Chris Martin reveals how the pandemic changed his relationship with fame
The coronavirus pandemic's forced isolation has affected different people in different ways. For Chris Martin, the sudden prospect of having no public life made him rethink his relationship with fame altogether. "Last year was a quite an eye opener," he told BBC Radio 2 in an interview this week. "I was like, 'Who am I without Wembley Stadium saying, 'you're awesome'?" Although the Coldplay singer recently returned to the spotlight with their new single, "Higher Power," he's not letting the public's response to the new music — or much else, for that matter — dictate how he feels about himself. "I'm trying in my life right now to not attach too much to being a pop star," he explained. "I'm trying not to get my self worth from external validation." Coldplay premiered the Max Martin-produced "Higher Power" via the International Space Station earlier this week.
Megan Fox jokes having three sons is 'like UFC Fight Night, all day, every day'
As a mom to three boys, Megan Fox can't really imagine sharing a home with a daughter. That might be because she's too busy trying to keep up with her rambunctious sons, Noah, 8, Bodhi, 7, and Journey, 4, all of whom she shares with ex Brian Austin Green. In a chat with Kelly Clarkson on her show this week, the actress opened up about what life is like at her house after Kelly, who has a boy and a girl, noted that their energy balances one another out. "I don't know what it's like to have a girl," Megan said, according to People. "For me, it's like UFC Fight Night all day, everyday." She joked that even "forks are weapons" with her kids, cracking that the whole family needs "to live in a padded cell for everyone to be safe." Not that Noah, Bodhi and Journey don't mean well. "They love each other," she explained. "They're best friends, but the fighting is non-stop because they have so much energy and they're so rambunctious that it's just a melee. My kids will pull out fists full of hair and be like, 'I got your hair, Noah!'" On a more serious note, the actress also spoke candidly about the "weird pressure" that gets placed on women who have kids while working in the entertainment business. "Hollywood is not adapted to women and us actually having lives and being moms," she asserted. "As an actor it's just very unforgiving because you can't be on camera once you're past a certain stage of pregnancy," she added. "Once you have the baby its like 'OK, well you're going to have to leave to nurse every two hours and that costs us money and insurance.'" She said it doesn't help when people in her industry ask questions like, "are you giving up? are you just a mom now?" Megan, who stars in the upcoming horror flick, "Til Death," has been dating her "Midnight in the Switchgrass" costar Machine Gun Kelly (whose real name is Colson Baker) since shortly after her split from Brian in 2019. She denied engagement rumors earlier this year, but is reportedly planning "a future" with the actor and musician. Colson has one daughter from a previous relationship.
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Why Jesse Williams is leaving 'Grey's Anatomy' after 12 seasons
"Grey's Anatomy" is saying goodbye to Dr. Jackson Avery, played by Jesse Williams for the past 12 seasons. "I will forever be grateful for the boundless opportunities provided me by Shonda, the network, studio, fellow cast mates, our incredible crew, Krista, Ellen and Debbie," the actor said in a statement (via Deadline), referencing the medical drama's creator, Shonda Rhimes, showrunner Krista Vernoff and Jesse's costars Ellen Pompeo and Debbie Allen. "As an actor, director and person, I have been obscenely lucky to learn so much from so many and I thank our beautiful fans, who breathe so much energy and appreciation into our shared worlds," Jesse continued. "The experience and endurance born of creating nearly 300 hours of leading global television is a gift I'll carry always. I am immensely proud of our work, our impact and to be moving forward with so many tools, opportunities, allies and dear friends." Although the announcement didn't include specific reasons for Jesse's departure, he reportedly signed his most recent two-year contract in 2019. That deal included allowances for Jesse's planned Broadway debut in "Take Me Out," which was postponed by the coronavirus pandemic and is now expected to open early next year, according to Deadline. The actor's also been steadily expanding his work to include directing and producing as well as activism. Praising his work, Krista called Jesse "an extraordinary artist and activist" and said it's been "a true gift" to watch "his evolution" over the course of 11 years. His final episode, "Tradition," airs May 20.
