Obsessed Taylor Swift fan ploughs car into her New York home in attempt to contact the pop star

An obsessed Taylor Swift fan has been arrested after ploughing his car into the singer’s New York City apartment building.

The man was taken into custody after allegedly driving the wrong way down Swift’s street, reversing into the building and hitting a fire hydrant, before attempting to rip an intercom off the wall.

According to TMZ, the suspect had been “mumbling” about the Red singer when he got out of the car and was swiftly arrested after bystander called the police.

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He allegedly told officers he refused to leave unless he spoke to Swift.

The publication states the man is facing charges for criminal mischief and DWI as he was reportedly under the influence of alcohol. He was also sent to the hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

It remains unclear if Swift, 32, was in her home at the time of the incident.

The Grammy Award-winning star has been the victim of repeat attempted break-ins and obsessed stalkers in the past.

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In August last year, a different man was busted trying to break into Swift’s NYC apartment and later professed his love for her in court.

Another obsessed fan was arrested in 2019 after attempting to enter Swift’s mansion in Rhode Island and in 2018, Page Six reported a man had broken into her townhouse and took a shower before sleeping in one of her beds.

And in 2016, a man was taken into custody after tailing the singer’s vehicle while she was being driven to the airport in Texas.

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Michael Madsen speaks for first time about death of son Hudson: ‘I can’t grasp what happened’

Actor Michael Madsen expressed his “shock” at the untimely death of his son, Hudson, saying he’s trying to “make sense” of the tragedy.

Hudson, 26, died in Hawaii on January 23, with the medical examiner ruling it a suicide.

He was one of three children the Reservoir Dogs star shared with his wife of 26 years, DeAnna.

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“I am in shock as my son, whom I just spoke with a few days ago, said he was happy — my last text from him was ‘I love you dad,'” the 64-year-old actor said in a statement to The Los Angeles Times.

“I didn’t see any signs of depression. It’s so tragic and sad. I’m just trying to make sense of everything and understand what happened.

“He had typical life challenges that people have with finances, but he wanted a family.

“He was looking towards his future, so it’s mind blowing. I just can’t grasp what happened.”

Hudson’s family confirmed his death on Tuesday in a statement which read: “We are heartbroken and overwhelmed with grief and pain at the loss of Hudson.

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“His memory and light will be remembered by all who knew and loved him. We ask for privacy and respect during this difficult time.”

Hudson died on the island of Oahu, where he had been living with his wife Carlie since 2019.

His father — known for his roles in Kill Bill, The Hateful Eight and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — has three other children from his previous relationships.

If you or anyone you know needs immediate support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or via lifeline.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.

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Dolly Parton names Keith Urban as her dream duet partner but tells Nicole Kidman ‘I’m not trying to hit on him’

Dolly Parton has revealed her dream duet partner is none other than Aussie country music superstar Keith Urban.

After praising the singer’s talents, the music icon jokingly told Urban’s wife Nicole Kidman she wasn’t “trying to hit on him”.

The admission came during an interview with Good Morning America, where Parton was promoting her newest business venture — a line of Southern-inspired boxed cake mixes — and her upcoming new album.

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When first asked who would be her dream person to duet and make a dessert with, the 76-year-old replied with a laugh: “Any of the good lookin’ ones.”

After a moment of thought, Parton said: “I love Keith Urban”

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“I’ve always thought that he was one of the most talented and cutest guys in the world — I’m not trying to hit on him, cause he’s got Nicole [Kidman] and who could beat that, she’s Jolene,” she said.

Parton and Urban recorded together on the ‘9 to 5’ singer’s 2005 album, Those Were the Days, on the track ‘The Twelfth of Never’.

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Since then, they have shared the stage on a couple of occasions, including hosting the Music City Jam in Nashville back in February 2006.

Urban then called on Parton to perform at his charity benefit concert in October 2010.

The pair took to the stage together at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville for the We’re All For The Hall benefit concert, along with singers such as John Mayer, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Alan Jackson.

British comedian and actor Barry Cryer dies, aged 86

Beloved British comedian, actor and writer Barry Cryer has died, aged 86.

His representatives confirmed the news on Thursday.

