When Ellen met Elias
Often child stars are more hassle than they’re worth (just ask America in light of Bieber’s recent exploits), but we have spotted one prodigy worth watching on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. It’s not just seven-year-old Elias Phoenix’s perfect piano recital that blew us away. This excitable bundle of hyper-energy was beyond adorable as he bounced on Ellen’s armchair telling her what a “cutie” she is “OMG!” – and the fedora-wearing wonder has already played New York’s Carnegie Hall. I’m guessing we’ll be seeing a lot more of him and his fedora in future. See the clip on YouTube.
One of my favourite actors died last night. He was just 46 years old and left behind three kids. As family, friends and fans mourn the untimely passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman, we’re left wondering why addiction afflicts so many Hollywood stars and who facilitates their habits? The waste of talent is tragic, but as his long-time friend actress Kristen Johnston has said, “Whatever the reason, his brilliant work will live on.” See more on p12.
This page is my soapbox, and last week I was on it praising 51-year-old Demi Moore for finding a fella almost half her age in the form of 27-year-old drummer Sean Friday. This week, I’m continuing my celebration of cougars, thanks to Madonna’s new notch. The 55-year-old is allegedly dating some 26-year-old dude called Timor Steffens who likes to post pics of his abs on Instagram. For some reason I find this far less annoying than Kim Kardashian posting pictures of her own bum, and I’m abs-olutely thrilled for old Madge.
There’s a rumour going around that Beyoncé and Jay Z have spent $75,000 on a present for their daughter Blue Ivy’s second birthday. If it’s true, we may get to meet this ostentatious gift at the Dubai World Cup one day because it’s a blumming thoroughbred Arabian stallion! What on earth would a two-year-old need a 16-hand horse for, exactly? To draw in crayon?
I’m utterly flabbergasted. Flabb-er-gast-ed! Perhaps the Carters were trying to get one up on North West, the comically named offspring of Kim Kardashian and her unhinged fiancé, Kanye. That overprivileged bundle of joy received a mini Lamborghini from her ’rents this Christmas.
Hey, maybe Ivy and Nori can race each other once they’ve both learned the principles of horsepower. First one to the finishing line is a spoilt brat. Oh, hold on a minute, so is the last one. What a dilemma.
Demi Moore has done it again! The glamorous 51-year-old has pulled a toy boy almost half her age in the form of 27-year-old American drummer Sean Friday. He’s edgy, heavily tattooed and cute, and his band Dead Sara is set to be big on the LA circuit. They look very happy together, and though you may ask, “How does she do it?”, you only need to look at her to know the answer. After flaunting her toned and tanned body (and new man) while on a beach holiday in Mexico this New Year, Demi made turning 50 seem less terrifying for a whole generation of women. Who cares about reaching half a century when there’s the possibility of those thighs and that romance to look forward to? She makes it all look so effortless – and I do hope her ex-hubby Ashton is watching.
Yeah, OK, I know it’s January and everyone, from us mere civilians to A-list stars, is in detox mode, but I had hoped those crazy kids in the music biz would be immune to such mundanity, particularly when it comes to their riders. With their wild wardrobes and multicoloured hairdos, I expect bizarre and twisted requests that would make toes curl. And when performing in Las Vegas – aka ‘sin city’ – I suspect even the most outrageous demands could be met. Want indoor fireworks and a bathtub full of bubbly and rose petals? Just call room service. Want a dancing monkey and a butler called Jeeves to spoon-feed you caviar from an ice stiletto? No problem! Disappointingly, however, no such requests were made by Katy Perry during her recent stint at Caesar’s Palace. Instead, the Roar singer asked for: two baskets of fruit, fresh vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, celery, beets, carrots and kale and either quinoa or couscous. Feel free to stifle a yawn.
One Direction’s Bad Streak
After months of hearing our Fashion Editor Lindsay and Picture Editor Catriona go on about One Direction, I’m actually starting to like the British boyband. Admittedly, they’re a bit young for me and way too clean cut, but I love the fact that they’ve been acting all sneaky with their secret girlfriends!
We always thought Harry Styles was the ladies’ man of the group, but it turns out Niall Horan has been keeping his womanising ways on the down-low. The Irish lad apparently went on a secret date with Victoria’s Secret model Barbara Palvin last weekend, with the pair, who watched The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in north London, arriving at separate times to try to avoid being seen together. Lucky Niall has also reportedly been seeing Made in Cheslea’s Louise Thompson and is said to have snuck her in to his home several times after dark to avoid being exposed.
He’s not the only one with a secret rendezvous as rumours are flying around that Harry has managed to snare model Daisy Lowe! This is the closest the boys are ever going to get to being the bad boys of rock ‘n’ roll, so I’m going to embrace their naughty streak for as long as it lasts and be a Directioner.
Their reality TV reign is coming to the end of the line, but the Kardashians still have a little gas left in the tank. Having said that, I really don’t know what they were thinking with the family Christmas card that they put out this year! I’m not saying that they should have been gathered around a manger or something, but dressed in skin tight black gowns and dresses and standing around in a room that wouldn’t have looked out of place in Michael Jackson’s house doesn’t say anything about happy holidays. There aren’t even any cute penguins or a fat man in a red suit, plus Rob Kardashian, Scott Disick and Lamar Odom are all missing from the shoot. The only good thing that came out of this shockingly bad greeting card was that Kim’s beau, Kanye West, wasn’t included – his ego couldn’t fit in the frame.
Celebs backing Dubai’s World Expo 2020 Bid
From Lindsay Lohan to Khloé Kardashian, the planet’s best known A-listers are backing the UAE’s bid for Dubai to host the World Expo 2020, and it’s giving me a warm fuzzy feeling. Like a sporting hero on a pitch with the crowd chanting his name, it seems the world is willing Dubai to win, and that almost brings a tear to my eye as I brim with lump-in-throat lip-biting pride.
Britain’s Prince Harry wished us good luck on his recent visit here, UK Prime Minister David Cameron wrote a rousing article of support in one of our national newspapers, and Khloé – our favourite Kardashian, who’s heading to the UAE for her Lipsy collection launch this week – is leading the way on Twitter with this post: “I back Dubai to win the World Expo bid in 2020 and support @HHShkMohd’s vision with
With National Day fast approaching, whether we win or lose on 27 November when the Expo verdict is announced, this global endorsement of our awesome country is yet another reason to celebrate living here. Either way, let’s party like it’s 2020!
Selena's Fight for Feminism
Despite her best intentions, I doubt Selena Gomez will be remembered in history alongside the likes of Emmeline Pankhurst when our descendants are listing famous feminists, but Selena has defended herself and her track Come and Get It, which was panned for being anti-feminist propaganda by fellow child star, Lorde. The outspoken 16-year-old wrote and sang the summer hit Royals, which Selena does a cover version of in her Stars Dance tour. Awkward!
Without the tiniest hint of irony, 21-year-old Selena chose the set of her recent lingerie shoot for Flaunt magazine to burn her bra – metaphorically, obvs, the underwear she’s wearing in the racy pics must have cost a bomb!
The Come and Get It singer pointed out that attacking other women in showbiz wasn’t exactly in the spirit of the sisterhood either. “That’s not feminism. [Lorde] is not supporting other women,” lamented Selena, who looks even more like the female version of Justin Bieber in the bobbed wig she wears for the shoot (no wonder he was so attracted to her!).
In retaliation – again without a hint of irony – Selena’s now deciding whether she should stop supporting Lorde by dropping the Royals cover from her show, so there.
What would you do? Or, more to the point, what would Emmeline Pankhurst do?