Eva Mendes recalls being insecure about her appearance as a young actress
The quote "youth is wasted on the young" held special meaning for Eva Mendes this week as she looked back on a photo of herself from the early 2000s. The picture was a still from 2003's "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," which she filmed when she was about 26. Now 47, she said on Instagram that she recalls hating how she looked when the image first came out. "Just came across this picture from a movie that was almost 20 years ago," she wrote alongside the shot. "I remember seeing this photo back then and thinking my face looked 'weird' and that my bone structure was odd …yadda yadda …you know all those insecurities that a 26 year old can have. Meanwhile 20 years later and now I wish I still had that 'weird' face and odd 'bone structure' 😩." She added that her point was perhaps that, "if you hate a photo of yourself wait 20 years then you'll love it." Eva signed off with a reminder that, "Youth is wasted on the young," but her followers quickly made it clear needed no reminding of that fact. "The growth and wisdom chica…I can fully relate," actress Leonor Varela replied in the comments (via ET). Eva, who often responds to commenters, wrote back, "Verdad?! And it's not like I want to be young again, it's just like I didn't realize certain things at the time! And as young chicas we can be so hard on ourselves." When another user chimed in to say, "Oh to be in your 20s and have the wisdom of your 40s!" Eva responded again. "Yes, agreed. That's why I love this quote so much!" she wrote. "But let's think of it this way…we're in our 40s and it can feel daunting but think when we're 60 and we look back to today we'll think 'we were babies in our 40s!' Ok maybe not babies but still young is what I mean. It's all relative."
Elon Musk's upcoming 'SNL' appearance may have already affected Wall Street
As Elon Musk's controversial "Saturday Night Live" hosting spot approached this week, market watchers noticed the pre-show promos and hype appeared to have affected Wall Street. Writing about a sudden spike for dogecoin, one of Elon's favorite cryptocurrencies, one market analyst suggested crypto traders were trying to capitalize on whatever "buzz" might come of the Tesla exec's "SNL" appearance on May 8. "Also known as the Dogefather," Edward Moya wrote, "Musk will undoubtedly have a sketch on cryptocurrencies that will probably go viral for days and further motivate his army of followers to try to send Dogecoin to the moon." By the end of the week, the same outlet was predicting, "dogecoin price's make-or-break moment looms with Elon Musk set to host' the show. (Elon tweeted earlier this month that viewers could expect dogecoin to make some kind of appearance during his performance.) Fortune also reported that if Elon mentions dogecoin on the show, it could force some sudden movement in the trading price of dogecoin. Elon, for his part, seemed to have noticed the buzz, too. After joking in a May 6 SNL" teaser, "I'm a wild card, so there's no telling what I may do," the billionaire tweeted that same day, "cryptocurrency is promising, but please invest with caution!" Some "SNL" cast members, including Pete Davidson, have publicly supported having Elon on the show ("I was like, 'What did he do? He's just like a really wealthy businessman that makes, like, nerd s—…" Pete told Charlamagne Tha God in an interview earlier this week). Others, however, have called Elon out on the seemingly anti-union business practices that helped make him one of the richest people in the world and the skepticism he's voiced about COVID-19.
Olivia Rodrigo slams 'sexist critics' of her songwriting: 'I'm a teenage girl … do you want me to write a song about income taxes?'
Ahead of her debut album release, Olivia Rodrigo has a message for critics who may take issue with the fact that she sings a lot about heartbreak, as is the case in her record-breaking single, "Drivers License." In a new interview with The Guardian, the 18-year-old Disney alum says she's over the "sexist criticism of songwriters like me being told that they only write songs about boys." Citing Taylor Swift, whose habit of taking inspiration from romance has earned her plenty of detractors, Olivia points out something that should be obvious. "I'm a teenage girl," she says. "I write about stuff that I feel really intensely – and I feel heartbreak and longing really intensely – and I think that's authentic and natural. I don't really understand what people want me to write about; do you want me to write a song about income taxes? How am I going to write an emotional song about that?" On her forthcoming debut album, "Sour," Olivia tackles themes beyond just "boys," by the way. "Something I'm really proud of is that this record talks about emotions that are hard to talk about or aren't really socially acceptable especially for girls: anger, jealousy, spite, sadness, they're frowned-upon as b—– and moaning and complaining or whatever," she says. "But I think they're such valid emotions." "Sour" is due out on Universal May 21.
