Today's Evil Beet Gossip

Amanda Bynes posted a new selfie on Twitter

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Amanda Bynes has been keeping it pretty low key lately (or at least the past few weeks), it seems – at least as far as the media attention goes – and hopefully that’s a sign that she’s doing better. Unfortunately, with mental illness, it’s a life-long struggle that you don’t just wake up one day completely recovered from – it doesn’t work like that. However, now she’s posted a new selfie in which she is looking lucid (and fashionable?) and hopefully it’s a sign that she’s on her meds and doing well.

Here’s the big part of this story, though, for me. US Weekly posted this photo with the caption, “Get it, girl! Amanda Bynes appears healthy, slim in new photo!” Uh… yes, she does appear slim, as she has battled with a severe eating disorder for many years. Who in the hell thinks that’s in good taste? This kind of publicity is exactly what reenforces this disordered behaviour. Like, what?

Anyway, I hope Amanda IS feeling healthier and on the path to a bit more normalcy, to say the least.

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Kourtney Kardashian is having a boy!

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I’m sure you’ve all been holding your breath for the last several months, ever since Kourtney Kardashian announced her third pregnancy, wondering what she would have. Will Mason and Penelope welcome a little brother or a sister? The excitement is all too much to handle!!!

I mean, it’s not, but whatever. Spoiler alert: She’s having another boy! She revealed the news during Sunday night’s episode of Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons, because life doesn’t really happen for this family if it’s not documented on a camera and aired on E!.

“I’m so happy we’re having a boy. It’s going to be perfect for our family.”

Well… cool? But I’m sure it would have been perfect for your family if it was a girl, too. Either way, congrats and all that. Another Kardashian in the world can never be a bad thing. LOL.

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Chris Brown on ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran: “F**k that bitch!”

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Once again, Chris Brown has proven that he truly knows how to treat women. Take his girlfriend – well, once again ex-girlfriend – Karrueche Tran. Only a month ago, she was rumoured to be pregnant with his child, an idea which clearly he was into, but now they’re finished and Chris has one thing to say about the relationship: “Fuck that bitch!”

From TMZ:

It all went down at Power 106′s annual Cali Christmas … when halfway through Brown’s set the singer asked the crowd if there were any single women in the house.

After a brief pause, you hear Chris say, “I’m single too!” … he then throws a heaping pile of shade at his now ex-girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, saying, “F*** that b****!”

Well, what a lovely sentiment. He also posted a photo of himself with Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner sitting on his lap and hanging all over him. Of course they’re into him.

Anyhoo, you have to wonder – what went wrong?! How could this blessed union between Chris and Karrueche have gone awry? Well, here’s what Chris said on Instagram, though he later deleted the post:

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Huh. Well, okay. So it took him nearly 6 months after getting out of prison to get mad about the fact that she didn’t visit him more than once while he was in there? I mean, obviously this is all a hot ass mess, but whatever. What’s Karrueche got to say about it all?

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Oh, whatever with all of this. I’m sure they’ll be back together in a few weeks, anyway.

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Mark Wahlberg wants you (and the law) to forget that he assaulted a man and left him blind

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Mark Wahlberg may be a successful Hollywood actor and a doting husband and dad now, but he wasn’t always on the straight and narrow. During his younger years, he was a bit of a thug in the truest sense, and drugs and crime were the name of the game and he got into some serious trouble. The worst of it seems to be a 1988 incident in which he assaulted a man and left him permanently blind. Well, he wants us – and the law – to forget all that now and he hopes to have it removed from his criminal record.

From NECN:

The movie superstar, now 43, has filed an application with the Massachusetts Board of Pardons, hoping to get his criminal record erased.

“I am deeply sorry for the actions that I took on the night of April 8, 1988, as well as for any lasting damage that I may have caused the victims,” Wahlberg wrote in his pardon application. “Since that time, I have dedicated myself to becoming a better person and citizen so that I can be a role model to my children and others.”

Wahlberg says in the application, filed Nov. 26, that on April 8, 1988, he tried to steal two cases of alcohol from a man outside a convenience store on Dorchester Avenue, hitting him over the head with a stick and then punching another man in the face as he fled from police.

There are far more details on the original source if you’re so inclined to read it. However, another piece on the incident on The Boston Globe website also makes note of an incident 2 years prior, in 1986, in which Wahlberg and a friend followed two 9-year-old black school girls on a field trip, threw rocks at them and hurled racial slurs. Lovely.

Frankly, Mark Wahlberg has always struck me as a right dickhead, and while I’m sure he’s changed in some way – because people are capable of it, especially when millions of dollars are on the line – but like… I dunno. A person who has that in them in the first place would have to do a LOT of work on themselves – and perhaps with mental health professionals – to truly say they’ve changed. Has Mark Wahlberg? Eh, I dunno if that’s for any of us to decide.

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Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green got hit by a drunk driver

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Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green could have been seriously injured this week, but don’t worry – they’re actually okay. They were out driving in Los Angeles on Friday when a drunk driver switched lanes and swiped their Range Rover. Thankfully they weren’t hurt at all, but they could have been – and the possibility has really left them shaken up.

“It could have ended horribly. We were talking about it today, on the way to run errands. I was saying, ‘We’re really lucky,” Green, 41, told Us at the 6th Annual Night of Generosity Gala in Beverly Hills on Friday, Dec. 5. “He was going 50 miles an hour, and we were going 25 down the street, and we hit head?on. The inertia of that is is life changing. That’s life changing for us.”

