You may not follow Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran news – either separately or together, if that’s even a thing – but the basic word on the street is that at one time, Ellie and Ed were dating, and then Ellie fucked Ed over by going off to sleep with Niall Horan from One Direction and Ed was furious and heartbroken so he wrote “Don’t” about her. Ed has actually confirmed his relationship with Ellie before in interviews, but Ellie is finally speaking up and she claims it never happened. DRAMA!
“I did go on a few dates with Niall [Horan] but I was never in a relationship with Ed [Sheeran],” the “Burn” songstress, 28, revealed in Elle UK. “I have absolutely no idea where that came from and why it was turned into such a big thing.”
“I find it so frustrating that female musicians are constantly defined by the men they have or haven’t dated. It’s something I’ve talked about with Taylor a lot,” she said, referring to “Blank Space” singer Taylor Swift, who is also pals with Sheeran. “She definitely feels that. She gets bothered by it. It’s like, you can be a great artist, you can write great songs, but the thing that everyone is going to talk about is some relationship they think you have had or not had. It’s definitely something we both think happens to female artists over male artists.”
Hmm. Now I’ve loved Ellie for years (as in, before she ever even got her record deal and was just updating demos to MySpace), and I’m a pretty staunch supporter of her in every way, but I’m not buying it. Ed Sheeran may not be the most physically attractive man in the universe, but he’s a kind and talented one and would have no trouble getting a girlfriend. Why would he bother to make an entire story up? And why about her?
After all, as he pointed out, you don’t hold hands with someone you’re just friends with:
Also, valiant effort on Ellie’s behalf in trying to turn the issue into a bigger one about sexism. It’s not just female musicians, girl – ANY woman in any field in the entire world is always pressed about relationships. It’s messed up, but it’s hardly defined her career, not nearly as much as it has other women in the biz (like Taylor, for instance). So I dunno, the whole thing is just weird. She shouldn’t have to talk about this at all, but then, why do it? Say it’s a topic that’s off the table rather than twisting the knife a bit by denying it altogether.
Y’all know I stan for Rihanna (not actually, but in spirit), but even I have to admit I’ve been a bit underwhelmed by everything we’ve heard from R8 so far. That is, except “Bitch Better Have My Money” which isn’t quite as good as some of her past singles but is still pretty good. And Kelly Clarkson apparently agrees with me, as she chose to cover “BBHMM” while in BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge yesterday.
Feast your eyes (ears) on this:
Obviously the song loses a bit of its spark given that you can’t say “bitch” on British radio at 11am, but I do love Kelly and think it’s hilarious and adorable that she decided to do this song. Also, I just had to Google how short Kelly is, because she looks downright miniature in this video. (For reference, she’s 5’3″!)
Justin Bieber has shockingly managed to avoid getting into too much trouble in the past few months, but he’s still answering for everything he did during his tour of terror over the last year or two. Most recently, he pleaded guilty to a criminal assault case involving an ATV and a paparazzo in summer 2014.
Justin appeared in a Canadian court via Skype. The singer was in the office of his lawyer, Howard Weitzman, when he pled guilty to simple assault and careless driving.
The incident went down in Ontario last summer, when Justin crashed his ATV into the minivan of a photog, who was taking pics of Justin and then-GF Selena.
The judge warned the Biebs, “The lesson in all of this is to think before you act in the future.”
The plea was a good deal for Justin. He has to pay a $750 fine and that’s it. There’s no jail, no probation. The whole thing goes away.
Bieber’s lawyer, Brian Greenspan, tells TMZ he worked with prosecutors to hammer out the deal, which he described as fair. He was quick to point out that no one was injured in the incident and the pap involved in the incident later pled guilty to trespassing.
Frankly, I’m kinda on Justin’s side on this one. Not because what he did wasn’t wrong (it was!) but because I honestly can’t imagine living that life where you can’t even enjoy time outside of “work” without being hounded by people who want to take your picture. I know, I know, it’s the life he chose and he gets millions for it, but I think any one of us would snap if we were in that position.
Why am I not surprised that Sarah Palin would a) defend Josh Duggar being a sexual predator b) try to make the issue about something else entirely by going for a “liberal” to distract from the real issue? That’s indeed what’s happened, however. You see, Sarah thinks it’s bad of us to condemn the Duggars for their deplorable behavior when Lena Dunham ostensibly molested her younger sister as a child.
