Российская фольклорная исполнительница Пелагея недавно отметила 30 лет со дня рождения. В социальных сетях, певица поблагодарила свою мать, Светлану Ханову. Пелагея написала, что благодарна матери за поддержку, которую она чувствовала с первых лет жизни, за помощь в познании мира и за то, что мать вселила в певицу веру в себя. Знаменитость подчеркнула, что благодаря матери она смогла научиться радоваться жизни и быть настоящей женщиной.
Не секрет, что для Пелагеи ее мать долгое время является не просто родственницей, но и продюсером. Именно по инициативе матери, Пелагея начала серьезно заниматься музыкой и активно штурмовать вершины шоу-бизнеса.
В своем длинном послании к матери, Пелагея также упомянула, что они остаются лучшими подругами, которые всегда поймут друг друга. Мать, как никто другой, радуется победам певицы и грустит с ней в тяжелые минуты.
Чем старше становится Пелагея, тем больше видно, как они похожи с матерью. Теперь певица понимает, как сложно посвящать свою жизнь ребенку и прилагать все усилия, чтобы он добился успеха на музыкальном поприще. Даже, когда мать и дочь находятся на большом расстоянии, то всегда чувствуют состояние друг друга, подчеркнула Пелагея. Она также добавила, что будет всегда любить и благодарить свою мать.
В заключение сентиментального послания, Пелагея сама себя поздравила с юбилеем и дополнила пост радостной фотографией.
Лето 2016 стало для певицы очень насыщенным и важным. Как известно, в конце июня, певица вышла замуж за Ивана Телегина, нападающего ЦСКА. Соответствующее фото в стенах ЗАГСа появилось в аккаунте ее фан-клуба.
Несколько недель назад Пелагея еще раз удивила своих почитателей: ходят настойчивые слухи о беременности певицы, этим объясняют ее отказ участвовать в продолжении шоу «Голос».
С того времени, как у Филиппа Киркорова появились дети, пресса и поклонники знаменитого артиста находились в неведении насчет матери малышей. Так, некоторые уверяли, что матерью сына и дочери Филиппа является иностранка, живущая в доме певца. Данная версия не была подтверждена, поэтому вопрос о личности матери оставался открытым несколько лет.
29 июня 2016 года сыну Филиппа, Мартину исполнилось 4 года. Певец решил устроить ребенку масштабные именины, пригласив большое количество друзей семьи. На празднике присутствовала и 48-летняя Наталья Ефремова.
Некоторое время назад Киркоров называл эту женщину крестной матерью Аллы-Виктории и Мартина, но на днях журналисты выяснили, Ефремова это настоящая мать отпрысков артиста. Этот факт был подтвержден людьми из окружения Киркорова. Также в пользу данной версии говорит большое сходство детей с Ефремовой.
5 лет назад Киркоров сообщал, что встретил женщину, которая имеет все шансы стать матерью его детей. Он уточнил, что если дети появятся на свет, он будет всячески оберегать тайну их происхождения.
Некоторое время назад, в своем очередном интервью Киркоров подчеркивал, что очень благодарен некоей женщине за то, что спасла его от болезненного одиночества. Беседа с журналистами состоялась после рождения второго ребенка, Мартина.
Как известно, Филипп Киркоров после расставания с Аллой Пугачевой много лет страдал от неустроенной личной жизни. Он рассказывал, что женщина, ставшая матерью его детей, вдохнула в него новую жизнь, заставив посмотреть на все иначе. Благодаря таинственной даме, Киркоров познал, что такое быть отцом и заботиться о новом поколении. Интересно, что в одном из телешоу, Киркоров проговорился, что с ним в доме живут его дети и «мама Наташа».
Motown stars will trace journey towards the album that challenged American attitudes to race, drugs and civil injustice – with the help of exclusive footage released by Gaye’s ex-wife and children
Marvin Gaye seminal 1971 album What’s Going On is to be the subject of a documentary.
Centred around themes of poverty, police brutality, drug abuse and injustice in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination and with lyrics written from the perspective of a Vietnam war veteran, the film will document the making of a soul classic that “challenged America and the world to self-reflect, going on to inspire a generation of artists and music lovers”, the producers said.
“The relevance of [his] masterpiece … is as strong as ever.”
