Kim Kardashian used to be Taylor Swift's biggest fan
Hard to believe there was a time when Kim Kardashian West was all about Taylor Swift, but it's true. In an ET interview snippet from 2009, Us Weekly reports Kim was asked what the No. 1 song on her iPod was. It was Taylor's "Love Story." "I love Taylor Swift. I'm the biggest Taylor Swift fan," Kim enthused. "I'm watching her on Twitter. I just signed up for Twitter and I'm watching you, Taylor! Following." Fast forward to the MTV VMAs that year and Kanye West's now infamous "Imma let you finish but …" you don't deserve that award, Taylor. Years later, of course, Kanye and Kim claimed they got Taylor's approval on Kanye's song "Famous" and the lyric where he would take credit for Taylor's renown because of the VMA incident. Taylor, who shot back at Kimye with her new single, "Look What You Made Me Do," maintained Kim left some key details out of the story when she leaked a recording of a phone call between Taylor and Kanye about "Famous." "Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me 'that b—-' in his song? It doesn't exist because it never happened. You don't get to control someone's emotional response to being called 'that b—-' in front of the entire world," Swift wrote on social media. "Of course I wanted to like the song. I wanted to believe Kanye when he told me that I would love the song. I wanted us to have a friendly relationship. He promised to play the song for me, but never did. While I wanted to be supportive of Kanye on the phone call, you cannot 'approve' a song you haven't heard. Being falsely painted a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination. I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009."
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Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney still 'talk or text' daily
Add Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney to Hollywood's pool of friendly exes. According to Us Weekly, the two have moved on from their relationship — and engagement — but not from their friendship. "Gaga and Taylor talk or text every single day and meet up when they're in the same city," an insider tells the tab, "but nothing romantic is happening with them." The pair called it quits last summer. Since then. Lady G. has been dating her agent Christian Carino.
Rita Ora volunteers at a donation center for Harvey victims
Hours after posting a plaintive "I want to help" tweet while she was in Dallas, Rita Ora was photographed in sweatpants and a T-shirt packing supplies into boxes to send to Harvey victims 200 miles away in Texas. Metro reports she was joined by members of her entourage at the donation center, where volunteers picked through mountains of needed goods to get them organized and on their way to flood-ravaged Houston. Earlier this week, celebs including Sandra Bullock, Beyonce, the Kardashians, Miley Cyrus, Drake and Kevin Hart, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio's foundation, pledged financial contributions to those affected by the deadly storm.
Why Kendall Jenner won't be in this year's Victoria's Secret show
There's a reason the soon-to-be-named Fashion Icon of the Decade won't be walking in the Victoria's Secret Angels show. According to TMZ, Kendall Jenner had already signed a deal with lingerie line La Perla when it came time to audition for the Angeles show. The website reports Kendall's multi-million dollar deal required she not work with competing brands. Kendall's pal Gigi Hadid, along with on-again-Angel Karlie Kloss, are both slated to appear in the show.
Kenya Moore warns haters not to make 'a mockery' of her marriage
Anyone gossiping about Kenya Moore's new marriage with Marc Daly better zip it — or be prepared to face legal consequences. That's the message the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star announced on Instagram this week when she griped, "It never ceases to amaze me the lengths people will go to discredit you, spread propaganda, boldface lies and publish entire articles based on an 'anonymous' or unknown source." Though she didn't point specific fingers, she assured the perpetrators she isn't messing around. "My marriage and my life will not be made a mockery of. I ignored this empty rhetoric in the past…No more. Enough is enough. I'm fighting back. Be warned, I'm coming for you and we all know how this will end for you. I always have the last laugh." She signed off with the hashtags, "#lawsuit #receipts #reallove #DontF*–WithMyFamily." The couple eloped in June.
Katy Perry's VMA performance may have 'Idol' producers nervous
In the wake of Katy Perry's widely criticized hosting gig at the MTV VMAs last weekend, are ABC's "American Idol" producers concerned they promised her too much money for her participation in the show? We'll take this one with a big RadarOnline-sized grain of salt, but the website alleges network exes may be having second thoughts about her rumored $25 million paycheck, if not having her on the show altogether. "No one ever auditioned her for the new 'Idol' job and they are freaking out that they hired someone who is terrible on live television," a source allegedly told Radar, adding that they were hoping for "a more modulated and thoughtful Katy. Said the insider: "It's not like they're asking her to change her hairstyle or revise her style team, but they are asking her not to upstage the contestants the way some past judges, especially Mariah Carey, had the tendency to do."
Ed Sheeran dedicates a song to his namesake
Some people love Ed Sheeran and some people looooove Ed Sheeran. Rocky Smith and Harmony Smith are apparently in the latter group. They brought their baby daughter to Ed's show in Orlando, Florida, this week and the little girl, Cooper, caught Ed's eye. "How old is she?" he asked, according to E! News . "One year," said Harmony, adding, "Her middle name is Sheeran!" Ed marveled, "I've never seen a baby this calm at a concert. Just chilling there for the whole thing and you guys have been loud, you're singing and she's just kinda like … I love babies." As if to prove his point he proceeded to dedicate his song "Dive" to her. Encouraging the audience to sing along, he assured them, "I want you to be as loud as you can. 'Cause she's gonna be chill."
Eric Stonestreet has a new lady
Love is in the air for Eric Stonestreet! Us Weekly reports the "Modern Family" star is dating a pediatric nurse named Lindsay Schweitzer. The couple appear to have been dating for much of the summer, given their joint appearance at a charity event in Kansas in June, according to the tab. Eric's new relationship is the first that's gone public since his romance with Katherine Tokarz a few years back, although it's the rumors he and Charlize Theron were seeing each other we remember best — probably because of his response to the gossip. "I wish people would stop spreading rumors that Charlize Theron and I are dating.," he tweeted at the time. "It's starting to make Halle Berry jealous."
Are Jeremy Meeks and Chloe Green engaged?
In today's erstwhile hot felon news … the bauble Topshop heiress Chloe Green was wearing in a recent, PDA-filled Instagram story she shared with her beau Jeremy Meeks, was not an engagement ring." Speaking to the Daily Mail, Chloe's rep said "Chloe is not engaged," giving no further information. Chloe and her model beau's relationship has popped into tabloid headlines repeatedly since Jeremy was married when photos of him and his new lady started appearing online. At the time, Jeremy's wife Melissa Meeks told reporters she was under the impression Jeremy was traveling for a modeling job.
Why Richard Simmons' defamation case might not hold water
As Richard Simmons pursues legal action against the National Enquirer and Radar for alleging he's transitioning into a woman, his case has been given a red flag. Richard's lawsuit says the stories the tabs ran were "defamatory," but in an initial ruling, a judge in Los Angeles has pointed out the "misidentification of a person as transgender is not actionable defamation absent special damages," according to the New York Post. The judge added that the prejudices held by some people who might find transgender people to be worthy of ridicule are not grounds for declaring transgender is a negative term. "… The court will not validate those prejudices by legally recognizing them," the judge wrote. Richard's lawyers are reportedly looking at other options as the case continues.