With "Kong: Skull Island" heading to theaters this week, Tom Hiddleston is in the final promotional stretch for the film; we're guessing he couldn't be happier. A number of "Kong" interviews have waded into "what happened with you and Taylor Swift" territory, and Tom's recent chat with the Telegraph was no different. Asked if he regretted "the publicity and gossip the romance engendered," he reportedly responded "testily." "What should I regret, in your mind? I would rather not talk about this, if that's alright," he said (via E! News). After some thought he offered: "I'm just thinking about this. Everyone is entitled to a private life. I love what I do and I dedicate myself with absolute commitment to making great art and great entertainment, and in my mind I don't conflict the two. My work is in the public sphere and I have a private life. And those two things are separate." The actor also addressed his highly publicized, three-month relationship with Taylor in the March edition of GQ, explaining that he refuses to "live in fear of what people might say." While he thinks "Taylor is an amazing woman" who is "generous and kind and lovely," he reminded GQ that "a relationship always takes work … and it's not just the limelight, it's everything else." "Kong: Skull Island" opens Friday, March 10.
Gwen Stefani looks back on writing 'Just a Girl'
More than 20 years ago, Gwen Stefani belted out "I'm just a girl / little ol' me / Well, don't let me out of your sight / I'm just a girl / all pretty and petite / so don't let me have any rights / Oh, I I've had it up to here!" Recorded in 1995 with no Doubt, it became a hit almost instantly, summing up so much of what Doc Marten-clad teenage girls and young women were feeling about who they were versus who they were expected to be. When she wrote the song, Gwen was feeling that way, too. "I just literally started songwriting, I didn't even know that I knew how to song write," she tells People in a new interview. "My parents were quite strict with me and I was living at home, even into my 20s. And I would have to come home and knock my parents' door. And it was frustrating because I was already like older. I can remember thinking, 'Wow, I'm in the car right now, I'm driving home, it's like one in the morning and if something did happen to me, I'm vulnerable because I'm a girl. And you start to think, 'Wow, maybe people actually look at me different because I am a female.'" She continued: "I just wanted to write a song to express how I was feeling in that moment and I never in my wildest dreams thought that anyone would hear it. That song has been incredible and I remember coming up with every single line. I have a really bad memory but I really, really remember that moment and feeling I could really relate to myself and this song … I felt like it really echoed exactly how I felt. I think that when I do that song now, it still feels like it represents, it's beyond an age, it just represents a feeling so I feel really proud of it."
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Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp hung out the day he said she hates him
If Meg Ryan "hates" John Mellencamp "to death," as he insisted in a recent interview with Howard Stern, why were the exes hanging out together in New York the same day the interview aired? A source tells the New York Post a fan photographed the two on the streets of the Big Apple. "I don't even think he knows the photo exists. He hasn't said one word about it," said the insider. "They didn't seem lovey dovey … chumey [sic] or coupley." Perhaps talking about Meg inspired John to give her a call that day. "I loved Meg Ryan," he said on the air with the shock jock. "She hates me to death . . . I think it's because I'm a child. I throw fits, I gripe, I complain. I'm moody. Every bad thing that a fella can be, that's me. She just doesn't want anything to do with me. And I can't blame her." The pair split in 2014 after three years of dating.
Celebrities react to Ben Carson's declaration that slaves were immigrants
Amid a flurry of emotional responses to Donald Trump's travel ban 2.0, newly minted Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson had some thoughts to share about the history of immigrants in America. Specifically, he called slaves immigrants — and celebs aplenty took issue with the alternative fact (ahem). "That's what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity," Carson told HUD staffers (via Us Weekly). "There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they, too, had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters, might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land." Among those who tweeted about the difference between being stolen, shipped across the sea and sold into permanent slavery and choosing to relocate to "pursue prosperity" was Samuel L. Jackson. "OK!! Ben Carson….I can't!," he began. "Immigrants ? In the bottom of SLAVE SHIPS??!! MUTHA—– PLEASE!!! #d—headedtom." Whoopi Goldberg chimed in, "Ben Carson..please read or watch Roots, most immigrants come here VOLUNTARILY,cant't really say the same about the slaves..they were stolen." Ava DuVernay echoed a similar sentiment: "Their dream? Not be kidnapped, tortured, raped, forced to mate, work for another's gain, torn from family + culture."
Tyga hit with $65,000 default judgment
A judge is adding nearly $65,000 to Tyga's growing pile of money problems. TMZ reports a court found in favor of Z Entertainment in a lawsuit filed against Tyga for allegedly failing to abide by the terms of his contract with the promoter. According to the website, the rapper agreed in a 2015 contract that he would perform at Z Entertainment's club — and not perform at neighboring clubs within a certain period of time so as to avoid competition. He reportedly performed at competitor venues anyway. TMZ reports Tyga also skipped out on a scheduled show at Z's club the year before.
Kate Moss on her new agency: 'I'm maternal'
At the Kate Moss Agency, models have to show off their personalities and talents, not just their looks, to earn representation by one of the most successful supermodels in history. Kate Moss, 43, opens up about her decision to start the agency in British Vogue's new cover story, explaining that she works closely with her brand and business manager, Camilla Johnson-Hill, to find young women who don't necessarily fit the traditional model mold. From there, Kate tries to encourage and look after clients. "I'm maternal; I don't want the girls to feel insecure," she says (via the Daily Mail). "As I get older, it seemed like the natural thing to do was to take responsibility for my choices both as a model and with the branding I put my name to."