Cryer was born in Leeds, UK, in 1935 and enjoyed a career across several decades on stage, screen, radio and was considered among the best in the business, up there with names such as Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett and Sir Billy Connelly.

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The performer also wrote jokes for a number of household names, including The Two Ronnies, Bob Hope, Tommy Cooper, and Morecambe and Wise.

He regularly appeared on panel shows, including Just A Minute, Jokers Wild and Would I Lie To You and was part of BBC Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue for more than four decades, since it started in 1972.

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However, he was perhaps best known for his long-running partnership with the late Sir David Frost, with whom he most famously collaborated on BBC show The Frost Report.

Cryer was no stranger to royalty either, having been made an OBE in 2001 and rubbing shoulders with the Duchess of Cornwall in recent years, as she promoted literacy at engagements in London.

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In 2018, Cryer received a lifetime achievement award from the British Music Hall Society for his comedy career.

Just last month, he launched the new podcast Now, Where Were We? with his son Bob, which features guests including Stephen Fry, Danny Baker and Miriam Margolyes.

Fry, broadcaster Piers Morgan and writer Neil Gaiman were among those leading the tributes.

“Such sad news, one of the absolute greats of British comedy, Barry Cryer, is no more,” Fry wrote on Twitter.

“A glorious, gorgeous, hilarious and gifted writer and performer who straddled all the comic traditions. Universally beloved … farewell, Baz.”

“RIP Barry Cryer, 86. Such a warm, funny and talented man. A giant of British comedy. Thanks for all the laughs, Barry,” Morgan tweeted.

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Gaiman tweeted about his brief time working with the performer.

“I’m so so so sorry to hear this. I only worked with Barry Cryer once, on the @BBCRadio4 Anansi Boys – and he wasn’t in the broadcast version, as he was unwell.

“But being in the room and watching him act and tell jokes was an utter joy. #RIPBarry.”

Broadcaster Gyles Brandreth said Cryer was “just the loveliest guy; funny and generous”.

“Barry Cryer was the real deal,” actor and writer Mark Gatiss began on Twitter.

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“An incredibly funny man who worked with – and wrote for – the giants of comedy.

“Yet he remained forever curious and delighted by whatever was fresh and original. Kind, encouraging, generous and a one off.”

Cryer became a great-grandfather in 2017 and had four children — sons Tony, Dave and Bob, and a daughter Jackie — after marrying Theresa Donovan in 1962.

Dame Judi Dench reveals she suffered a ‘frightful fall’ at home and was stuck without help for 30 minutes

Dame Judi Dench has recalled a terrifying incident where she fell over while home alone and was stuck for 30 minutes without help.

The 87-year-old spoke about her “frightful fall” after tripping over carpet, and confessed she even turned to her pet parrot for help during the ordeal.

In an interview with Saga magazine, Dench said it was a sobering reminder of how she is losing her independence in her old age.

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“I had a frightful fall not long ago. I tripped over the carpet, and there was nobody in the house and I was lying on the ground unable to get up for half an hour,” the Skyfall actress revealed.

“I have a wonderful parrot who kept saying, ‘What are you doing? What are you doing?’ This is when you need a very convenient parrot who would phone somebody, but she didn’t.”

While Dench said she initially felt hopeless, she was able to get up of her own accord half an hour after the fall.

The James Bond star lives several miles away from her boyfriend David Mills, 77, while her daughter Finty and grandson Sam live nearby.

Despite being aged in her late 80s, Dench said she struggled to accept she was no longer as independent as she used to be.

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“It’s just something you have to live with,” she continued. “But you want to be independent — and it’s very, very difficult.”

British-born Dench has had a glittering 60-year career in Hollywood, starring in seven James Bond films and landing iconic roles in movies such as Chocolat and Shakespeare in Love.

Last year, the actress revealed how she has maintained a successful film career as an octogenarian despite losing her sight due to age-related macular degeneration.

“You find a way of just getting about and getting over the things that you find very difficult,” Dench told The Guardian.

“I’ve had to find another way of learning lines and things, which is having great friends of mine repeat them to me over and over and over again. So I have to learn through repetition, and I just hope that people won’t notice too much if all the lines are completely hopeless!”

Fame and Melrose Place actor Morgan Stevens found dead inside his home

Morgan Stevens has been found dead inside his home. 