It is the first time his former wife, Janis Gaye, and his children, Nona, Marvin III and Frankie Gaye have approved a project such as this, with his family contributing previously unseen archive footage of the late artist to the film’s producers.
Including “exclusive interviews with some of Motown’s top stars and never-before-seen archive footage unearthed by Gaye’s children and former wife,” the documentary will be filmed in Washington DC, LA and Detroit.
“We look forward to participating and sharing what we can through friends, family, photos, footage and priceless stories that only those who knew our father up close and personal would know, as well as his contemporaries, purists and fans who have studied him and his art over decades,” the Gaye family said in a joint statement. “What’s Going On … something many of us find ourselves asking today, 45 years later. Peace.”
BBC enjoys 22 different nominations including nods for Luther, Sherlock, and War and Peace
The BBC’s slick adaptation of John le Carré’s thriller The Night Manager has swept the Emmys, earning Tom Hiddleston his first nomination for his portrayal of the ruthless Jonathan Pine.
The six-part series, adapted by David Farr and brought into the world of modern warfare, was showered with 12 nominations, including best limited series. Hiddleston picked up a nomination for best actor in a limited series, pitting him against fellow Brits Idris Elba for Luther and Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock.
To prepare for the role, Hiddleston, 34, spent his nights shadowing the night manager of the five-star Rosewood Hotel in London. Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman picked up supporting actor nominations for their roles as heartless arms dealer Richard Roper and incorruptible intelligence agent Angela Burr who pursues him relentlessly.
The show’s Emmys success matches its critical reception; it was described by the Guardian as “the BBC’s glossiest, smartest, most indecently entertaining Sunday night drama in ages”.
The Emmy nominations proved an overall triumph for the BBC which received 22 different nominees. As well as The Night Manager, shows such as Luther, which has long been a favourite at the awards with eight previous nominations under its belt, Sherlock and War and Peace ensured that British television held its own at the esteemed American television awards.
The Sherlock Christmas special – The Abominable Bride – and Luther will go head to head in the outstanding television movie category.
ITV’s Downton Abbey, beloved by Brits and Americans, was granted a last hurrah for its final season, with 10 nominations including best drama and best supporting actress for Maggie Smith.
Overall, this year’s Emmy nominations proved that Game of Thrones still dominates the TV landscape, even after six series, picking up 23 nominations – just one short of the record 24 nominations it received last year.
Newer additions to the nominee roster this year included the gripping dramatisation of the OJ Simpson trial, The People v OJ Simpson which received 22 nominations. Cuba Gooding Jr, who played OJ, and Sarah Paulson, who played prosecutor Marcia Clark, are among the nominees from the series, which is the first since ER in 1995 to take more than 20 nominations in its first season.
After Viola Davis became the first black woman to win a best actress Emmy last year, and made a stirring speech about the lack of opportunity for black actors on television, this year’s nominations were a showcase for diversity. Three of the nominees for best actor – Courtney B Vance, Elba and Gooding Jr – are black; and Black-ish, a celebrated American sitcom about an African American family, received its first Emmy nomination. Overall, 18 actors from ethnic minorities received nominations across 16 acting categories.
Spy drama The Americans, which stars Welsh actor Matthew Rhys as a Russian spy living undercover in the US, picked up nominations in all the major categories including outstanding drama series, best actor for Rhys, best actress for Keri Russell and best writing for the final episode in the season.
Beyoncé, never one to be left out of any awards ceremony, picked up four nominations for her visual album Lemonade.
The Oscar-winning actor was among 650 names from the worlds of politics, culture, sport and public life put forward for the Légion d’Honneur
The Oscar-winning actor Marion Cotillard was among those put forward for the Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest honour, as the country celebrated its national day.
She was among 650 names from the worlds of politics, culture, sport and public life published in the government’s official journal for Bastille Day.
Cotillard, 40, was the first French woman since 1960 to win the top US film acting prize for her portrayal of the singer Édith Piaf in the 2007 movie La Vie en Rose, and she was nominated again in last year’s awards for her turn as a woman battling for her job in Two Days, One Night.
France gave Cotillard its top artistic award in 2010, but she was left wincing when the then culture minister, Frédéric Mitterrand, jabbed the pin of the order through her blouse as he made her a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.
