Chris Brown raised a lot of eyebrows in the last few days after showing off a new tattoo that looks suspiciously like a portrait of his beaten up ex-girlfriend Rihanna. But now the tattoo artist who did the inking is weighing in, and frankly he’s pretty bummed that our minds went there. Celebrity tat guru Peter Koskela opened up to E! News and firmly denied that the image depicts the abused pop singer. “It was really a blow to me to think that people would think so little of a person that I would actually put a picture of a beaten woman on his neck,” he said. “That was crazy to me, that he would come to me and say, ‘Hey, I want Rihanna’s face on me.’”
Chris’ reps have tried to shead a little light on what the image is actually supposed to represent. “His tattoo is a sugar skull (associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead) and a M.A.C cosmetics design he saw,” they explain. “It is not Rihanna or an abused woman as erroneously reported. It is peeling right now.” According to Koskela, the image is looking a little roughed up because his skin hasn’t totally recovered yet. “People thought it was a beat-up face, but it takes two weeks to heal because the neck is constantly moving.”
The artist feels genuinely horrible about the whole media sh-tstorm his work has unleashed. “I would never promote any kind of domestic violence like that,” he insists. “Even if he asked me to do it, I would have bounced right there. I don’t do racist tattoos, I don’t do gang-related tattoos and I don’t do anything hurtful. That is just the motto I live by. The other tattoo artists might, but I just don’t.” Next time maybe Chris should just go with a butterfly.
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On Tuesday, three days after Amanda Bynes had been pulled over for not having her headlights as she was driving with a suspended license, the actress was snapped by paparazzi during yet another vehicular adventure. In photos obtained by TMZ, we can follow along on Bynes’ reported three-hour tour around Los Angeles, which was as seemingly aimless as it was oddly fascinating — due to the fact that she stopped more than once to smoke out of a pipe designed to look like a car lighter. Here are just some of the many questions that popped up in our minds while looking at these photos. (We think we answered our first question — Is that really Amanda Bynes? — by finding the above recent photo of her with brown hair.)
1. Is there no one around to drive Amanda to the store these days? Don’t all her friends/family/employees realize she has a suspended license?
2. Why do Californians eat at Baja Fresh when there are so many amazing food trucks and authentic Mexican restaurants around?
3. Does Amanda have a prescription for marijuana? (Alternate question: Is that marijuana?)
4. If so, could she maybe just smoke it at home?
5. If you’re going to smoke openly — and leave buds all over your car — why bother with a pipe disguised as a lighter (the concept of which kind of blows our sober minds)? Why not use one of those pretty glass ones? Read more…
We’re sure there’s a sequel to The Bodyguard in here somewhere. Model and former Victoria’s Secret Angel Heidi Klum admitted today on Katie that she is in fact hooking up with her bodyguard Martin Kristen. OK, technically she said that they were “seeing” each other, but potato po-tah-to right? Whatever the case, it’s still very early days for the couple. “I don’t know if I can call it [a relationship],” she told host Katie Couric. “It just started. I don’t know.”
This news is probably is sending shock-waves of rage through her ex-husband Seal. As the divorce between the couple/costume enthusiasts heats up, Seal has been making claims that Heidi cheated on him with this same bodyguard during their marriage. He even told TMZ that he wishes that she’d “waited until we separated before deciding to fornicate with the help.” That’s harsh! He later apologized for the comment, but he’s still obviously not happy with the whole thing. “He’s upset,” a friend of the couple told People. “What really bothers Seal was this guy was a dear friend. They called each other ‘brother.’ He feels betrayed.”
But Heidi denies these accusations, saying that she “never looked at another man” over the course of their seven year marriage. But lately she has been seen out and about with Martin quite a bit, even getting photographed together on vacation in Sardinia, Italy. She opened up about the new man in her life today on Katie. “I trust him with my children’s life,” she said. “He’s a great man and, recently, we just got to know each other from a completely different side.”