According to TMZ, the actor’s neighbour called police to do a welfare check after they had not heard from Stevens in days. When police arrived at the home, they discovered Stevens’ body in his kitchen. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police reportedly do not suspect any foul play and believe Stevens died from natural causes. He was 70.

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Stevens appeared on some iconic TV shows during his career. He was best known for his stint on the series Fame, playing teacher David Reardon for two seasons. He also had recurring roles in the popular series Melrose Place, in which he played Nick Diamond, the lawyer for the notorious Jack Parezi (played by Antonio Sabàto Jr.

The actor also made cameos on Murder, She Wrote, One Day at a Time, Murder One and Walker, Texas Ranger.

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Away from the camera, Stevens made headlines in the ’90s when he was the alleged victim of police brutality after he was arrested for a suspected DUI. According to TMZ, Stevens was waiting in his jail cell for 90 minutes where he refused to hand back the shirt that was given to him.

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This was when he alleged two jail employees kicked and beat him, leaving him with an broken nose, fractured cheek, dislocated jaw and nerve damage. The actor later sued and won, with a settlement reached behind closed doors.

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Evangeline Lilly reflects on ‘transformative’ moment she shaved her head in empowering Instagram video

Evangeline Lilly has reflected on the time she decided to shave off all her hair in a “transformative” moment she later shared on Instagram.

In an interview with 9Honey Celebrity, the Lost alum said she was going through a period of change in her life and it felt natural to shed her hair in the process.

“I was going through a really transformative time myself where I was shedding some old pain and trauma, and trying to step into a new life and light and freedom,” the 42-year-old recalls.

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“On the superficial level, I always wanted to shave my head since I was a teenager and Sinéad O’Connor did it. I always just thought that was a cool look on a woman,” she laughs before adding on a serious note, “And then in a more cathartic sense and emotionally it was also a letting go, and just like a release and it felt so freeing.”

As fate would have it, 12 months after picking up the razor, Lilly was cast in Aharon Keshales’ new drama South of Heaven, in which she was able to fully embrace her new look while in character. 

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“I think a lot of people mix them up and think, ‘Oh, she did it for the role.’ But I didn’t,’ she says. “I shaved my head a year before we did the film.”

South of Heaven also stars Jason Sudekis, who plays an ex-con who is released from prison after serving 12 years for armed robbery. Upon his release, he reconnects with his girlfriend Annie (played by Lilly), who is now dying from cancer, and vows to give her the best final year of her life.

Previously playing kickass roles in the groundbreaking series Lost, as well as strong female characters in films such as The Hurt Locker and Ant-Man, Lilly was delighted to go back to basics and play the raw and very real Annie.

“I felt like I could just come into a scene and take a big deep breath, centre myself and just relax and be,” she says. “When I’m playing these tough characters, I have to come to set all relaxed and cool and then pump myself up and do some push-ups and run around and get my sweat on and my intensity up.

“So it was nice to play a character and sit back and find that peaceful place inside and work from that peaceful side instead of working from a place of intensity.”

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Lilly also loved working with Sudekis, who took on a more serious persona on set to get into character as a reformed criminal. 

“It was such a surprise. He was so method and so serious, it took me completely off-guard — it was not what I expected,” she admits. “Of course, I expected was much more of the kind of goofy, silly, lovable, charming Jason Sudekis that we all know and love from his previous work, so even Aharon, the director, was surprised and we had to do a 180.

“It actually changed the tone of the film, and we pivoted and found different ways to express Annie and also different ways to approach scenes based on what Jason was bringing.”

The co-stars got along so well on and off set that Lilly felt more comfortable filming a bedroom scene with Sudekis than in any other intimate scene she’s filmed before. 

“I would say out of all the scenes I’ve ever done, where I’ve had to do physical intimacy with a man on screen, it was probably the one where I felt the most rehearsed, the most confident, the most at ease, the most relaxed,” she tells 9Honey Celebrity.

“I think it was partly because the scene was well-written in the end and it felt really true and authentic and partly because Jason is such a consummate professional and gentleman and very, very trustworthy. And partly because of my own personal growth and the work I had done within myself in previous years to really know how to assert what I needed in that scene. 

