In the heat of an obsession, there’s nothing more satisfying than when your google alert goes off in the morning. Brandon Flowers was on BBC Breakfast today. He played a show in Leeds last night, then got up at 5am to make it to the interview, and they asked him about that, about looking so fresh when he had to sleep on the bus…which, basically, was their segue into asking him about his lifestyle – being a rock star and a family man, being a rock star and a Mormon. That’s part of the fascination for me as well. How does that work? Does it work? Are we too cynical? As he says, “it’s definitely a topic that comes up a lot”. It came during his conversation on NPR too. You can listen here but if you don’t have time, here’s an excerpt:
DAVID GREENE: So you're sober. You are a devout Mormon. You're family man, three kids, yet, you know, you're pulled by the spirit of Elvis. You, yourself, have, you know, a rock and roll kind of image, you know, and that you'll show onstage. I mean, these seem to be conflicting impulses here.
BRANDON FLOWERS: They are. I mean, I'm not without temptation or anything like that, but I - you know, I also feel like I learned a lot in the early days, having that contrast of knowing what I felt, what made me feel good and then trying to fit into this role of a - you know, of the lead singer of a rock band. You know, because I've had both of those experiences, it made it easier for me to decide which road I was going to take.
I want to know more about the “temptation”. Is that cheap?
Yours in gossip,
PS. Thanks to those of you who’ve emailed recently asking about the SMUT Soiree. Unfortunately, due to family priorities and other commitments, I’ve not been able to plan the event this summer. We are looking at some options in the fall and will give you more details if and when that’s possible. Apologies for any inconvenience this might present. I love our gossip nights. And I really, really want to make it happen.
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Taylor Swift is currently on tour. Some artists, when they’re touring, they stay on the bus, you hardly ever see them papped. Taylor Swift is on tour…and she’s been as visible as ever. After all, summertime for Taylor now means New York sidewalk runways. I would miss that. She’s doing us a service, OK? And now that she has a boyfriend, come on. Full Story
Tom Cruise is trying to make orange his colour in Georgia on the set of Mena today. I’m not sure if he’s also trying, unsuccessfully, to make himself Jon Hamm in the pants. Probably just a handkerchief. In other Tom news, remember what I said about how he endears himself to the crew? To the production? The cantankerous Alec Baldwin, who’s in the upcoming Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, claims to have quite enjoyed the Tom Cruise experience, telling The Hollywood Reporter Full Story
Archie Panjabi attended the San Andreas premiere in Hollywood yesterday. And instead of just walking the red carpet, she did stop for interviews. Here’s how this sh-t usually works – if the celebrity doesn’t want to answer certain questions about certain topics, the publicist will give you a warning. Full Story
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Brad Pitt was in New York for a couple of days, perhaps for art. Yesterday he was seen at the Whitney Museum. And at one point he agreed to take photos with some fans. Note how he kept his hands in his pockets instead of putting his arms around them? This, for some reason, cracks me up. Anyway, Brad is now back in LA. Full Story
I read a headline this morning about Cary Fukunaga. He was supposed to direct the film adaptation of Stephen King’s It but has now dropped out over creative differences. Click here for more details. You remember Cary took over the Emmy Awards last year when he won for directing True Detective and everyone lost their minds because they saw his face.
So then I did an image search and it turns out I missed him at the MET Gala. With shorter hair. Two weeks before that he was at the Tribeca Film Festival though and the bun was intact. I think I might prefer the bun.
Welcome back from Memorial Day weekend to those of you in America. It was a full blog here yesterday so if you’re easing back into it, please scroll down to get caught up.
Yours in gossip,
Justin Bieber posted the photo below on Instagram this afternoon: Vindicate me, my god, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked. - Psalms 43 I'm not religious nor do i think I have ANYTHING figured out that's why I call out on God to help me through what I can't do on my own. Developing my relationship with God has been the coolest thing I've experienced, to know that I'm not alone and I don't have to live in fear. Never feel like I'm pushing anything on u but sharing the good news I've felt in my own life. Full Story
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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard left Australia yesterday – click here to see shots of them trying to avoid paps in their car on the way to their private jet. Earlier in the day, the Australian senate held a meeting to decide whether or not he would be charged for violating the quarantine when they snuck their dogs into the country a few weeks ago. Full Story
Last month, Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill were exchanging messages on Instagram and posting pictures of a giant heart shaped ring suggesting that they’re engaged. Apparently they’re not engaged. The ring is legit. But it doesn’t mean marriage. Meek gave an interview to The Fader, with Nicki present during most of it, and clarified the situation: "(The ring is) definitely real. Full Story
If you need it today, there is kindness in the world (Dlisted)
Ciara for Roberto Cavalli (Just Jared)
Kristen Stewart and Alicia Cargile get handsy on Memorial Day (Cele|bitchy)
Taylor Swift’s potential new material (Celeb Dirty Laundry)
Without those ears on her head, how similar are her stage costumes to Taylor Swift’s? (Hollywood Tuna)
Selena Gomez’s falling-apart jeans (Popoholic)
Did not love this jumpsuit on Marion Cotillard (Go Fug Yourself)
Amy Schumer made an unwatchable show almost watchable (Jezebel)
You think Zac Efron’s brother still stands by these words? (College Candy)
There was a screening for Southpaw in Cannes on Friday. And some reported that Rachel McAdams was there alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. But on Saturday she was in Muskoka, 2 or so hours outside of Toronto, for her sister Kayleen’s wedding. Pretty sure, given how close she is to her family, that she wouldn’t have risked missing it to rush to France and come back on a tight turnaround. Full Story