyone,” she says.

The leak coupled with a wrestling injury sent her spiraling into depression.

“I didn’t go to work; I didn’t do anything. I felt so rock bottom,” she says.

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Then, one day, she was at a local grocery store in Texas, where she was living at the time, and was approached by a young female fan who was about 7 years old.

“Of course, she didn’t have the internet and thought I was the most beautiful and most successful woman in the world,” Paige says. “It opened my eyes to so many things. I was like, ‘I’m gonna let videos get in the way of things?’ ”

“I thought, what am I doing? I need to be successful for her. My whole journey was supposed to be about inspiring people,” she says.

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Jimmy Kimmel wishes son happy birthday on Instagram, thanks hospitals that saved him

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Late night host Jimmy Kimmel on Sunday took to Instagram to wish his son Billy a happy birthday and thanked Los Angeles hospitals that “saved his life.”

The picture shows his son smiling while holding a carrot. Back in May 2017, the host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” opened up to his audience that his son was going to have heart surgery shortly after he was born on April 21, 2017, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles

The 13-minute monologue was Kimmel’s most memorable and showed an emotional side that few have seen. Kimmel spoke about a quick-thinking nurse that noticed that his son appeared purple and detected a heart murmur.

Billy was taken by ambulance to Children’s Hospital and underwent open-heart surgery. He will also undergo another procedure in his teens to replace the valve, according to the 2017 monologue.

“We are grateful always to the nurses and doctors at @CedarsSinai & @ChildrensLA who saved his life and all of you who prayed & sent positive thoughts our way. #HappyEaster.”

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Kimmel used his son’s top-notch treatment to make the case for access to health care for all children.

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Recap: ‘Game of Thrones,’ Season 8, Episode 2 – Winterfell prepares for an epic battle

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Recap: 'Game of Thrones,' Season 8, Episode 2 – Winterfell prepares for an epic battle

In the follow-up to the highly anticipated premiere of the last season of “Game of Thrones,” we rejoin the families in Winterfell as they prepare to combat the Night King and his army of the dead.

[Spoiler Alert: The remainder of this article will discuss Season 8, Episode 1 of “Game of Thrones”]

The second episode opens on a tense scene between Daenerys and Jamie Lanniester, as Khaleesi seethes with rage while confronting the man who murdered her father, lovingly known as the Mad King. After a lengthy debate about his trustworthiness, which was supplemented by a powerful character defense by Breanne of Tarth, it is eventually determined that Jamie should be allowed to stay and fight in Winterfell. It then thrusts Jamie into awkward conversations with various individuals at the castle who he’s wronged throughout the last decade, as it’s noted that he’s caused a lot of pain for many who have decided, for the most part, to let bygones be bygones as they attempt to fight for their lives against the undead.

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The episode as a whole feels like a filler piece – grappling between the dramatic escalations that took place last week, and will take place again next week during what’s certain to be an epic battle.

Throughout the hour-long episode, we see the majority of the show’s main characters coping in their own ways with what they see as almost certain death.

It’s evident at this point that Cersei is certainly not fulfilling her promise to bring her troops to Winterfell to fight for the living, which has angered Daenerys to the point that she begins to doubt Tyrion’s intelligence as the hand of the queen.

It’s also drummed up drama between Daenerys and Sansa, who, given her complicated history with Cersei, knew it wasn’t wise to ever take her for her word. Daenerys approaches Sansa and extends an olive branch, and the two actually appear to quash their differences for a moment. That is, until, Sansa raises the question of what will happen to the north should Daenerys take the iron throne. Sansa makes it abundantly clear that she doesn’t intend to give up her home to another ruler again, and fans know that Daenerys doesn’t take kindly to those threatening her authority.

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It is revealed about half way through the episode by the remaining members of the Nights Watch and Tormund Giantsbane that they have had to go around the Night King on their way to Winterfell, and that the undead will reach the castle by morning.

The remainder of the episode is filled with emotional moments as the characters express what the feel they must before the battle.

Milesandre and Grey Worm, undoubtedly the best love story of the series, discuss where they might spend the rest of their days together should they survive. As many anticipated after the first episode, Arya makes a move on Gendry, saying that she wants to know what it’s like to be with a man before she dies.

Tyrion predictably copes by sitting in front of a fire and drinking wine, eventually garnering a group of some of the show’s best characters to join him. After a discussion about how Breanne has never been knighted despite her impeccable service, Jamie knights her himself. We see a softer side to Breanna here, as she’s faced with reconciling the feelings she’s long had for Jamie that she’s never confronted.

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We end the episode in the tombs once again, as Jon stands in front of a statue of his mother, Lyanna Stark. Daenerys joins him, sensing him withdrawing from her as he obviously grapples with the realization that he is in love with her, but she is, in fact, his aunt.

When Jon reveals this to her, she’s rightfully shaken up, but more concerned about the fact that Jon now has more of a legitimate claim than her to the Iron Throne.

Tune in next week as we recap what is sure to be an eventful battle scene on the next episode of “Game of Thrones.”

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MTV contest winner reveals details of wild weekend with Van Halen in 1984

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MTV contest winner reveals details of wild weekend with Van Halen in 1984

In 1984, MTV gave contest winner Kurt Jefferis a chance to party all weekend with his heroes: the notoriously depraved band Van Halen.

The then-fledgling music-video channel flew Jefferis and a pal from Phoenixville, Pa., to Detroit, where they met up with the band at Cobo Hall. First things first, Jefferis told The Post, “a guy handed me a bottle of Jack Daniels. I took a sip and asked for more.” After being passed a joint, “I took a couple hits and a couple more swigs of Jack Daniels.”

During the show, Jefferis got smashed in the face with cake and showered in champagne by the band members, then he went backstage where there was a feast of lobster, filet mignon and cocaine.

“I did a couple lines. Then David [Lee Roth, the singer] said, ‘I think Kurt needs Tammy,’ ” Jefferis recalled.

The groupie “took off her clothes and started dancing naked. The two of us wound up together in the shower.”

After that, things got fuzzy. Unbeknownst to MTV, Jefferis had suffered brain trauma a couple of years earlier, as a result of falling 13 feet over a stairwell, and was not equipped to handle Van Halen-level partying.

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