“In the end it did, it felt magical when you’re really in a moment and things are really working. It’s like the molecules of the room change and everyone in the room can feel it. It was such a beautiful scene.”

South of Heaven is now available on DVD and to rent or buy across all digital platforms.

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This video of Kaley Cuoco getting pranked with a cockroach infestation will make your skin crawl

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

Kaley Cuoco had a fairly horrific start to the day on Wednesday when she entered her trailer only to find her bathroom infested with cockroaches — or so it seemed.

The actress, who is currently filming season two of Flight Attendant, was the victim of a major prank by the show’s stylist, Jayde Moon.

In videos filmed by Moon and reposted to Cuoco’s Instagram Stories, the former Big Bang Theory star can be heard letting out a blood-curdling scream. On closer inspection, the 36-year-old’s trailer bathroom is full of about 30 fake cockroaches stuck to the shower, sink, toilet, walls and floor. Horrific. Watch the video above.

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“Alright, I’m in Kaley’s trailer. Lots of disgusting cockroaches in here,” Moon said from Cuoco’s bathroom in one of the videos.

Moon then waited outside, looking excited, listening for Cuoco’s reaction. After hearing the star scream, she entered the trailer and saw the actress running from the bathroom towards a chair on the other side of the trailer.

“I hate you so much,” Cuoco yelled at Moon.

After recovering, Cuoco filmed and shared her own videos, showing her Instagram followers all the cockroaches she found.

“It never ends. I live in constant fear around here lol,” she said.

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Last year, Cuoco announced she and husband Karl Cook had split after three years of marriage.

“Despite a deep love and respect for one another, we have realised that our current paths have taken us in opposite directions,” they said in a joint statement.

The pair added they hoped to keep their separation “private” and be “forthcoming in our truth together.”

They clarified “there is no anger or animosity, quite the contrary” and said the split was a mutual decision made through an “immense amount” of “respect and consideration.”

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Janet Jackson addresses rumours she welcomed secret baby with then-husband James DeBarge in ’80s

Janet Jackson has addressed the long-standing rumour she had a secret baby with then-husband James DeBarge back in the ’80s.

The singer is set to discuss the claims in her upcoming self-titled documentary, Janet Jackson, with a teaser clip showing Jackson opening up about the matter.

“I could never keep a child away from James. How could I keep a child from their father? I could never do that. That’s not right,” the 55-year-old said in the clip.

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Jackson recalled the rumour was first sparked in 1984 on the set of the TV show, Fame. 

“A lot of the kids thought I was pregnant ’cause I had gained weight and I had started taking birth control pills,” said Jackson, who played Cleo Hewitt in the series. “And back then, you could pick up weight taking them, and that’s what happened to me, so that rumour started going around.”

Her co-star on the show, Debbie Allen, also features on the doco, in which she recalled being shock about the speculation.

“These were rumours that were just flying around, honey, like hash in a diner,” Allen said on camera. “Where was the baby? Nobody saw a baby. I mean, she was there with us all day, every day. Where was the baby?”

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Elsewhere in the doco, Jackson opened up about her short-lived marriage to RnB singer DeBarge.

The couple were married for one year in 1984 before their annulment in 1985, with Jackson — who was 18 at the time — saying they eloped because she wanted to seek independence from her father and manager, Joe Jackson.

According to Jackson, the couple split after she found out he had allegedly been using drugs.

“I was just incredibly innocent,” she says with tears in her eyes in the documentary. “It’s just, to me, hurtful for someone to see that and just try to take advantage of it.”

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Actor Damian Lewis speaks publicly for first time following death of ‘perfect’ wife Helen McCrory

Actor Damien Lewis has spoken out publicly for the first time since the death of wife Helen McCrory, who died from cancer nine months ago.

The Billions alum got emotional as he paid tribute to the late actress during a poetry reading at the National Theatre in London overnight.

The event, titled A Poet For Every Day Of The Year, was based on the poetry of Allie Esiri and featured readings from some of McCrory’s colleagues and friends. The 900-strong audience was also played a recording of the actress reading a poem from the previous year’s event. 

