When someone like Oprah does an amazing interview of someone like Rihanna for TV, it’s got to be really hard for the network not to want to tease all the good parts in advance. So, when we saw the clips of the Rih driving Oprah around her hometown in Barbados, spinning around like a little girl, crying openly about what happened between her and Chris Brown, we worried that maybe we’d seen all the juicy bits already. Not so. This episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter featured a good hour of heartfelt conversation/therapy, and a whole lot of it lived up to the promise of showing us a different side of the pop star. Here are the highlights of what we learned:
- Rihanna’s grandmother, who passed away in July, taught her about “forgiveness.” She also advised her to “Marry someone who loves me more than I love them.”
- It was actually Oprah’s question about Rihanna’s grandmother that prompted Rihanna to tear up and say, “I hate this part.” In the promos, that was totally edited to look like her reaction to a Chris Brown question. But it wasn’t totally dishonest because she teared up during that too.
- As passionate and quick to react as she can seem on Twitter, Rihanna can be really thoughtful and deep too, saying things you might never have thought of yourself but immediately know to be true. This is her describing why she hides her vulnerability: “I don’t want people to think I’m weak or think of me as a victim so I don’t like to tell people when I’m going through something because it’s human nature to always keep that in mind when you see the person. You can see them now and you always remember that problem that they went through.” And this is her talking about her feelings for Brown: “I thought I hated Chris and I realized it was love that was tarnished.”
Wow, this could not have gone worse, could it? According to Olympic soccer badass Hope Solo, her Dancing With The Stars partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy was downright punishing in his teaching methods last fall. Then it just gets worse from there. “He manhandled me in rehearsals from the start, pushing me, whacking my stomach, bending my arms roughly,” she wrote in her new memoir Solo: A Memoir of Hope, all of which lead up to an incident before last fall’s Halloween show. Revealed Solo, “He wanted my head in a specific position. To achieve that, he slapped me across the face. Hard.” We can all agree that’s horrible, right? Hope then explains that she didn’t report Maksim to DWTS officials because “she didn’t want to end [his] career.” What…what did you think was going to happen when you wrote it in a book, permanently and for all to see?
So what’s the best way for Maksim to reply to Hope’s allegations? Correct! The answer is: send a few ambiguously outraged tweets. “Always hated hypocrites and liars … but when someone is both AND an opportunist, I just feel bad for them. Can’t win at someone’s expense,” the dance pro declared on Twitter. We wonder what kind of hypocrisy Chemerkovskiy might be referring too. Also, what “opportunity” could Hope possibly gain from revealing that her dance partner hit her for no reason whatsoever? What…what is he even talking about? This whole situation is not good. Not good at all.
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Bravo to Robert Pattinson and MTV News for an excellent interview last night that managed to include neither food nor awkward questions about his love life. “This isn’t Oprah or Dr. Phil,” Josh Horowitz promised, probably disappointing all of the other gossip sites of the world. Which is why we just know that Rob’s answers to questions both silly and serious about Cosmopolis and the rest of his career are going to be picked apart for clues about how he feels about Kristen Stewart. We’re going to make a preemptive strike here and list those statements, just so any willful misinterpreters know we’re onto them.
1. Rob has shot a gun “many times, just recently.” Is he working off frustration and picturing Rupert Sanders’ face at the shooting range? Um, OR he is preparing to play an army interrogator in Mission: Blacklist and any other action movie he wants to do after that.
2. “I’ve been writing a lot of [music] recently.” Oh, the breakup must have inspired him to write all sorts of sad songs! OR, his crazy busy movie schedule is finally letting up enough so that he has the free time to return to his other passion.
Through the years, we’ve followed the highs and (very) lows of Kobe and Vanessa Bryant’s relationship. But despite how we may view this twosome, the only opinions that matter are their own, right? In a recent interview with The Cut, Vanessa, who’s always been icily quiet, reveals that she’s living the life you’ve only dreamed of with her gold medal-winning husband. Well, Mrs. Bryant, we highly doubt your life is all you’re proclaiming it to be, but in fairness, we’re game for combing through the history of your relationship to put this debate to rest. (You’re welcome.)
Kobe drops $4 million on a beautiful ring for his beloved wife.
The NBA star purchased the bauble after being accused of sexually assaulting a hotel staffer in Colorado.
Vanessa recently traveled to the London for the Summer Olympics, where she planned to wear “the flats with my red blazer, white T-shirt, and skinnies to support Team U.S.A..”
Kobe was seen getting cozy with Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice during a women’s cycling event at the Games, fueling rumors the two were an item.
Winner: Low. Hearing about your husband and another woman while you and your children are in town to cheer him on is the lowest of the low.
On the one hand, it’s good to know the tabloids don’t discriminate when it comes to sharing rumors about the woes of same-sex couples. On the other hand, we’re guessing Anderson Cooper would probably have been happy to receive some unequal treatment here. A few days after the publication of photos showing Cooper’s boyfriend of three years, Ben Maisani, kissing another man, the National Enquirer is reporting that the CNN anchor has kicked his cheating bar owner boyfriend out of their home.
“Anderson’s shattered,” a source told the tab. “He felt secure enough with Ben that he took the bold step of coming out as gay this year. He was confident that their relationship was strong. Now he knows that they are finished forever. Anderson’s a strong man, and he’ll put on a brave face, but the truth is he’s absolutely devastated.”