The Légion d’Honneur is awarded three times annually – at the start of the year, Easter and Bastille Day – with civilians taking two-thirds of the places on the list and the military making up the rest.
Other recipients announced on Thursday included the photographer Raymond Depardon, who took President Hollande’s portrait in 2012, and the celebrated Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Salgado. War veteran Sylvia Wild, 93, from Cardiff, received the award from the French consul earlier this week, for her part in the D-Day landings.
Representatives of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger confirm the singer’s girlfriend, Melanie Hamrick, 29, is pregnant
Mick Jagger’s representatives say the rock legend is expecting his eighth child.
They confirmed a report by People magazine and other media outlets that Jagger’s girlfriend, Melanie Hamrick, 29, was pregnant.
Jagger, the 72-year-old frontman of the Rolling Stones, has seven children – Georgia, James, Jade, Elizabeth, Lucas, Karis and Gabriel – who range in age from 45 to 17. He is also a grandfather of two.
W magazine, which reports on fashion and celebrities, says Hamrick is a ballerina who has performed with the American Ballet Theatre in New York.
In May, fellow Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood became a father again at 68 after his wife, Sally Humphreys, gave birth to twin girls.
Despite Sony renaming film ‘Super Power Dare-to-Die Team’ for China, censorship laws prohibiting promotion of cults and superstitions look set to scupper its chances of release
Ghostbusters is unlikely to be let loose in China due to its supernatural themes, according to Variety.
Paul Feig’s reboot stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon as the spectre-smashing quartet. It has not yet been screened for Chinese censors, but Variety’s source suggests it is likely to be snared by rules banning films that prohibit the promotion of “cults and superstitions”. Studio Sony have attempted to sway the censors by renaming the film. If it were released in China it would be called “Super Power Dare-to-Die Team”.
Under China’s censorship laws any films suggesting the existence of the supernatural can be banned from distribution. Exceptions are made for ghost stories based on Chinese mythology or films in which the supernatural is explained by a realistic rationale (eg drug use or dream sequence). Among the films that have fallen foul of the ruling in the past is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Crimson Peak, Guillermo del Toro’s gothic horror starring Tom Hiddleston.
China runs a quota on the number of American films allowed into the country, yet Chinese audiences have often offered a lifeline for US productions that struggled at home. Warcraft, Duncan Jones’s adaptation of the popular video game, bombed in the US, but dominated the Chinese box office chart last month. Known locally as “World of Magic Beasts”, it made more than half of its $430.1 m revenue in China.
Feig’s comedy is expected to face a tough time at the US box office this week, with analysts expecting it to take a maximum of $50m (from a reported $144m budget) in its opening weekend. The film, which has received generally good reviews, has been hit by a wave of criticism from those who are annoyed at the idea of female Ghostbusters.
Sony has so far not commented, though Deadline reports a source has said the film has not yet been officially submitted to China Film Group, the state-owned organisation that operates imported films.
The Oscar-nominated 12 Years a Slave star is in talks to star alongside Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix in the biblical drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor is in talks to take on the role of Peter the apostle in biblical drama Mary Magdalene.
According to Deadline, the Oscar-nominated star of 12 Years a Slave, recently seen in sci-fi adventure The Martian and thriller remake Secret in Their Eyes, would be joining the previously cast Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix. The film is set to be directed by Garth Davis, who helmed episodes of the small-screen crime drama Top of the Lake.
The project also boasts the producers of The King’s Speech and will be distributed in the US by the Weinstein Company, giving it prime awards potential.
“Mary Magdalene is a strong character, who was so unique in her time, and her story will give audiences a chance to experience the cultural turbulence, human passions, and devotional beliefs that set in motion so much of modern history,” said Peter Kujawski and Robert Walak of Universal Pictures International Productions.
St Peter was a fisherman who became Jesus’s chief disciple, according to the New Testament, and was eventually martyred in Rome. The character has previously been played by Omar Sharif, Ken Stott, James Brolin and Max von Sydow.
Ejiofor last starred in crime thriller Triple 9 and later this year will star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton in Marvel adaptation Doctor Strange.
