Leighton Meester might be most well known for having the shiniest hair of all time on Gossip Girl or for that one horrible ear piercing scene in The Roommate (You know the one. It’s terrifying!), but more and more the That’s My Boy star has started opening up about the more…complicated parts of her life experience. “My family has a crazy history,” Meester explains in Marie Claire. “Probably the craziest I’ve heard of.” For starters, both Leighton’s mother Constance and father Doug have served prison time on drug-related charges. “I look back now and I see it in a nice light,” the actress says of her childhood. “It wasn’t uncomplicated. But I played outside. I went to the beach. There were happy, fun times.” Hmmm, considering her mother was accused of making death threats as well as allegedly attempting to steal money from her son’s health care fund last year alone, it sounds like Leighton is being as positive as humanly possible about her past. Maybe even more so!
It’s understandable, then, that Leighton might be a little leery about going the conventional family route. “I’m not sure I ever want to get married,” she muses. “The only time a relationship is good is when you really love them. I don’t want to hang out with some guy I just like.” As Leighton concludes, “You can take what is handed to you and use it as an excuse to mess up. But I’ve always handled what was given to me by life. I consider myself lucky. I was never lied to. And I was loved.” We loved you as Blair, girl. Now we love you even more as an actual person.
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Even if you didn’t spent junior year of high school blasting Leslie Carter‘s “Like Wow!” while driving all your friends to Dairy Queen (we know it wasn’t just us), the singer’s death at 25 due to a reported prescription drug overdose is nothing short of a tragedy. Equally tragic, however, is the implied family drama involving the rest of the House of Carters clan. “I wanted to be at my sister’s funeral, but my family has always had a complicated dynamic,” older brother and Backstreet Boy Nick Carter reported to TMZ. The singer declined to give more details about his statement, which just makes it seem even sadder, if you ask us.
While Leslie was laid to rest in Upstate New York on Sunday, Nick instead opted to go through with a scheduled performance at iHeart Performance Studio in Bala Cynwyd, PA. Added Carter, “There are so many emotions for me surrounding the loss of my sister. I am trying to stay healthy, positive, and focused.” Sounds like we’re going to have to go find Leslie’s single in our childhood closet and take a ride in the ol’ Toyota Corolla again. If we remember correctly, her song was excellent bubblegum pop, which is exactly what we need right about now.
Miley Cyrus knows that while some things change (like the social acceptability of mullets and denim shirts), other things stay the same. For example, things like Billy Ray Cyrus‘s fierce Blue Steel modeling pose. “Awkward family photos. Look @billyraycyrus always giving face!,” the singer tweeted last night along with a childhood snapshot featuring Miley alongside her pops, mom Tish and three of her absurdly blond siblings, including older brother Trace Cyrus. Is it us, or does Billy Ray look like he is somehow Photobombing his own family? Go ahead and close up shop, Awkward Family Photos. We know it’s not a contest, but somehow Miley still just managed to win.
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If there is one celebrity couple we never worry about being on the rocks, it’s Heidi Klum and Seal. They’ve renewed their vows 19017831 times, have a flock of adorable children, and always look genuinely in love with each other. They’re currently on vacation in Sardinia with their kids and found time for a little PDA in between family fun time in the ocean. Even more adorable is their mutual adoration for skimpy swim wear. If it was anyone else but Seal (and maybe like, Chris Hemsworth) we’d balk at the dude booty shorts. But he has the body, and the butt, to pull ‘em off. More pics below!
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Now there’s the love right there! That’s Britney Spears, her younger son, Jayden James, sister Jamie Lynn and her daughter Maddie Briann Aldridge , mother Lynne and boyfriend, Jason Trawick all cheering on Brit-Brit’s eldest son, Sean Preston, from the bleachers at his baseball game in Calabasas, California (papa Kevin Federline coaches Seans’ Little League team). Now look us straight in the
eyes screen and tell us that isn’t the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. And we know some of you are going to write in and crucify us for cooing over something that’s as normal as families coming out to watch a game. But this is the Spears family (plus boyfriend). There’s nothing normal about their lives. So when they attempt something as cute as this, we’re going to give them props. Okay?
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Billy Ray Cyrus’ recent interview with GQ was thought-provoking to say the least. Cyrus talked about daughter Miley in a no-holds-barred discussion that covered topics like her controversial salvia-smoking, the under-age starlet’s birthday party at a bar, and how he swears he never made any money off her. And now it seems all that frank talk has Miley pissed off.
A source tells PopEater that Miley is livid over her father’s interview. saying “To say Miley is angry is an understatement. She’s furious that her own flesh and blood would make a private matter so public. Who does he think he is, Michael Lohan?” Oh, s—! Not a Michael Lohan comparison. That’s pretty bad. The source also says that the two haven’t actually spoken since December but the GQ article was like the last nail in the coffin. “This isn’t what a father does. He never said a bad world about Hannah Montana all those years it made millions for the family, and now that Miley has turned 18 and is making her own decisions, he does this. Unforgivable.” Before you know it, Billy Ray is going to be signing Miley up to do Letterman Top Ten lists without her knowledge. Don’t let it get to that, y’all! Hug it out!
The Lohan family is famous for dragging their kids into the spotlight (as evidenced on the show Living Lohan and also everything else they’ve ever done), so there’s something that’s been concerning us lately. Where the hell is their youngest child Cody? Dina and Ali Lohan have been in California visiting Lindsay in rehab, papa Michael is busy retooling (haha, tooling) his song for Lindsay, and eldest son Michael, Jr. is 22 and old enough to be living on his own, so we’re not worried about him. It’s one thing if they have, for once, been sheltering Cody from the media and actually using good judgment with regard to his upbringing, but that’s just so unlike them.
The picture above, of Cody attending school on Long Island in November 2009 is the most recent one we could find. And if we are to believe that this is Cody’s MySpace page, at least we have evidence that he’s alive and well (and communicating with Ali and Dina solely through the internet – the comments section on the site are priceless). So is Cody making a concerted effort to avoid the spotlight? Does he just not want to go on rehab runs to visit Lindsay? Or is he hitching a ride home on the Long Island Expressway as we speak because someone forgot him at the airport? We may never know.
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Grandma Jackson is cutting down on the grandkid numbers in her San Fernando Valley mansion, TMZ reports. Last month’s stun gun incident was the trigger for here family downsizing, after Jermaine Jackson‘s son 13-year-old Jaafar brought the gun home and apparently fired it in the house.
Either way, it’s all too much for 79-year-old Katherine to handle. She’s told Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza — who is living at the estate, along with two of her kids by Randy Jackson and two others by Jermaine Jackson — that she must take the kids and move out of the estate next week. Supervising seven children is just too much. She’s not kicking them out at all though….she’s just moving Alejandra and kids Jaafar, Jermajesty, Donte and Randy Jr. to a San Fernando Valley condo owned by the estate.
Madonna is in Malawi with daughters Lourdes and Mercy, and we’re shocked to see her looking like a real live mom. The pop princess turned awesome plastic surgery ad is in Africa to promote a new school she is building for girls, which is presumably why she dragged invited her daughters along. But if you can look past the Sex Book and Jesus Luz and the Kaballah obsession and her face, they kinda look like every other family out there. Cute, even!
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Trace Cyrus, Brandi Cyrus, Noah Cyrus, Tish Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus and Loretta Finley (grandma, is that you?) on the red carpet of Miley Cyrus‘ new flick, The Last Song. Not in attendance: Cyrus from The Real World: Boston.