We love how Rihanna wasn’t even there when the epic nightclub battle between Chris Brown and Drake went down in June, yet she allegedly still gets mentioned in the lawsuit served to both artists by WiP nightclub. According to the suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, the club claims that Chris and Drake “shared a grudge against the other arising out of their romantic relationship with the same woman,” which lead them to “fight violently with each other” on June 14. Now, we understand Rihanna (or some other mysterious unnamed woman) might be a big part of why Chris and Drake strongly dislike each other, but why eight people ended up hurt in the fight…yeah, RiRi has nothing to do with that. Tony Parker, who is currently suing the club for $20 million after receiving a scratched retina in the fight, would probably agree.
And it probably didn’t help things that both Chris and Drake arrived to WiP with what seems like their own militia. According to the suit, both performers “each arrived with his own small army of bodyguards, ‘security’ personnel, employees, friends and other members of their entourage, consisting of at least 15 heavily built men trained and/or experienced in hand-to-hand and weapons combat.” The club claims it’s owed $16 million for Chris and Drake’s “gross negligence,” “ultrahazardous activity” and “intentional illegal acts.” Our question is, which of those translates into “foolishness combined with the drink combined with a reckless disregard for people’s retinas”? Yeah, you’re right. It’s all of them.
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If you need to slip into a leotard and tap dance out all the feelings you have right now, we understand. Okay, we know we’re being hyper-glib, but it’s only as a defense mechanism to cover up the fact that we feel inappropriately sad about Mayim Bialik possibly losing a finger! According to TMZ, the Blossom star allegedly received “serious injuries” in a car accident in L.A. this afternoon. After her Volvo was struck by another vehicle, a source reported that there was “tons and tons of blood everywhere.” As for the actress’s injury, allegedly Bialik’s “finger was almost completely severed … it was just hanging there.” Nooooo! Our childhoods! Noooooooo!
Fortunately TMZ also reports that Bialik was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, and it sounds like Mayim is going to pull through. Worse comes to worst, we’re sure they could explain why her Emmy-nominated Big Bang Theory character might have lost a digit (Calculator accident? Or maybe a…calculator accident? We seriously need to watch that show more). Either way, it’s our opinionation that this is completely unacceptable treatment of Mayim Bialik by the universe. Actually, that’s probably everyone’s opinionation. What monster wants to see Blossom lose a finger?
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Abby Elliott is officially leaving SNL, and so begins the show’s meticulous search for a new cast member. Or SNL could just hire one of the five comedians we chose for them below! Weeee! What a time saver! Seriously though, seeing as how SNL hired the hilarious Kate McKinnon immediately before Kristen Wiig‘s exit (and Andy Samberg shan’t be returning in the fall), it only stands to reason the show will be bringing in some new faces soon. Maybe some of the faces can be…these faces?
If you read Jodie Foster‘s essay about Kristen Stewart on TheDailyBeast.com today, we’re sure you were alternately shaking and nodding your head. She is so eloquent as she describes how she’s survived her 46 years as an actress with a private life intact: “I have neurotically adapted to the gladiator sport of celebrity culture, the cruelty of a life lived as a moving target.” And admits that if she were a young actor in today’s climate, she’d probably just up and quit. Then she laments how the happy-go-lucky 11-year-old Kristen Stewart she knew while making Panic Room now has to dodge paparazzi at every turn. “The young woman doesn’t cry. F— no. She doesn’t look up. She’s learned. She keeps her head down, her shades on, fists in her pockets. Don’t speak. Don’t look. Don’t cry.” God, how sad is that image! We agree with you, Jodie! We can’t wait until she can hold her head high again, and “spin in wild abandon.”
But hold on a second. Is that really what we want. Putting aside for a second the fact that celebrity gossip is my living, I just want to think about what entertainment would be like if we knew absolutely nothing about our stars besides their names and what other movies they’re in. Would a heartwrenching scene be just as moving without the knowledge of what kind of joy or sorrow the actor is drawing from in real life? On one level, yes. I’ve enjoyed plenty of foreign movies, for instance, about whose stars I’m completely ignorant.
But there is one thing definitely missing from that experience: When I don’t feel connected to a performer on a personal level of some kind, I don’t feel driven to seek out the next projects — or whatever came before the first thing that caught my attention. In short, I appreciate their talent without becoming a fan. I’m not suggesting that every star needs to let me into their bedrooms and diaries, to let us throw stones at them when they sin, mind you. But when we get to know them as people, there’s a deeper connection that lives on after the credits roll. Do you agree?
Imagine for a moment that you’re Kanye West. It’s cool, we do it all the time. You’ve just woken up nice and rested after an 8 hour break from your girlfriend Kim Kardashian’s baby voice. You head downstairs and find a package from Nordstrom, so you think, “Oh great, my Rue La La orders are here!’ You tear into it feverishly expecting to find your hot new pink polo and you find…a subpoena! BOOM! You just got served by Kris Humphries’ lawyer.
Kris’ legal team proved themselves to be nothing short of Nobel-Prize-level geniuses when they pulled this stunt to trick Yeezy into being served a subpoena, thus drawing him further into the Kim/Kris divorce fray. We heard that his facepalm was audible for miles. But Kim’s lawyer Laura Wasser is calling foul over the sneaky move during the court case that is currently underway. Kim is already $250,000 deep into the proceedings, but her team is still uncertain what Humphries hopes to get out of the whole mess.
According to his lawyer Marshall Waller, Kris intends to prove that the entire marriage was simply a publicity stunt for her reality TV empire and demands to be granted an annulment. In an effort to get more information on the program, he has subpoenaed not only Kanye, but momager Kris Jenner as well as the show producers and high ranking executives at NBC Universal. Team Kim is claiming innocence, saying they don’t know why Kris would suspect that the marriage was anything other than sincere. Exiting the courthouse today, Wasser told TMZ “We’re just moving forward. My client just wants to be divorced.” We’ll report back with more!
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