Works the late singer quietly collected over the years to go on display before being auctioned at Sotheby’s
The spectacular art collection quietly assembled by David Bowie – including works by Damien Hirst and Henry Moore – is to go on display for the first time before being auctioned.
The whole collection, including more than 100 pieces of furniture reflecting his interest in all aspects of design, is expected to raise more than £10m at the sale in November, but given the obsessive devotion of many Bowie fans, could well go higher.
The singer, who died in January, studied art and design at technical college and once confessed to buying art “obsessively and addictively”, but the scale of the addiction had not been realised. His family say they are selling because they have not got the space to keep the collection.
Bowie bought the works quietly and privately, often through direct contact with the artists – including seven large monochrome paintings he bought from John Virtue, who was surprised to get a phone call asking if Bowie could come for a look at his studio – for pleasure and not for investment.
Oliver Barker, the chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, called Bowie a creator as great as any of the names in his collection. “Eclectic, unscripted, understated: David Bowie’s collection offers a unique insight into the personal world of one of the 20th century’s greatest creative spirits.”
The collection is particularly rich in 20th-century British art, including two brilliantly coloured “spin” paintings by Hirst, and works by Frank Auerbach, Stanley Spencer, Patrick Caulfield, Peter Lanyon, and Graham Sutherland. He once said of Auerbach’s densely worked, almost sculptural paintings: “My God, yeah. I want to sound like that looks.” He lent – anonymously – a key work, a portrait of Auerbach’s cousin Gerda, to the major retrospective on the artist in 2001.
The collection will be seen by the public for the first time when it is exhibited for 10 days by Sotheby’s, after highlights are sent on tour to Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong, before the three-day sale in November.
Bowie’s interest in art went well beyond collecting the fashionable artists of his day. He painted and was fascinated by art and design throughout his career, taking a close interest in the visual presentation of his work, from his stage costumes and album covers to videos, including those made for his last singles and album months before his death.
He was invited to join the editorial board of the journal Modern Painters in 1998, and turned interviewer for them, recording meetings with artists including Jeff Koons, Hirst and Tracey Emin. He met Andy Warhol many times and played the artist in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 biopic of Basquiat.
Bowie was also part of a famous art-world hoax, the celebration of the fabulous talent and tragic fate of the artist Nat Tate. He hosted a spectacular party at Koons’s Manhattan studio for the launch of a book on Tate – where many of the guests were too embarrassed to admit they had never heard of the artist, which was not surprising since he was a wholly fictional character, invented by Bowie’s friend the novelist William Boyd.
The collection includes paintings from the St Ives school, and by early and mid-20th-century British artists, including the quiet, sad suburban paintings of Harold Gilman, as well as Leon Kossoff and David Bomberg, artists whose work was out of fashion when Bowie was buying.
Simon Hucker, the senior specialist in modern & postwar British art at Sotheby’s, said Bowie bought the work of artists with whom he felt a personal connection, and which moved and inspired him: “This is what led him to British art of the early and mid-20th century in particular, which, of course, also led him home.”
The three-day sale will feature paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and sculpture, including contemporary African pieces and Outsider art – works by those from outside the conventional arts world such as the “Gugging Group”, patients at the Gugging psychiatric clinic in Vienna which became renowned for the creativity of many treated there, and its therapeutic work with art.
It will also include Air Power, a major graffiti painting by the American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, which alone is estimated by Sotheby’s to be worth up to £3.5m.
The furniture includes pieces by the influential design collective Memphis Milano.
A spokesman for Bowie’s estate said: “David’s art collection was fuelled by personal interest and compiled out of passion. He always sought and encouraged loans from the collection and enjoyed sharing the works in his custody.
“Though his family are keeping certain pieces of particular personal significance, it is now time to give others the opportunity to appreciate – and acquire – the art and objects he so admired.”
She wrote the lyrics but I did the rest, says DJ, after magazine credits ex-girlfriend as writer of This Is What You Came For, his collaboration with Rihanna
The DJ and producer Calvin Harris has criticised his former girlfriend, pop star Taylor Swift, for making him “look bad” after a celebrity news publication reported that Swift had written Harris’s latest hit song under a pseudonym.
Citing Swift’s representative, People magazine said Swift had written This is What You Came For, which Harris released as a collaboration with singer Rihanna in April.