The couple’s two sons Noah, 2, and Bodhi, 9 months, were luckily not in the car at the time. Still, Green and 28-year-old Fox (who was in the passenger seat) were shaken up by the incident. “[The driver] hit the air bag. I got out of the car. I shook hands with the man,” Green explained. “The cars did their jobs.”

“That being said, he came around the corner very fast,” the actor continued. “Let alone, I’ve heard, he had a few drinks.” As previously reported, Green called the cops at the scene and the drunk driver was then taken into custody.

Huh. Well, it’s a good job nobody was hurt. I still will never, ever understand why people get behind the wheel when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It really boggles my mind. If you had the money to go out buying alcohol, you’ll have the money to call a damn taxi home so that you don’t take someone’s life – or possibly your own.

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Taylor Swift is single so that no one gets hurt

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Hot on the heels of new rumours about her alleged dalliances with man and woman alike, Taylor Swift‘s cover story for Billboard has been released, in which she insists she’s staying single because that way, no one’s getting hurt. Of course, this is a pretty callous way to live and also a pretty lonely one, and no doubt she’ll change her tune when she next falls in love, but for now, this is how she feels:

Billy Joel recently said that one reason he stopped writing songs was because people started reading too much of his personal life into his lyrics. Has the way everyone plays connect the dots with your songs become a hindrance to your writing?

I’ve been dealing with it for so many years now that I expect the media to do it, I expect fans to do it. Human curiosity is never to be underestimated. But I don’t have anyone whose feelings are on the line except for me. If I was in love with someone right now, I don’t know how I would handle everyone else weighing in on our stories, because when you’re in a relationship there are a lot of secrets and a lot of sacred moments that you don’t want to divulge. I, however, am 24, perfectly happy being alone, and one of the reasons I’m perfectly happy being alone is that no one gets hurt this way.

Huh. Well, if that’s what you want, Taylor. But at least you’ve got lots of famous friends around you. How did you get to know all of these women, if you don’t mind sharing?

You have assembled this salon of really famous women around you — Lorde and Lena and Karlie. How did you build this posse?

Every one of my friendships has a unique and odd beginning. I was watching Girls and I thought, “How mind-blowing is it that this girl is writing, directing and acting in this incredibly profound, raw, authentic view of being a woman in your mid-20s?” So I went to Lena’s Twitter and she was following me. I saw her quoting my lyrics. At first I was afraid, because I thought she was being ironic or making fun of me. Then I looked down further and she’s talking about my music all the time. So I followed her, and immediately got a direct message back saying, “When can we hang out? We need to be best friends.”

With Ella — Lorde — her album came out and I thought it was amazing, so I sent her flowers and congratulated her on a great first week. And I get this text message from one of our mutual friends, [Rookie editor/actress] Tavi Gevinson, and she says, “Lorde is freaking out because she said some stuff about you in an interview and she feels so terrible.” She essentially had said that I’m too perfect or something like that — something that did not even mildly offend me, that I thought was cute. She felt so bad about it, so I said, “It’s no big deal. We should hang out sometime.” We met up in New York and walked to a park near my hotel, and we ate Shake Shack burgers and got attacked by monster squirrels who wanted our food. I could keep going — Karlie and I met at the Victoria’s Secret show …

Did you set out to gather these strong females around you? How much is accidental and how much is it because it was the right moment for that?

I never thought too hard about it, but you’ll notice a lot of celebrity-type people tend to surround themselves with people whose lives revolve around them. You’ll have a posse of these exciting and fashionable cling-ons, and it’s because those celebrities need to be fawned over.

I feel uncomfortable being the No. 1 priority in my friends’ lives — I want to be there to make their lives more fun, if they need to talk, to be there for spontaneous and exciting adventures, but I don’t want friends who don’t have a life outside of me. So whether it’s Karlie, who loves what she does in fashion, or Lily Aldridge or Lena or my [childhood] friend Abigail, whose job is making sure that veterans get their compensation checks, the one thing they all have in common is that they love what they do. They have me in their life because they want me in their life, not because they gain from it.

I love this last part in particular – she’s so spot on. You really DO see celebrities with “friends” that will kiss their asses 24/7 (because literally they have nothing else to offer – and I know a few people who are in that very position) so it’s really good to hear that acknowledged by someone with the awareness to recognize it despite the fact that she could be in that position herself.

The whole interview is worth reading, particularly if you’re a Tay Swift fan (and even if you’re not) – click over to the source to check it out, if that’s your thing.

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Fifth Harmony cover ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’

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Maybe you’ve heard of Fifth Harmony, maybe you haven’t. They won the US version of The X Factor before it was canceled and released a single called ‘Boss’ earlier this year that was actually pretty good if you ignore the idiotic lyrics (“Boss/Michelle Obama/Purse so heavy/Gettin’ Oprah dollars”). Now they’re covering one of the most iconic Christmas songs of all time: Mariah Carey‘s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’:

I want to like this version, I really do. I want to not want to be constantly distracted by Camila’s awkwardness (the one that looks like a bird). I want these girls to do well because America is not into girl bands and I do think they’re talented… but yeah, I dunno. This one doesn’t work for me.

Though it is arguably better than what happened at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting this week…

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