There are many different ways to approach a scandal, if you’re a public figure. You can “no comment” your way through it and hope people lose interest. Or you can deny, deny, deny. Justin Bieber and his team have chosen option B as the response to Mariah Yeater’s claims that he fathered her 3-month-old son. He told Today that he’d never even met Mariah, and he’s reportedly planning to take a DNA test to prove he’s not little Trystan’s father. We wondered why the Biebs would even deign to answer such claims, and we turned to Michael Fertik, founder and CEO of Reputation.com for his expert opinion on the matter.
“Between Wednesday and Thursday of last week, and again between Thursday and Friday of last week, you’ve had a doubling and another doubling of discussion about Justin Bieber on the Internet. A quadrupling in just four days,” Fertik explained. And that’s a good indication that the talk isn’t going to go away on its own. “The headlines are coming anyway. This topic is hot no matter what you say.”
By pledging to take a paternity test, Bieber is hoping that definitive evidence will finally shut the story down, Fertik says. “This test is a sign of confidence in his point of view. He says he never even met her. I think he’s like, let me just put this behind me and clearly indicate this is not who I am.” Read more…
Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson‘s personal physician at the time of his untimely death in June 2009, was found guilty on manslaughter charges in a California courtroom just moments ago.
The trial of Conrad Murray began back on September 27 with a bombshell; on the first day of the trial, prosecutors unveiled a shocking audio tape of a totally-out-of-it Michael Jackson slurring his words, a recording that was captured just six weeks before Jackson’s untimely passing. This previously unheard recording went a long way towards establishing Murray in the eyes of the jury (not to mention the public-at-large) as an incompetent doctor at best, a murderer at worst. Read the rest of this news on VH1 Tuner.
“Things are good and I’m happy,” he said. “We always dug each other. She’s a great gal, and sweet, and we have a lot in common. We went through a lot together. … Easy on the eyes!”
But then reporter Janell Snowden may have slightly led Richie into a trap a minute later in the conversation, when she had him talking about the posters he had on his wall when he was a teenager. Read more…
Even if you missed the premiere of AMC’s Hell on Wheels last night, you’ve probably seen the photos of Common looking considerably less smooth than usual. As freed slave Elam, he’s got a seriously scraggly beard and some of the dirtiest clothing this side of The Walking Dead‘s zombie wardrobe. VH1′s Melissa Smith sat down with the rapper/actor/controversial White House guest last week and asked if he and his castmates are just a wee bit jealous of the cast of that other AMC period drama, Mad Men.
“They get to be all fresh and get the Banana Republic endorsements — I wonder what type of endorsements we gonna get!” Common laughed, though he admitted that growing his beard out was kind of liberating. “At a certain point, I wasn’t even thinking about how I looked. It was like, you’re in Hell on Wheels; this is not pretty. This is dirty, this is rugged. I was walking around bearded, dirt, bugs be around, horses taking dumps. You just get immersed in the world of Hell on Wheels.” Read more…
Taio Cruz‘s “Dynamite” has been heating up clubs and your car stereo for a year and a half now, and it’s still guaranteed to get people jumping up and down and yelling “aaaay-oh!” But the English singer/songwriter/producer is much more than one club banger. And when he stopped by the VH1 offices to chat about his upcoming album, TY.O, on Big Morning Buzz Live, we could help but notice how his style gives him the air of a serious artist. Check out his whole autumn-in-New York ensemble up close after the jump. Read more…
“All week we’ve just been crying and crying and posing and crying and …,” Nasim Pedrad whined, playing Kim Kardashian in SNL‘s hilarious spoof of “Kim’s Fairytale Divorce” over the weekend. Our stomachs still hurt from laughing. But seriously, folks. We’re not sure if Nasim can match the real-life posing Kim did in front of husband-for-now Kris Humphries‘ house in Minnesota on Sunday.
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She was photographed standing on his back porch, looking distressed while talking on her cell. Here’s the thing: We know the impulse to step outside when you want a minute alone to talk on the phone, especially after a fight with someone inside the house. But that is a big freaking house. There are many rooms in which she could probably talk in private. And obviously, if you’re Kim Kardashian, you know there are paparazzi outside, ready to catch your every gesture. So, color us cynical, but that phone call seems a little much. Read more…
At first, Kat Dennings laughed at us when we told her she was this week’s Hotness, after beating Zooey Deschanel by 70 percent to 30 percent. We love her ’cause she’s self-deprecating like that. Then we reminded her that she wore the dress below back in May, and she agreed. She is pretty hot.
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Last night, MTV News’ Josh Horowitz sat down with Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner for a half-hour livestream interview that involved a whole lot of squirming, talk of graphic sex and birth scenes, and nostalgia for the past three years of Twilight anticipation. Any event with all three stars is a treat to watch, and this one was no exception. We picked out eight adorable moments that perfectly illustrate their pack-like bond.
Kristen teases Taylor, “Your hair was in the first one,” referring to the awkwardly wigged Jacob in Twilight. “My hair was in the first one. Thanks for reminding me,” he answers.
Asked if we’re ever going to see that infamous first audition footage of Rob and Kristen on Catherine Hardwicke‘s bed, Rob replies, “It’s like the sex scene,” before realizing how that sounds. Read more…
Last night, Alicia Keys continued her work to solve the AIDS crisis, hosting the 8th Annual Keep a Child Alive Black Ball at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. While helping to fund research, treatment and care for those affected by AIDS, the guest were treated to performances by the likes of Keys, Usher, Mary J. Blige, will.i.am and more. The evening also honored the late Beatle and philanthropist George Harrison. Our invite was surely lost in the mail, but we’re content to gaze upon the stars’ best red-carpet fashions. Check out the stunning (not all-black) looks worn by Tyra Banks, Chanel Iman, Kerry Washington and more in the gallery below.
“I know that I’m going to be a target, but I’m never going to be a victim,” the 17-year-old told Matt Lauer of the claims that he fathered her 3-month-old son after a concert in L.A. last year. “It’s crazy because every night after the show, I’ve gone right from the stage right to my car. I never met the woman.”