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We’re just saying, wouldn’t it be an amazing plot twist if Jesse St. James returned to Glee, only to start dating Zachary Quinto? First of all, Rachel would be super pissed (though, let’s face it, not entirely surprised). Second of all, Kurt’s head would explode off his shoulders and fly around the room like a fabulous, shocked balloon. While we won’t hold our collective breath on any Zachary Quinto cameos this season (or that balloon thing, because come on), the Star Trek actor did confirm that he is dating Glee star Jonathan Groff. “I’m incredibly happy, I’m incredibly lucky,” he told Out Magazine about his relationship. Jonathan’s no Wade Adams, but he’ll do. He’ll do just fine.
The American Horror Story actor also opened up about his decision to come out last October. “One of the defining conversations that I had with myself was that absolutely no good can come from me staying quiet about [my sexuality]. Literally, no good can come from it. But if I take the step to make the acknowledgment and be honest, so much good could potentially come from it,” Quinto explained. We’re just glad we live in a time where we can get equally squeal-y about adorable gay couples as we can about straight ones. We’re so excited, we could break out in a choreographed song-and-dance number! If that was a thing that happened in real life!
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Since that other vampire baby is currently dealing with her parents’ de facto trial separation (ohhhhh, can that be the plot of the fifth Twilight book? Which we assume will be called Around Brunch Time? That would certainly be a twist, wouldn’t it?), let’s all dedicate our supernatural squeeing to Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer‘s brand-new baby twins! “We can confirm that Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer recently welcomed their twins into the world,” the reps for the True Blood costars told Us Magazine this afternoon. “The babies were born a few weeks early, but are in good health and both Mom and Dad are overjoyed.” No word as to whether Anna Paquin had to be turned into one of the undead in order to avoid an untimely death during vampire childbirth, but hey, we all know how it works. It’s just undead science!
The no-doubt adorable vamp-babies are Paquin’s first children, while Moyer has two kids from previous relationships. Though the world has known about the incoming Paquin-Moyers since April, the names and sexes of the newborns have yet to be announced. Fortunately for Anna and Stephen, Sookie is technically a unisex name. Bill, not so much…
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Someone get Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan a pen, a piece of paper and someone to take notes for them, because they both have to go lie down for a little while! As has been made clear from recent events/arrests, these ladies need to learn the best way to leave a party. Fortunately for them, Tara Reid is teaching and school is in session. TMZ has video of the American Pie star drunkenly tumbling over a parked motorcycle in St. Tropez, taking down herself and a friend before sheepishly wobbling back to a yacht. On one hand, the video goes from funny to uncomfortable to sad in a microsecond. On the other hand, hey, Tara’s not in a car! And if she was walking to a car when she ran into a motorcycle, at least she never got there!
As delightful as it is to see any celebrity stumble into a pile of bike parts and waving limbs, the whole thing takes on a more sober meaning when you remember that Reid went to rehab less than three years ago. On a related note, is it us or is Tara’s life nearly identical to that of 30 Rock‘s Jenna Maroney? Yacht parties aside, remember when Tara got married to Zack Kehayov in 2011…only to reveal later that the marriage wasn’t technically legal? Or the fact that she’s constantly hanging out with Jedward? Just don’t let that woman near Mickey Rourke. Or any more motorcycles.
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It’s hard to type when you just want to face-palm all day, so we’ll keep this brief: Chris Brown showed off a new tattoo on his neck that depicts what appears to be a woman with either weird face tattoos (if you’re being generous) or with bruises and scars on her face (if you’re not so Team Breezy). Probably not the best choice for a guy convicted of domestic assault. Maybe he should have gone with an eagle or a peace sign or something like that. But wait, it gets worse (maybe). Many people believe that the new ink bears a striking resemblance to his former girlfriend Rihanna. Yeah, you probably see where we’re going with this.
Despite all of this creepiness, Team Breezy insists that it’s all just a coincidence. Sources close to the singer told TMZ that “it’s a random woman.” And they’re definitely insisting that the apparent bruises and stitches are just the woman’s tattoos and elaborate makeup. Whatever the truth, it’s still an interesting choice to say the least. Even if there is an innocent explanation behind the marking, you’d think someone in his camp would have sounded the alarm that the tat could easily be misinterpreted.