Kendall Jenner gets candid about anxiety: 'Sometimes I feel like I'm dying'
For Kendall Jenner, anxiety's been a regular feature of life for just about as long as she can remember. "I remember being really young – I'd say 8, 9, 10 – and having shortness of breath and going to my mom and telling her that," the model tells clinical psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula in Vogue's "Open Minded" video series, a four-part feature running through May in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. The shortness of breath and other symptoms, Kendall would later come to discover, are common side effects for people who struggle with anxiety, which affects some 40 million Americans. "I think being overworked and being in the situation that I'm in now is kind of what set it out of control in a way," Kendall continues. "I've had times where I feel like I need to be rushed to the hospital because I think my heart's failing, and I can't breathe, and I need someone to help me. Sometimes I think I'm dying." Kendall, 25, also struggles with the perception of what her wealth and success mean — because those things don't ultimately change what she experiences, mental health-wise. "There [are] going to be those people that say, 'What does she have to worry about? What does she have to be anxious about?' And I'll never sit here and say I'm not fortunate…[but] I'm still a human being at the end of the day," she explains. "And no matter what someone has or doesn't have, it doesn't mean they don't have real-life feelings and emotions." As Dr. Durvasula tells Kendall in the clip, lots of people also find their anxiety worsense when they start to believe they're the only ones dealing with it. "Anxiety is like a magnifying glass. It magnifies only the bad things …," she explains, adding that with therapy and medication, "… what we're trying to do is take that magnifying glass and put it to being a regular lens."
Kourtney Kardashian addresses claims she 'single-handedly ended 'KUWTK'
Before the Kardashian-Jenner family confirmed "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" was coming to an end, Kourtney Kardashian made headlines for pulling back from the show in the interest of finding more peace and privacy. That apparently led some fans to accuse Kourtney of being responsible for the decision to break ties with E! after 20 seasons. And as she revealed on the May 6 edition of "KUWTK," she worried that narrative would be believed, despite not being true. "We always said we would do it together as long as we all wanted to do it and felt happy and that it made sense," Kourtney told the camera in a confessional (via E! News). "I've definitely had my moments when I wasn't fully comfortable with filming and then there's so many exciting moments like where we've had the best times and great family trips and so many experiences that we wouldn't have had if we weren't filming. I think it's been a love-hate relationship." Later in the episode, she opened up to Scott Disick about the anxiety she had about the idea she caused the show to end. "It's so funny, there's all these memes online of like, 'Kourtney Kardashian single-handedly ended 'KUWTK,"" she said. "Why?" he replied. "Because you've said before that you don't, like, love filming and stuff like that so they assume you're the one who made the decision? Does it bother you?" She admitted that it did. "Yeah, they're saying it as a joke but I'm sure there's people who really believe it," Kourtney explained. "Every time our contract's up we always have this conversation of like, 'Do we want to keep doing this? What are we happy with? What do we want to do?'" she added. "If everyone wanted to keep doing it I'm sure I would have kept doing it, too. Unless I found my island to move to…."
Childish Gambino sued for copyright infringement
Childish Gambino is facing a second round of copyright scrutiny for his Grammy-winning hit song "This Is America." TMZ reports a rapper who goes by Kidd Wes has filed suit against Childish, whose real name is Donald Glover, claiming he and his co-songwriters stole ideas for their 2018 track from his similar sounding, similarly titled, "Made In America," which he reportedly released in 2016 via SoundCloud and YouTube and registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 2017. According to Kidd, whose real name is Emelike Nwosuocha, the hook in "This Is America" is almost exactly the same as the "Made In America" hook. Kidd also cites Childish's "flow" as being overly similar to his own. Kidd's reportedly seeking "major damages." The Root adds that Childish previously came under fire for allegedly ripping off music for the song from rapper Jase Harley, who accused him and his creative partner Fam Rothstein, of borrowing liberally from his track, "American Pharoah."