Unfortunately for Jennifer Aniston, she’s had quite a few breakups in the public eye. Were she to date a banker from Iowa, she’d avoid the minefield of questions about Brad Pitt, Vince Vaughn, John Mayer, and Justin Theroux. Instead, she’s forced to not only defend her relationships, but to also defend the end of those relationships. And in an effort to fight against the media’s unfair narrative of Aniston as the sad, lonely girl who can’t keep a man, she’s pushed up against it with a consistent, opposing strategy. In a new interview with InStyle, Aniston insists she not heartbroken. This is not the first time she’s taken this route, and despite my love for all things Aniston, her comment begs an even more important question. What’s so wrong with being heartbroken, anyways?
Kate Hudson is pregnant. Ok! Magazine
Jennie Garth is getting divorced. E! Online
RHOA’s Kenya Moore is pregnant. Radar Online
Seth Meyer’s wife gave birth in their apartment lobby. Dlisted
Mariah Carey revealed her Bipolar II diagnosis. Vulture
Jamie Lynn Spears welcomed her second child. MSNBC
Olivia Culpo is back on the market. Celebuzz
Brooke Burke and David Charvet are dunzo. TMZ
Hank Baskett is always open for a reconciliation with Kendra Wilkinson. Us Weekly
Karrueche Tran and Victor Cruz make a hot couple. Daily Mail
Jesse Williams’ (Grey’s Anatomy) estranged wife has A LOT of expenses. Cafe Mom
Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum are amicably divorcing. Elle
Brad Pitt has a super hot teacher friend he swears he isn’t dating. Gossip Cop
Joanna Krupa is engaged 7 months after finalizing her divorce. Page Six
It’s no surprise that Taylor Swift took a different, “aw shucks” approach to her new “Delicate” video given that her team drastically miscalculated the direction for ‘Reputation.’ Though the record amassed huge sales, it did not enter the same zeitgeist as her previous releases, and it might have even further damaged her many PR problems. Plus, the songs were not good. I hate to be so blunt, but those are the facts. A good song could have fought her way out of the paper bag she built for herself, but that’s simply not the case.
It’s been brought to my attention via the sleuthing social-media-sphere that Swift’s video overtly overlaps with a Kenzo perfume ad directed by Spike Jonze. I watched both, and there are clear similarities. Of more interest than the possible rip-off; however, is the revelation of what the “Delicate” video was supposed to be. Upon first viewing, it seemed like unintentionally poor dance moves and hard-to-view funny faces. It wasn’t over-the-top enough to emphasize it’s awkward-girl tone so it only served to make me uncomfortable. Had the production team taken it up to the same notch as the Kenzo video, perhaps I would not have been as confused. The other glaring error here is that the video does NOT represent the song’s actual meaning. This is a song about liking a boy in the first, delicate stages of the relationship when we fear we might mess it up or that our reputation could influence his feelings. It’s not about being the awkward outsider at a party.
Now for the larger question. Does it matter that Swift’s video is may be a rip-off? It didn’t seem to matter when Beyonce ripped off Bob Fosse’s choreography for “Single Ladies,” and it also didn’t seem to matter when Beyonce lifted the choreography of Italian singer Lorella Cuccarini’s live performance at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards while performing “Run the World (Girls).” But it matters for Taylor Swift. Why? Because Swift has no PR capital left to spare. Her nice-girl demeanor was destroyed when Kim Kardashian exposed her lies about the Kanye West feud, and it certainly didn’t help when she ran off with Tom Hiddleston on the heels of a messy breakup from Calvin Harris. Though men often get the pass women do not with these types of trysts, there was too much existing damage to salvage such a choice. Her record could have resurrected her image with contrition, but her team advised her to take the opposite, “Look What You Made Me Do” direction, which was a massive misstep. Watch both below and decide for yourself.
Taylor Swift had no choice but to reference the infamous Kimye Feud
Though team Kimye said they’re too busy raising their children to address Swift’s digs, it would be impossible for Swift to have taken the high road given the massive hit her brand took for that feud. Though we know “Look What You Made Me Do” is about Kanye given the “tilted stage,” “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,” takes some more jabs.
It was so nice being friends again
There I was, giving you a second chance
But then you stabbed in the back while shaking my hand
And therein lies the issue
Friends don’t try to trick you
Get you on the phone and mind-twist you
And so I took an axe to a mended fence
It goes without saying that this verse is enraging. Let me get this straight, Taylor Swift gave Kanye West a second chance? Did Swift call actress Camilla Belle for lyric approval over a song that basically called her a whore in reference to her romance with Swift’s ex at the time, Joe Jonas (She’s an actress, whoa/She’s better known for the things that she does on the mattress, whoa)? Also, explain to me how she was mind-twisted? Oh right, because Kanye asked for permission to say he made her famous but neglected to declare he’d use the word “bitch.” Fine distinction, Taylor. Let’s not relive it.