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“This evening is dedicated to her and it’s perfect, because Helen loved the National Theatre,” Lewis told the crowd, which included the couple’s two children: daughter Manon, 15, and son Gulliver, 14. “One person whose thunder would absolutely not be stolen was Helen McCrory.”

According to The Guardian, Lewis read the evening’s final verse, Everything Is Going to Be All Right, by Irish poet Derek Mahon.

“There will be dying, but there is no need to go into that … The sun rises in spite of everything … Everything is going to be all right,” he read.

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McCrory — best known for playing Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise and Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders — died in April 2021 following a battle with cancer, aged 52. It was Lewis who shared the sad news on social media. 

“I’m heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family,” Lewis wrote on Twitter.

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“She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you.”

The couple met in 2003 and married in 2007 at the Kensington and Chelsea Registry Office. They were married for 14 years before McCrory’s passing. 

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Julia Stiles welcomes baby boy with husband Preston J Cook: ‘Infinite love’

Actress Julia Stiles has given birth to a baby boy!

The 10 Things I Hate About You star welcomed her second child with husband Preston J Cook, a son named Arlo, and announced the happy news on Instagram.

“Welcome to the world, Baby Arlo! The newest addition to our family, reminding me how infinite love can be,” Stiles, 40, captioned a photo of her newborn son’s feet.

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In a second photo, Stiles shared a hilarious photo of how her four-year-old son Strummer reacted to the news he is now a big brother.

“Scroll Forward to see how my 4-year-old is taking it…” she wrote, alongside a photo of her toilet seat defaced with red marker.

Stiles confirmed she was expecting a second child in November after debuting her baby bump at a movie premiere.

The now mother-of-two tied the knot with Cook in 2017 when she was pregnant with Strummer.

Stiles announced news of her wedding with a tongue-in-cheek Instagram post, writing: “Who doesn’t love a shotgun wedding?”

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The pair met during filming for Stiles’ 2015 film Go With Me, for which Cook worked as a camera assistant.

Stiles and Cook became engaged later that year on Christmas Eve.

After welcoming her first son Strummer, Stiles hit back as “mummy shamers” who trolled the actress for how she was holding him as a newborn.

Instagram users accused Stiles of improperly putting her five-week-old son in a carrier in a photo she had posted online.

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“It was brought to my attention that in the previous photo I am not holding my baby correctly. Wow, I didn’t expect that,” Stiles responded to the reaction from fellow parents.

“What was supposed to be a shout out of products I like suddenly becomes an invitation to comment on my baby, and my ability as a mother. That’s the internet for you, the carnivorous plant from Little Shop of Horrors.”

She continued: “I was trying to keep as much of my son’s image private, including, I guess, his little feet. And it was just a photo taken at home, not how I normally carry him around. Thanks for the concern, anyway.”

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Kim Kardashian deletes bikini photo after fans accuse her of photoshopping image

Kim Kardashian may have deleted an Instagram photo that was seemingly photoshopped, but the image is still circulating the internet after a fan account managed to take a screenshot.

In her post, the 41-year-old modelled a swimsuit on the beach from her new Skims collection.

“Long time no sea,” she captioned a series of images of herself wearing black bikini bottoms, a long-sleeved top and black gloves.

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But it wasn’t the cossie fans couldn’t stop looking at. Followers couldn’t help but notice Kardashian’s leg appeared warped and in one image as it curved behind her right knee.

“Who Photoshopped her leg like that,” one follower commented on the original post, with another writing, “babe is your leg okay.”

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The former reality TV star then swiftly deleted her post before reposting the images, with the same caption but sans distorted photo, however it was too late as more fans had caught on.

“Kim what happened to your leg?” asked one, while another hinted, “Kim, Kim, Kim… Your right leg is, uh…”

Meanwhile, forums were also going off over on Reddit, with one fan asking: “What is with her right leg in between her knee and calf. It looks thin and stretched out?”

“Honestly. I can’t imagine being so self conscious about my ‘image’ that I would feel the need to photoshop my upper calf,” another commented, while one wrote: “I honestly hate how they still photoshop their pics.. and like atleast put some effort into the photo shop if you’re going to do it.”

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Darren Hayes releases first song in more than a decade with Let’s Try Being In Love: ‘Proud of the gay me’

Darren Hayes is back.

