Chris Brown reportedly gathered his closest friends and family together last night in Los Angeles to rally the troops and lay out a game plan for his wrecked reputation. Apparently he attempted to calm everyone down, and assured them all that he and Rihanna are totally over. What a shocker!
The singer is also allegedly seeking professional crisis managment help, and two people being mentioned are Alan Nierob, who repped Mel Gibson after his anti-semetic slur scandal, and Howard Bragman, who worked with Grey’s Anatomy actor Isaiah Washington after a homophobic remark uttered on-set got him fired. Neither have been hired yet, but Bragman did have this advice for the young star:
“What he is accused of doing is a bad thing -– and I’m talking about that in the court of public opinion. The only thing probably worse is murder, rape, and hurting an animal. This isn’t a bong hit like Michael Phelps, which everybody has done. This is serious. What he’s got going for him is that he’s young, talented, likable, and we forgive people. You can go home again, but it takes time. It’s not something you can turn around overnight. He has to strap himself in and be ready for a long ride. It’s not a comfortable ride.”
If you’re a British socialite who runs to the altar at age nineteen, inks your new hubby’s name on your wrist, and then divorces six months later, you might not want to rush into marriage again. One of our favorite Wasted Brits Of ’08 , Peaches Geldof, says she’s not so sure about trying the knot again.
“I don’t know. I’m too young. That’s the whole point. I was too young,” Peaches tells Scandalist while taking in her pal Charlotte Ronson‘s new collection at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week.
Peaches, who announced on Monday that she would divorce hubby Max Drummey, doesn’t seem too broken up over her busted marriage.
“It’s fine. We got divorced and we’re really happy. We’re best friends, you know, but it’s just we were both too young to be married. We decided to end it so we could both have better opportunities in the future,” Peaches tells Scandalist.
Peaches is not only not upset, she seems to think her and Max’s new arrangement is ideal. “It’s just great because we’re so close still and I hate when you hear all those stories about divorces that are horrible and drawn out. It was just so easy and we still love each other. We’re best friends,” Peaches says.
As for rumors that she is hooking up with another American, Donald Cumming, Peaches insists, “I’m single.” [Photo: Studio Mao]
With T.I. and Terence Howard stepping back from their initial sympathy and Jay-Z supposedly planning a fatwa on the singer, battery suspect Chris Brown is unsurprisingly low on celebrity support right now. Sure, Mary J. Blige has announced “my take on what’s happened is that they’re both young and beautiful people” and Will Smith says he and wife Jada reached out to both Brown and Rihanna. But you can expect that diplomacy to fade if his alleged history of abuse turns out to be true. Besides, who would want to blame Rihanna for the violence she’s suffered?
Chris Brown’s cousin, apparently. Phylicia Thompson wasn’t afraid to point fingers at the victim when defending Chris to Extra.
Chris was not brought up…to beat on a woman. So it had to be something to provoke him for Chris to do it. He wouldn’t have done it just to be having fun…But what happens behind closed doors, nobody ever knows. He might feel down right now because his fans are looking down on him, like he’s done something wrong. Of course, yes, he’s done something wrong because he put his hands on her, but like I said, you don’t know what happened. He had to be provoked to do it. Chris would never have done it.
While it’s good to know Brown wouldn’t have bit, hit and choked Rihanna “just to be having fun,” it’s hard to imagine what she could have possibly done to deserve such treatment. “She was going to call the cops” sure as hell doesn’t qualify.
The National ENQUIRER published a story alleging that Danger was impregnated by Ray on For the Love of Ray J. It’s full of quotes from the reality contestant, but what it’s missing is word from VH1. Though VH1 was contacted for a quote, it wasn’t included in the piece, so our sister blog will share with you VH1′s official take on the story. [Source: The VH1 Blog]
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Isn’t in sweet when two of the biggest skanks in Hollywood – prostitute-employer Hugh Grant and serial dater/wedder/divorcee Drew Barrymore – come together to suck face? It just feels so right! The former costars (from Music and Lyrics – don’t worry, we didn’t see it either) reconnected with their mouths at the Waverly Inn on Monday night. After Grant left, Drew hitched herself to Clive Owen. Apparently somebody’s got a bad case of the Brits.