Taylor Swift Thinks Calvin Harris is a Narcissist
On “I Did Something Bad,” Swift says “never trust a narcissist,” and “If a man talks shit, then I owe him nothing. I don’t regret it one bit, ’cause he had it coming.” As for why she’s so angry, it’s unclear, but it might have something to do with the song Harris wrote with Swift for which he later took sole credit. But it doesn’t stop there. There’s reference to flying “playboys” around the world, who “drop her name.” This is not a pretty picture, folks, but it’s also not surprising given their ugly breakup.To be fair, that might also be a Hiddleston dig given that the press leaks at the time said Swift questioned Hiddleston’s intentions. I’m also guessing the song title, “I Did Something Bad,” refers to the fact that her relationship with Tom Hiddleston overlapped with her Harris romance.
She Met Her Current Boyfriend While Still With Calvin Harris
Swift’s song, “Gorgeous,” makes it clear that she crushed on her current man from afar. In fact, she says that when they met she had an older boyfriend. The reason that’s likely Harris is because on another song, “Dress,” Swift says, “Nights back when you met me, your buzzcut and my bleached hair.” Swift had bleached hair at the Met Gala in 2016 and her new beau had a buzz cut around the same time for a movie role.
Swift’s Relationship With Tom Hiddleston Was “Cursed” From the Start
Swift suggests that Hiddleston was a rebound who broke her out of prison from her relationship with Harris, which she desperately wanted to leave. Hiddleston also somehow “poisoned the well” with one mysterious action referenced by the lyric “X marks the spot” and a “switch to the other side.”
She’s Happy, and She Wants to Keep Her Romance a Secret
“King of My Heart” calls her new boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, “the one she has been waiting for,” saying she’ll “never let [him] go.” This song also has another subtle jab at her exes, referencing the cars they drive while saying, “they never took me quite where you do.”
So is the album good? Yes. Taylor Swift is always good. She’s got a team of people who work extremely hard on making a great album, and the tone is always consistent. I slightly object to some of the hip hop elements, as it feels a little try-hard given that Swift is simply far too uncool for it. It’s also slightly over-produced, which is to be expected. The added elements often distract from the melody, and given that this record is less about heartbreak and more about reinvention, I found myself far less invested in the lyrics. When someone’s “reputation” is impacted by hard truths about their character, my listening experience is slightly dented. But as I said. It’s good. It’s always good.
Tyga made an appearance on The Breakfast Club to promote his music, and the interview quickly became a Kardashian interrogation. Though I predict this won’t get too much pick-up given his ambiguity, it’s actually far more revealing than it might seem. Below are some of the more startling revelations. Watch the video to see it in full.
- Tyga isn’t bankrupt. When asked about his finances, Tyga insists that the Kardashians are puppeteers of the press, and planted those negative stories about his life. To prove his point, he asked if we’ve read one negative story since their breakup. To be fair, it’s possible we haven’t read ANY stories, negative or positive, since people care way less about Tyga now that he’s not with Kylie Jenner.
- He claims responsibility for Kylie Jenner and Blac Chyna’s style. According to Tyga, both Kylie and Chyna got “glowed up” because of him. Their looks changed, their bodies changed, and their image therefore changed.
- Tyga warned Rob Kardashian about Blac Chyna. Though he’s not specific, it’s clear he thinks Chyna is high maintenance, and Rob is not the man for the task. When pressed for more details, Tyga simply said “you see it.” Enough said.
- Tyga won’t admit that he’s a sexual predator who left his then Baby Mamma for a fifteen year old girl. As for when he and Kylie first began dating, he says they were “friends” until she turned 18.
- He did not approve of Kylie and Kendall’s controversial t-shirts.
- He did buy Kylie a car, but she also bought him a car, which means they basically bought themselves a car.
David Arquette had another baby. E! Online
Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna are back together. Bossip
Scarlett Johansson’s ex is already bad-mouthing her. Newser
Orlando Bloom is back on the market after his Katy Perry breakup. Radar
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Kevin Jonas and his wife welcomed their second child. RTW
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Amber Rose used to date a transgender man. Shade Room
‘Birth of a Nation’ director Nate Parker was hit with another sexual assault allegation. The Wrap
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds had baby #2. E! Online
Nicole Kidman thinks she was too young to marry Tom Cruise. Yahoo
Blac Chyna tweeted Rob Kardashian’s phone number. HipHollywood
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Lindsay Lohan lost part of her finger. TMZ
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