The Australian singer has released his first single in more than a decade, Lets Try Being in Love.

The former Savage Garden frontman will return to Australia to perform at the 2022 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on March 5. 

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The video for ‘Let’s Try Being in Love’ premiered today and is expected to be a hit.

Hayes — who married Richard Cullen in 2005 — doesn’t hold back in the ’70s-style clip, which plays out more like a movie.

Hayes is attending a dinner party with what appears to be his female love interest but he only has eyes for the male host, played by Scott Evans (brother of Hollywood star Chris Evans).

In a fantasy sequences, Hayes kisses and caresses the man in what could be described as his most raw, and brutally honest, video of his nearly 30-year career.

“In the music video I’m looking back on that first period of my life where I’m married to a woman,” Hayes says.

“I’m realising that in order to be free I have to destroy something beautiful and innocent.

“Scott’s character represents the freight train of my future sexuality and that’s gonna emerge no matter what.

“I wanted to show I love the feminine in me, be proud of the gay me.

“There’s a dance scene that is so passionate, everything’s alive and thriving and blooming. That’s how I feel in general about music. And that’s a hugely sharp contrast to how I felt 10 years ago.

“I didn’t have plans to make music, it just kind of happened in a really wonderful, organic way. This whole period of being away from the public eye, taking time out was a choice.”

The song itself is a return to Hayes’ love of ’80s pop.

For the first time ever, his new project is entirely arranged, produced, composed and performed by Hayes himself, and the single teases an era that is set to represent Hayes at his most artistically fulfilled.

Inspired by queer icons including Patrick Cowley and Shep Pettibone, ‘Let’s Try Being In Love’ has the obvious romanticism threaded beautifully throughout, while 2017’s Call Me By Your Name also gave special inspiration for how Hayes approached this particular song.

Thematically, ‘Let’s Try Being In Love’ (and the video in particular), serves as a reflection from a man on life, love, regret and realisation.  

“I’ve been married to Richard for almost 17 years, I’m in this really comfortable place in my life,” Hayes says.

“But at the same time at mid-life I’m grieving the fact I never got to celebrate who I really was at the period of my life where I was most famous.

“I look at this world we live in now where someone like Lil Nas X can push forward his true self, full of pride and self-love and have the chance to be loved for who he truly is. I was realising with great sadness that I didn’t get that experience. A lot of the time I was my most famous, I was deeply sad.”

Hayes, who will celebrate his 50th birthday in May, says he is thrilled about returning to Australia to perform.

“I couldn’t be more excited to return to Australia to headline the 2022 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade,” Hayes says.

“Last year, I was in awe, along with the rest of the world, as Australians united and came together safely to celebrate our vibrant and resilient community. I decided in that moment, if this could happen again in 2022, I was going to do everything within my power to come home and celebrate with you.

“You can imagine how thrilled I am, truly, to have been chosen to close what I know will be an unforgettable and necessary night of pride and joy.

“I’m so looking forward to spending time together after so much time apart.”

‘Let’s Try Being In Love’ kicks off a huge year for Hayes.

This year marks Hayes’ 20th year as a solo recording artist, as well the 25th anniversary of Savage Garden’s acclaimed debut, self-titled album. 

As one half of Savage Garden, Hayes sold over 30 million records worldwide, and has been named one of Australia’s 50 Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone Australia and is also the recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to music as a songwriter and performer.

Having sold out shows around the world, as well as some iconic venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House and New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, Hayes’ status as an Australian music icon has simply continued to strengthen as years go by.

The musician has been keeping busy since releasing his last solo album, Secret Codes and Battleships in 2011.

In November last year, he collaborated with British pop band Steps writing their song A Hundred Years of Winter, for the album What The Future Holds Pt. 2.

Ian ‘H’ Watkins described the tune as an “icy electronic anthem”.

Steps also recorded Hayes’ No More Tears On The Dancefloor, in 2017, for their album Tears On The Dancefloor.

He also provided vocals on I Never Cried So Much In My Whole Life by Brisbane duo, Cub Sport, in 2018.

Hayes and his music partner Daniel Jones, and the other half of Savage Garden, parted ways in 2001.

They had two top-selling albums, Savage Garden and Affirmation with two US number ones — Truly Madly Deeply and I Knew I Loved You.