Hugh, meanwhile, moved on with two ladies at a Meatpacking District Lounge on Tuesday night. “Hugh went straight to the bar and made out with a pair of girls for the entire evening,” said a spy. But the actor, who is supposedly still dating Jemima Khan, didn’t waste any time getting to know his new pals, randomly quit the kiss-fest and abruptly got up and left the club. [Photo: FilmMagic]
Everyone knows that octomom Nadya Suleman is living one twisted version of Angelina Jolie’s life, and the connection hasn’t been lost on the Changeling star. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Jolie is “totally creeped out” by Suleman, who attempted to contact Jolie through letters praising her humanitarian efforts. Not that the source doesn’t appreciate the respectful distance Suleman kept.
At least she wasn’t a total crazy…like the stalkers who try to actually meet Angelina and follow along with the paparazzi. It is clear this woman needs psychological help. It’s one thing to clip out a celebrity’s photo from a magazine and ask your [hair] stylist to copy that cut. Who hasn’t done that? But to have a nose job, have collagen injections in your lips and start talking like Angelina – that’s over the top.’
She’s not the first person to do that, you know. Remember I Want A Famous Face? And way to suggest that the pinnacle of insanity is annoying a celebrity rather than hoarding children like some deranged cat lady, anonymous source.
Of course she is. Those leggy limbs, that lean womanly figure. Huge, isn’t she? Eh? But that’s what fellow German, designer Wolfgang Joop thinks of supermodel Heidi Klum.
“She is no runway model! Heidi Klum is simply too heavy and has too big a bust. And she always grins so stupidly. That is not avant-garde – that is commercial!” he rants to German newspaper Bild.
Dear God. There’s no hope for any of us now, is there? Let’s hope that Joop doesn’t get wind of the Jessica Simpson “bellygate” controversy otherwise we’re all going to think we’re obese hippos and develop eating disorders in a flash. Those crazy continentals! [Photo: Splash News Online]
We’re wondering perhaps if Gwyneth Paltrow has got a bit carried away with herself fashion-wise. After everyone worshipped her last year for owning the red carpet in those sexy dresses and killer heels, she’s kicked off 2009 by totally losing the style plot. Earlier this week she stepped out in a pair of truly revolting feathered stilettos. But that wasn’t enough, and last night she attended a screening of her film Two Lovers in a pair of high-waisted leather hotpants. Is she trying to bring lederhosen back? Was it an attempt to wrest the limelight back from her lunatic co-star Joaquin Pheonix? All we can say is that the bored slutty 1980s suburban mom look DOES NOT WORK. And if it doesn’t work on Gwynnie, it’s never going to work on anyone else. [Photo: Splash News Online]
The US/UK Celebrity Swap Treaty (TM) in recent months has given us Paris Hilton and you Victoria Beckham. (No fair!) But we in the UK are making up for it now. After giving back Madonna after an eight-year loan program, we’re getting in return Courtney Love. Yay! And bonkers Courtney is making sure that her nemesis Madge doesn’t come anywhere near her new ‘hood.
“Madonna had better stay the hell away from London when I move here to live! There’s no room for us both. Buckinghamshire is where I want to go. I’m fed up with L.A. It’s full of crazy people. People criticize Britain but it is still a cleaner, safer place to live than Hollywood,” she writes.
Woo-hoo! We’re very pleased about this as Courtney’s sure to improve the celebrity landscape more than Madonna and her endless gym visits, faux-country-set posturing and pretending to like drinking pints, as we reckon Courtney might actually like a drink or two. See photo above. But we really hope she knows where she’s moving to. Buckinghamshire isn’t London, love. It’s the countryside. And the Queen doesn’t live there. Just to clear that one up. Welcome! [Photo: Splash News Online]
They’ve both come back from the showbiz wilderness to huge success in ’09: Mickey Rourke with his BAFTA-winning turn in The Wrestler, and Courtney Love being named Woman Of The Year by Elle magazine. So could their amazing celebrity synergy turn itself into new supercoupledom to topple Brad and Angelina off their perch? Ahem. That’s what the Mirror reckons anyway, with their story that the pair have been dating in secret for the past three weeks.
“Mickey texted Courtney totally out of the blue, around the time of the Golden Globes, asking to take her out for the night. “They met up in secret and had an awesome evening. Let’s just say they didn’t stop at holding hands and a chaste peck on the cheek,” reports the paper.
Oh, please let last and Mickey’s flirting with rafts of other women not put the kibosh on this blossoming romance. Take her to the Oscars, Mickey! Propose! Do whatever it takes because we can forsee the most compelling and trainwrecky romance of the year right here. [Photos: WireImage]
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