The magazine reported that Swift had written the song under the pseudonym Nils Sjoberg while the couple were dating, and that Swift became upset over an interview in which Harris said he did not think he would work with her in the future.
Representatives for Swift did not respond to Reuters for comment.
“Hurtful to me at this point that her and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make ME look bad at this stage though,” Harris said, in a series of tweets directed at Swift.
Harris had firstly praised Swift as an “amazing lyric writer” as he responded on Twitter to the People report.
After he accused Swift of trying to “bury” Katy Perry – referring to infamous animosity between the pair, rumoured to be at the heart of Swift’s song Bad Blood – Perry tweeted the following gif of Hillary Clinton, and retweeted her own post from May 2015: “Time, the ultimate truth teller.”
Eager to show their allegiances, fans of Perry and Harris used the #TaylorSwiftIsOverParty hashtag on Twitter and took to Swift’s Instagram account posting snake emojis under her photos.
Taylor Swift’s fans countered the snakes with hearts.
Swift, 26, and Harris, 32, split up in June after dating for more than a year. Swift, named 2016’s highest-earning celebrity by Forbes magazine, has recently been photographed with the British actor Tom Hiddleston.
Representatives for Perry did not respond to requests for comment.
Fleet Street reporter who used his knowledge of rock to good effect
Jonathan Ashby, a music journalist who founded the entertainment news agency WENN, has died at the age of 66.
I worked with him at the Sun, where he contributed to the Bizarre column, which was then headed by John Blake. He was a hugely enthusiastic pop music reporter with excellent contacts.
In a tribute to him on the Press Gazette site, a former colleague described him as a “true media visionary” for creating WENN (World Entertainment News Network).
He started it in the back room of his house in Barnet and saw it grow into a profitable international organisation, with offices in London, Los Angeles, New York and Berlin.
Ashby, born in Norwich, started his journalistic career at the city’s main newspaper, the East Anglian Daily Times. He moved to Spain for a while to teach English and play electric violin with a rock band.
On his return to England, he joined the Watford Observer before doing shifts and freelancing in Fleet Street, initially for the London Evening Standard, followed by the Sun and Daily Mirror.
He also acted as correspondent for the US-based ABC News and found himself regularly swapping stories with an American counterpart, Shelli Sonstein.
In 1988, when Blake was editor of the Sunday People, he gave Ashby his own celebrity rock column, Sunday Brunch. But his story-sharing partnership with Sonstein gave him the idea of launching a news agency.
So, the following year, he founded the World Rock News Network, which later became WENN. It soon established itself as a major supplier of music and show business-related news to outlets across the world, breaking many headline-making stories.
It later expanded to include photography, radio and TV divisions. Its current chairman Lloyd Beiny described Ashby was “a true media visionary”.
Ashby served as WENN’s chief executive until 2001, when he was forced to step down due to ill health. He had bipolar disorder, and became a committed mental health advocate by running an information network.
Blake told Press Gazette: “Jonathan was very eccentric but a fantastic journalist… a natural talent. He was a lovely, fabulous character… a proper old- fashioned hippy, very sweet-natured, kind and hard-working.”
A series of tributes have been posted on Ashby’s Facebook page. One of them, Sean Fitzpatrick, wrote: “I can still hear his instructions to ‘get outrage’. A legend.”
Ashby is survived by his former wife, Jackie, a co-owner and director of WENN, and two daughters, singer-songwriter Juliette and Jessica, a performer specialising in aerial acrobatics and skating.
*Jonathan’s family will be holding a private service to celebrate his life on Tuesday (19 July). Donations to the Bipolar Support Group set up by Jonathan would be welcome: MIND in Barnet, 55 Christchurch Avenue, London N12 0DG (reference ‘Jonathan Ashby’).
*Jonathan Clifford Ashby, born 12 July 1949; died 6 July 2016.
Body of James Richardson discovered near Forteviot, several miles from site of the festival at Strathallan Castle in Perthshire
Police are appealing for information following the discovery of the body of a man who went missing after last weekend’s T in the Park festival in Perthshire, Scotland.
Police Scotland said the body of James Richardson, 29, was found near Forteviot on Tuesday morning, and the death was being treated as unexplained.