I’m just going to embed Palin’s entire Facebook post here, because it’s pretty lengthy and oh, believe you me, it’s worth reading:
HEY LENA, WHY NOT LAUGH OFF EVERYONE'S SEXUAL "EXPERIMENTS" AS YOU HAUGHTILY ENJOY REWARDS FOR YOUR OWN PERVERSION? YOU…
A few observations/comments now that we’ve all made it through that:
1. Lena Dunham IS deplorable. What she did was not only completely unacceptable, but the fact that she found it “story-worthy” and an endearing anecdote to put in her memoir is disturbing. I cannot stand Dunham (for more than that reason, but that’s a MAJOR one) and I do believe what she did counts as sexual abuse.
2. That being said, Dunham’s behavior literally has zero to do with Josh Duggar’s. They don’t know one another, they’ve never met, they’re not in the same circle… I mean, what? Only Palin could turn what is an issue that affects EVERYONE into a political one. She should be ashamed of herself, but I feel like we should know by now that’s not a feeling she’s capable of.
3. The reason everyone is going after Josh Duggar – who, let’s be clear, is a SERIAL OFFENDER who continued to commit these acts of pedophilia, molestation, and incest over a NUMBER of years and seemingly thought it was funny – AND his family is because the family is in this together. Not only did they do nothing to protect their daughters – HIS VICTIMS – but they did everything to conceal what he did from everyone and have consistently lied about it since. It’s disgusting.
4. Just because Dunham did something terrible doesn’t preclude Josh Duggar from doing something terrible or anyone else, either. There’s room enough for more than one asshole in this world. Palin’s entire Republican party proves that on a daily basis. You know, if you want to make it about politics.
There have been soooooo many rumours flying around over the years about Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith‘s marriage. Many of those rumours have been about the fact that Jada and/or Will are both gay and bearding for each other, while others have been about Will cheating nonstop. Jada addressed the latter on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show yesterday (via US Weekly), saying she’s not really worried about all that because after all, he’s a grown ass man and she’s not a babysitter.
“We have traveled and you’ve gotta be strong. It takes work — you know that! Here’s the deal, Howard. You’ve gotta trust who you’re with. And at the end of the day, right, I’m not here to be anybody’s watcher. I’m not his watcher. He’s a grown man.”
“Here’s what I trust: The man that Will is… is a man of integrity. He’s got all the freedom in the world. As long as Will can look himself the mirror and be okay? I’m good.”
“When you can look in your man’s eyes and know that he’s holding you down and that he loves you. Here’s what’s real: I’m not the kind of woman that believes a man is not going to be attracted to another woman.”
“Just because a man is attracted to another woman does not mean that he does not love you. And it doesn’t mean that he’s going to act on it. If your man isn’t going to see another woman’s beauty, how the heck is he going to see yours?”
I mean, I can’t figure out if these two are just geniuses when it comes to relationship or utterly full of shit. My cynical side says the latter, but I dunno, guys. Could they possibly be the real deal?!
Poor Bobbi Kristina. As we all know, she’s been in a medically induced coma since being admitted to hospital in the beginning of this year, after she was found face-down in the bathtub of her Atlanta home. Her condition hasn’t improved since, but her family has continued to release statements of thanks for the support they’ve received from well-wishers and to update everyone on her status, despite there not being much change. Bobby Brown‘s sister, Leolah Brown, is the latest to issue a statement, which was published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution yesterday.
“We are allowing her to just continue healing in God’s Grace and Mercy,” the sister of Bobby Brown wrote in the post reported Wednesday by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Please continue to be patient with us.”
Her post continued: “We are all grateful to Almighty God for allowing us to still have Krissi with us! So with that said, let us keep our hearts and minds on Bobbi Kristina’s complete healing! While continuing in our patience. We love and appreciate you all! May God bless you all for your continued prayers.”
Again, I can only imagine how difficult it must be for the family, who I assume by now have confronted the reality that a recovery – or even Bobbi regaining consciousness – is pretty unlikely. However, there’s always that small sliver of hope, and there have been rare occurrences in which it has actually happened… so I suppose all they can do is wait until they can’t wait anymore. Really, really sad.
Caitlyn Jenner only just revealed herself to the world in an amazing Vanity Fair shoot, but now we’ve also got the first trailer for her upcoming 8-part docuseries entitled I Am Cait, which follows her throughout this transition and gives an inside glimpse at what she’s been going through over the past several months.
The series will premiere on July 26th on E! (as you do) and looks pretty interesting. I probably won’t watch it, to be totally frank, but I think it’s important that she tells her story – both for herself and for the world in general – so I think it’s great.