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Brian Cox hopes memoir doesn’t put ‘full stop’ on his life

Finishing a book is usually cause for celebration. Not for actor Brian Cox.

The book in question, Putting the Rabbit in the Hat, out now, chronicles the actor’s journey from humble beginnings in Dundee, Scotland, to being the toast of Hollywood, thanks to his Emmy nominated role in hit drama Succession.

He said completing the book caused him to sink into a depression over the Christmas and New Year period, adding that he hopes it “hasn’t put a full stop” on his life.

“I was feeling, ‘Is that all there is? That’s the summation of my life?’ I don’t want it to be the summation of my life. I wanted it to be an illustration of where my life had gone to,” said Cox, adding, “I’m sure there’s more.”

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Despite his concerns, the veteran actor found the experience “liberating and cathartic,” allowing him to honour his late parents, who Cox describes as “two very tragic figures in my life.” His father, Charles, died when Cox was 8, and his mother, Mary Ann Guillerline, had several nervous breakdowns.

Born in 1946, as one of five children, Cox describes his childhood as “bloody tough and bloody lonely” — and he thinks his struggles will surprise readers.

“I hope they’re going to be surprised by my background. I hope they’re going to be surprised about what a boy from the age of 8, from the age of 15, had to go through. And that, to me, is the most key thing about the book — just this kid who is literally abandoned by everybody, not only through circumstance, it’s nobody’s fault,” he said.

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Despite the hardships of his youth, Cox describes his journey into acting as smooth, thanks partly to the social mobility of the 1960s. He’s not sure if working class actors would be afforded the same opportunities in 2022.

“God bless Dominic West and Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne and all that. And they’ve done very well. And I don’t question their talent, they’re certainly talented. But what about the others? What about the lost ones?” he said.

He jokes that people might also be surprised by his outspokenness throughout the book, but adds that “maybe some people think, ‘Well, he’s always had a big mouth, Cox, so it’s understandable.'”

This outspokenness is echoed by Logan Roy — the foul-mouthed patriarch Cox plays in HBO’s Emmy winning comedy Succession. The success of the show has seen Roy’s catchphrase follow him wherever he goes.

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He said he recently went to a New York Knicks basketball game and a big section of the crowd serenaded him with one of Roy’s more signature expletives. Cox said his Roman Catholic mother would be horrified that her son is now synonymous with an obscenity.

The writers of Succession are currently plotting season four and Cox is waiting to see what fate befalls Logan.

“I don’t know what it’s going to be, we never know until it is because that’s not the deal. The deal is the scripts are out, you do it,” said Cox, smiling.

He says that some of his fellow cast members lobby the writers with their ideas about character arcs for the upcoming series, which are “dutifully ignored,” adding, “They never learn the lesson that the writers are not interested in what the actor wants to present for himself.”

In fact, he is content with exactly how Logan is written: “There’s a secret element to Logan that you can’t really get into him. His mystery is quite important to me,” he said.

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Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song are engaged after welcoming son Dakota nine months ago

New parents Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song are getting married.

People confirmed the news after the 33-year-old Dollface actress was photographed with a diamond ring on her left hand while in Beverly Hills on Monday.

Culkin, 41, who is best known for his 1990 Christmas hit Home Alone, and Song met on the set of their film Changeland and were first spotted out on a date together in July 2017.

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They confirmed their relationship with an Instagram post the following month.

They couple welcomed their first child, son Dakota, in April 2020 and named him after Culkin’s late sister Dakota, who was killed in December 2008 after she was struck by a car.

When baby Dakota was born last year, Culkin and Song released a brief statement, saying, “We’re overjoyed.”

In 2018, Culkin revealed he’d like to start a family in the near future.

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“This one’s a good one, so I’m probably going to put some babies in her in a little bit,” he said on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. “I mean, we’ve definitely been practicing.”

Culkin previously dates actress Mila Kunis from 2002 until 2010. He was married to actress Rachel Milner in 1998, when they were both 19, however they separated in 2000 and were divorced in 2002.

Meanwhile, Song was engaged to Miley Cyrus‘ brother, Trace Cyrus. The couple called it quits in 2012 after seven years together.

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