The father of three had not been heard from since he got off a bus leaving the Strathallan Castle festival site on Monday to smoke a cigarette and failed to get back onboard.
Officers are appealing for information from anyone who may have seen a man wearing a grey waterproof Regatta jacket, red shorts and black work boots near Forteviot between 2.15pm on Monday and 9.15am on Tuesday to contact Police Scotland on 101.
Police are continuing their inquiries into the possibly drug-related deaths of two teenagers and an alleged rape at Scotland’s biggest music festival.
Music fans leaving the festival on Monday were warned that a number of potentially toxic green Rolex-type pills had been recovered at the festival and that others may be in circulation.
In 2013 the green pills – some of which were found to contain the dangerous stimulant para-methoxyamphetamine, known as PMA – were linked to 15 deaths across Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Police Scotland said there was no evidence to link the pills, which are stamped with the distinctive Rolex crown, to the deaths of two 17-year-olds at the campsite on Friday.
The families of the two victims spoke of their losses on Wednesday.
Police Scotland can confirm that the two teenagers who died at T in the Park are Megan Bell, aged 17, from Sunderland and Peter McCallum, aged 17, from Lochgilphead.
The deaths are not being treated as suspicious and a report on the circumstances has been sent to the procurator fiscal.
The family of Peter McCallum said that he was a “kind and caring brother and son”, as well as a talented singer who had ambitions to become an architect.
“We hope that people, especially the younger members of society, learn a lesson from Peter’s death and that they don’t put their families through the devastation we are experiencing just now.”
The family of Megan Bell described their devastation at their loss. “Her death leaves an irreplaceable gap in our lives and she will be so sadly missed by all her family and friends.”
Deep house pioneer expresses regret at the lack of response from music genre ‘birthed in struggle’ following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile
The Detroit deep house veteran Theo Parrish has released a statement condemning the dance music world for its lack of support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of recent incidents of police brutality in the US.
In a Facebook post, the musician said that he was “overwhelmed” and “embarrassed at the lack of overt commentary from this art form”.
Written amid protests in both the US and UK following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Parrish’s post goes on to question dance artists who perform their music, “when on the same weekend you’re playing, in the same city, a man just like you has quietly, arbitrarily, been silenced by one paid to protect him and the public?”
He concludes his statement with a final call to arms:
How do you dance when we still swing from trees, when we still are murdered in front of our loved ones, murdered while subdued and harmless? How do you dance when our very image as a people is used to manipulate sympathy for a system of belief that wants you and your children to be dead or in jail? You better. You better learn to listen with your body, you better play from your heart. It was a preference before, now it’s essential. Escapism has always been an adjective used to describe the dance. That’s an outsider’s view. Solidarity is what it really offers …
Parrish also uses his post to express how he is struck by the apathy from house artists given how the genre’s lineage is “rooted in reaction to racism, birthed in struggle”.
While now often regarded as a preserve for hedonists, house music’s origins lie in uniting communities who felt ostracised from mainstream American culture, the genre especially embraced by black and LGBT crowds. Frankie Knuckles famously described the Chicago Warehouse club in which the genre was founded as “a church for people who have fallen from grace”.
She’s rich, famous and thin – but the actor is fed up enough to take on the press, which has focused its lenses on her and her flat belly for ‘the bajillionth time’
News flash No 1: no, Jennifer Aniston is not pregnant.
News flash No 2: if she ever is in the family way, she will tell you first, honest.
Now, will you just leave the woman alone?
Or as she put it in a scathing essay in the Huffington Post on Tuesday: “[Women] are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies … We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own ‘happily ever after’ for ourselves.”
Yes, she’s rich. Yes, she’s famous. Yes, she’s talented. Yes, she’s thin. Thin enough so that every burrito becomes a baby bump shortly after swallowing.
But the actor is also fed up enough to take on the tabloid press, which has focused its many lenses on her and her very flat belly for “the bajillionth time … but who’s counting”.
And if Twitter is any indication, much of female Hollywood is firmly behind her. “AMEN!!!!!” was actor Anna Paquin’s short but emphatic response. “i loved this”, tweeted lower-key and lowercase singer Sara Bareilles. Comedian Margaret Cho: “Good for her!”
