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Gwen and Blake: a wedding glitch

Lainey Posted by Lainey at December 11, 2019 16:30:24 December 11, 2019 16:30:24
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People Magazine

The new cover of PEOPLE this week features Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton. The headline on the cover tells us that after dating for four years, the two are ready to get married. In the article posted at PEOPLE.com, however, we find out that there’s a glitch: while they want to marry, it’s “not currently possible”. Full Story

Justin Timberlake’s promotional apology

Lainey Posted by Lainey at December 5, 2019 15:21:58 December 5, 2019 15:21:58
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The Mega Agency

No but seriously, is this an apology? Or an advance promotional opportunity for his film, Palmer? Because it starts as an apology…and ends as a plug. Isn’t that what we all want out of an apology? For someone to say sorry and then pivot to them telling you about their new project? Well, that’s how Justin Timberlake does it. Full Story

Camila and Shawn: “just two kids in love”

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 28, 2019 16:18:28 November 28, 2019 16:18:28
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Backgrid, Kevin Mazur/ Jeff Kravitz/ Rich Fury/ Matt Winkelmeyer/ Steve Granitz/ AMA2019/ Getty Images

Camila Cabello’s new album, Romance, is due out next Friday, December 6. A few tracks have already been released including, of course, her smash hit with Shawn Mendes, “Senorita”, and there’s no mistaking what the music on her second album is about: love...specifically being in love with him. Full Story

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Camila FaceTimes Shawn

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 7, 2019 18:08:11 November 7, 2019 18:08:11
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Backgrid

What does it take to believe something? This, for our purposes here, is about celebrity but it’s a question we’re all wrestling with beyond Hollywood. In Hollywood though, it’s fascinating to me what take to be the truth and what we doubt. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper have been consistently insisting that they’re not involved – and those denials have only convinced people even more that they are. Full Story

House Cambridge’s backfired environmentalism 

Lainey Posted by Lainey at August 26, 2019 16:06:44 August 26, 2019 16:06:44
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Duncan McGlynn/ Getty Images

For days and days and even more days, the British tabloids shouted about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s private jets – first to Ibiza and then to Elton John’s in the South of France. Elton then clarified that he sent his own plane to pick them up and paid the carbon tax for it. This didn’t stop the UK papers from their relentless coverage, even though so many other royals, including OG climate change activist Prince Charles and Prince William, often fly private, and more importantly, even though Prince Andrew’s connection to pedophile Jeffrey Epstein could be the biggest royal scandal in 20 years – and this is a family that knows a f-cking scandal. Full Story

Shawn & Camila: the error and the conspiracy

Lainey Posted by Lainey at August 23, 2019 14:54:21 August 23, 2019 14:54:21
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James Devaney/ Getty Images

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello will be performing “Señorita” for the first time at the MTV VMAs on Monday night. They’ve not yet, like, officially confirmed that they’re dating but they’ve also been making out in almost every city in North America all summer so, they’re dating. Full Story

Taylor becomes Tom’s story

Lainey Posted by Lainey at August 22, 2019 17:10:30 August 22, 2019 17:10:30
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Bruce Glikas/ Getty Images

Tom Hiddleston has been in New York the last few weeks performing on Broadway. He’s received great reviews for his work in Betrayal and that should be the focus. When you’re doing theatre in New York, when it’s your Broadway debut, what you want is coverage in the New York Times. And Tom was profiled by Laura Collins-Hughes for the NYT this week Full Story

Prince Andrew is “having fun”

Lainey Posted by Lainey at August 22, 2019 16:31:42 August 22, 2019 16:31:42
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Well that’s reassuring. Are you comforted by the fact that Prince Andrew is “totally chilled” and “having fun” on the golf course in Spain despite … you know… all that Jeffrey Epstein business? That’s what the Sun is telling us in their latest story about the Queen’s favourite son Full Story

Taylor Swift: albums 1 to 5, v 2.0

Lainey Posted by Lainey at August 22, 2019 15:03:00 August 22, 2019 15:03:00
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Backgrid, Janet Mayer/ Splash News, Kevin Mazur/ Getty Images

Lover, the album, drops tonight. Apparently the video for “Lover”, the song, will drop tonight too. Right now I’m more excited about the video, because of the lyrics, because of all the speculation about Joe Alwyn and their relationship, I’m wondering what Taylor Swift will be showing us, and what she’ll be hinting. Full Story

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Prince Harry’s first Father’s Day

Lainey Posted by Lainey at June 17, 2019 14:41:52 June 17, 2019 14:41:52
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Chris Jackson/ Getty Images

House Sussex – Meghan Markle, really – continues to flex on social media, grammar aside. For Father’s Day yesterday, it was another major exclusive: a new shot of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in the arms of his sire, Prince Harry. Full Story