One look at Kristen Stewart in her stunning hair and makeup, white Balenciaga button-down and harem pants at last night’s screening of On the Road in New York, and we wonder what guy in his right mind hasn’t had thoughts of swooping in on the actress in an attempt to be her rebound. We still don’t know if she and Robert Pattinson have actually broken off their relationship — and we’re not making any pronouncements on that front. We’re just saying that, according to at least one report, there are guys possibly making a move to be her rebound. Guys like James Franco. Maybe.
We know Franco is a huge admirer of Stewart, based on the effusive Snow White and the Huntsman review he wrote for the Huffington Post back in June. Now Radar Online is reporting that his admiration went a little further when the two met in Toronto over the weekend. A source said they talked for 20 minutes, during which James praised Kristen’s work in On the Road.
“She seemed at ease in his company, and he was certainly making her laugh,” the source said. “She was wearing a huge grin on her face. At the end of their chance meeting, James took Kristen’s number and asked her out for dinner. Kristen initially said no, but is mulling over the idea. She knows she has to move on now following her break up with Rob.”
All of this sounds like a huge leap to conclusions based on observing someone else’s conversation. We’re sure we’d be grinning too, if the ever-charming and weird James Franco started complimenting us. That doesn’t automatically mean we’d be planning our future romance together. Anyway, between this meeting and the stories of Kristen’s encounters with Emma Watson and Jennifer Lawrence, it sounds like she was the most popular girl in Toronto last weekend!
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I don’t know how to be objective about this subject, guys, so bear with me. Jessica Simpson appeared on the premiere of Katie Couric’s Katie today to show off her post-baby body. And to plug Weight Watchers, which she’s being paid a reported $3 million to do. As a four-months pregnant lady, I (predictably) have way too many emotions attached to this appearance. Let me classify them for you:
1) Defensive: I can’t believe how much the press has been hounding Jessica — since even before she announced her pregnancy — about gaining weight during her pregnancy. This was the Mom Jeans Incident of 2009 to the 1000th degree. This woman is a super successful fashion mogul now, not your personal fitness icon, leave her alone. I gained weight basically the instant I peed on a stick, and yeah, sometimes when I see those ladies who only look pregnant from the side, I want to crawl into a hole, but then I think about the fact that I can put aside vanity and think about someone else’s health for the first time in my life.
“I let myself indulge in everything I wanted because it was the first time I was ever pregnant, and I wanted to enjoy it,” Simpson told USA Today last week. “I wanted to be happy and eat what I wanted.” I hope the gossip world feels some shame in wanting to take away a woman’s desire to be happy.
2) Fascinated: At the same time, I have watched Jessica’s body grow with every photo, and just like everyone else, thought for one guilty moment, that there was no way she just had one baby in there. She’s my height, 5’4″, and weighed 170 lbs when she was pregnant with little Maxwell Drew. And her main indulgence is the exact same as my own: macaroni and cheese. I eat it for desert now, people. But today on Katie she also admitted that she did zero exercise during her pregnancy. When she signed onto Weight Watchers, she could barely do 800 steps a day. And she admits to a bit of magical (very Nick and Jessica-era JSimps) thinking when it comes to losing the pounds.
You’re going to want to throw away your Bluetooth for this one (also because it just looks dumb): Sheryl Crow believes her brain tumor is the result of prolonged cell phone use. “There are no doctors that will confirm that,” Crow revealed to Katie Couric on today’s premiere episode of Katie. “[But] I do have the theory that it’s possible that it’s related to that. I [used to spend] hours on the old archaic cell phones.” Wow, we never thought we’d be glad our parents forbade us from having a cell phone as a kid…but here we are. Here we are.
You might recall peeping the video of Sheryl forgetting the lyrics to “Soak up The Sun” at a concert back in May; it was this forgetfulness that sent the singer to a doctor in the first place, where she learned she was suffering from a benign brain tumor. “I [was] worried I had an early [onset] Alzheimer’s,” Crow admitted, pointing out that said tumor was growing in the part of her brain where she traditionally held her cellphone. Luckily Sheryl, who has also battled breast cancer, is now in recovery. On one hand, we kiiiiiiiind of want to get Sheryl a celebrity medical show costarring Tom “You Don’t Even Know What Ritalin Is” Cruise. On the other hand…what if she’s right? We’d switch to a land line immediately. We’re not losing “If It Makes You Happy” to no tumor!
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