Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Dear Gossips,

Have you seen the video of Justin Bieber getting emotional while talking about Billie Eilish? He’s one of the few people who’d understand what she’s experiencing, what fame can do to a young person, the downside of success and spotlight. 

It must have been a surreal moment for Billie because, as she shared in her carousel on Instagram, JB’s face used to be all over her bedroom: 


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And as she said in her Vogue interview of where she is now, of achieving stardom:

“I realize now that it’s everything I ever wanted.”

I appreciate that she admits to it. Few of them ever say out loud, on the record, that part of what they desired is to be known, to be celebrated, to be FAMOUS. 

That said, no one is ever really prepared for what fame can bring. And while certain people handle it better than others, I always go back to what George Clooney said, which is something I’ve been repeating on this site since I started doing this 17 years ago – fame can arrest you at the age that it arrives…although there have been exceptions. 

Taylor Swift is trying to be an exception. Beyoncé is an exception. One of the reasons Beyoncé is an exception is because at the beginning, her fame was shared. I wonder if that might make a difference for Billie. She is definitely the face of her brand but, as we know, she works closely with Finneas. He’s been with her the whole ride. And, sure, the shine isn’t as bright on him as it is on his sister, but it’s about having someone to share it with, someone who can be on that road with you, someone with whom you have a shorthand, someone you can grow with, who encourages you to grow. 

What happened to Justin is what we’ve seen happen time and again – when you hit it at 14, how do you  become the person you were always meant to be? And what does “meant to be” even mean when your identity is being shaped in real time by all the attention, all the accolades, all the hype? 

He’s been trying to figure that out for years; it’s still a work in progress. But, right now, he no longer has a moustache. 

Yours in gossip,


Domhnall Gleeson and Merritt Weaver on the run

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 18, 2020 15:30:57 February 18, 2020 15:30:57

I am still trying to make Domhnall Gleeson an Internet Boyfriend, and he continues to not cooperate by showing up places and doing things. I can’t even be sure that starring in an HBO comedy series co-produced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge will be enough to get Gleeson some Internet Boyfriend traction, that’s how uncooperative he is. Full Story

Monday, February 17, 2020

Dear Gossips,

It’s been about four years since I started mentioning BTS on this site. And, generally, I’ve been able to keep my obsession in check. But, man, the last few weeks have been out of control as we approach the release of their new album, Map of the Soul: 7.  Read Full Intro

What Else?

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 17, 2020 20:18:02 February 17, 2020 20:18:02

I love this star print blouse. I like how crisp it looks with the white pants, although they’re not cut for a person as short as me. But the red belt is a nice touch for a pop of colour. The second, third, and fourth looks in this gallery though are my dream. Full Story

Princess Kate does a podcast

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 17, 2020 19:31:58 February 17, 2020 19:31:58
Instagram/ Kensington Royal

We’ve heard Kate of House Cambridge speak in public before. Public speaking isn’t second nature to her – she’s worked at it, she’s improved, but I wouldn’t say she’s the greatest, and I’m not trying to be a bitch about that; public speaking is hard, not everyone is cut out for it, some people say they’d rather die than do it Full Story

What Robert Pattinson smells like

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 17, 2020 16:41:31 February 17, 2020 16:41:31
Francois Durand for Dior/ Getty Images

Robert Pattinson is currently shooting The Batman – a first look at him in the suit was released last week and Sarah was very much onside. There’s all kinds of time for us to talk about RP as Bruce Wayne later so let’s talk instead about him being an ambassador for Dior (it’s been a few years now) and promoting the new fragrance. Full Story

Jodie and Joshua walk the dogs

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 17, 2020 15:24:28 February 17, 2020 15:24:28

Today is Family Day in many parts of Canada. Many schools are closed. Many parents have taken the day off. In the United States it’s President’s Day. Government offices and banks are closed. Schools and most offices are closed. So it’s a lighter one – and maybe this is exactly the content you need:  Jodie Turner-Smith and Joshua Jackson were photographed walking their dogs yesterday in LA. Full Story

Friday, February 14, 2020

Dear Gossips,

Kathleen came over last night and we finally watched PS I Still Love You. It’s a good thing it’s on Netflix and not in theatres because the amount of squealing that was happening, mostly on her part, would have been a nuisance for people, even in an environment that’s rom-com friendly.  Read Full Intro

Outfit of the Week: Kerry Washington

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 14, 2020 20:28:54 February 14, 2020 20:28:54
Karwai Tang/ Jon Kopaloff/ Taylor Hill/ Rich Fury/ VF20/ George Pimentel/ Frazer Harrison/ Getty Images

Sometimes, when a look is so good, I feel violent. Like I want to whip around a room smashing things to properly express how f-cking rad an outfit is. Because a fist pump just doesn’t seem like it’s enough, you know?  This is what happened when I saw Kerry Washington show up at the Vanity Fair Oscar party and I knew, I knew it had to be the Outfit of the Week but it also took a lot of patience not to write about it until now when we do the OOTW posts. Full Story

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