A few filled up most of the 140-character space with support, like singers Tegan and Sara, who piled on to the media-bashing with “YES. The media needs to cover REAL news. Stop shaming, stalking + grading womens bodies/lives”.
Responding to Aniston’s essay on Entertainment Tonight, actor Melissa McCarthy said she supporting Aniston’s stance “one hundred thousand billion percent”.
“Everyone needs to stop tearing down women,” McCarthy said. “It’s always about the way we look – saying, ‘He’s very interesting,’, ‘He’s a good writer,’ ‘She’s looking older than she was last time we saw her.’”
The latest swirl of pregnancy rumors led Aniston to erupt in the Huffington Post about the corrosive nature of the “sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily under the guise of ‘journalism’, the ‘First Amendment’, and ‘celebrity news’”.
It’s not, she pointed out, that there hasn’t been other news to cover beyond her non-pregnancy, her non-divorce, and did we mention her non-pregnancy?
“In this last boring news cycle about my personal life,” she wrote, “there have been mass shootings, wildfires, major decisions by the Supreme Court, an upcoming election, and any number of more newsworthy issues that ‘journalists’ could dedicate their resources towards.”
Google “Jennifer Aniston kids” and the results are creative to say the least. She is variously “expecting a boy”, “adopting two girls”, “welcoming first child via surrogate” and, with husband Justin Theroux, has “decided to adopt kids to save their marriage”.
No wonder she’s annoyed.
Women like her – and you and your mom and your sister and your grandmother – are being judged daily, she writes, by a toxic standard of beauty and cultural norms that “define a woman’s value based on her marital and maternal status”.
In other words, you have to be thin. And pregnant.
“I used to tell myself that tabloids were like comic books, not to be taken seriously, just a soap opera for people to follow when they need a distraction,” she fumed. “But I really can’t tell myself that anymore because the reality is the stalking and objectification I’ve experienced first-hand, going on decades now, reflects the warped way we calculate a woman’s worth.”
At 47, Aniston is nearing the average of menopause for US women – not that that’s any of your business either. Although she does raise the reproductive issue in her rebuke to the tabloids: “Yes, I may be a mother some day, and since I’m laying it all out there, I’ll be the first to let you know. But I’m not in pursuit of motherhood because I feel incomplete in some way.”
Along with her anger, though, Aniston did express a sliver of hope that women – famous and otherwise – could actually fight back.
“We get to decide how much we buy into what’s being served up,” she wrote, “and maybe some day the tabloids will be forced to see the world through a different, more humanized lens because consumers have just stopped buying the bullshit.”
To quote a tweeting Keltie Knight, Canadian television presenter and former dancer for Beyoncé and Kanye: “Bravo #JenniferAniston (and for the record I also, just god-forbid ate a sandwich.)”
The singer says he has lost 20lbs since incident in Canada last month and is due to start physical therapy and gym training sessions four times a week
Meat Loaf has begun a diet and started a fitness regime in the wake of his onstage collapse during a gig in Canada last month. Meat Loaf fell to the floor while singing I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), during a show in Edmonton on 16 June.
He has now told Classic Rock magazine: “I’m OK. Weak. I’ve gotta go to physical therapy. I had back surgery and knee surgery within the last two years, and the knee surgery failed, so I haven’t been able to work out on tour. So I’m going to acupuncture, physical therapy, and a trainer, starting Monday for four days a week.”
He added that he had been on a diet and lost nearly 20lbs and intended to lose another 15 before coming to the UK to undertake promotional duties on 28 August.
Meat Loaf has had health-related gig problems before. In 2003, he had to abandon a show at Wembley after collapsing on stage, and had heart surgery the following week. In 2007, he stopped a show in Newcastle, later saying he had been using steroids and had been unable to continue. He told the crowd he was going to retire.
Meat Loaf had previously retired in 2003, and in 2013, when he told the Guardian: “This time they’re not going to rope me back in.” At that time, he told the Guardian of his health problems: “I’ve had 18 concussions,” he says. “My balance is off. I’ve had a knee replacement. I’ve got to have the other one replaced. Two weeks before the knee surgery, I literally couldn’t walk from the bedroom to the kitchen. They took me to the hospital in an ambulance to get my knee replaced. And when they did, it was so damaged and torn up it’s going to take a year to come back.”