Demi Lovato: “I don’t see anybody in any sort of squad that has a normal body”

Demi Lovato: “I don’t see anybody in any sort of squad that has a normal body”

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Demi Lovato recently opened up to Glamour Magazine about body image, the lack of normal bodies in Taylor Swift’s squad and feminism:

On the negative response to her “Body Say” images:

You don’t say anything, because you can never win. Whether they’re saying that you’re ugly, or that you’re a whore, or that you’re a bad role model, or something else, you’re never gonna win.

On exploring sexuality in her image and music:

We live in an imbalanced society when it comes to encouraging male sexuality and discouraging female sexuality. In 20 years I hope we’ll look back like, Wow, that’s how it used to be.

Question: You’ve said before, in regard to Taylor Swift, “Don’t brand yourself a feminist if you don’t do the work.” How do you see yourself doing the work?

Just speaking out. I’m not afraid to talk about the fact that women get paid less than men in the United States and how unfair that is. Talking about it at all is doing the work. And I think every woman does her part in some way. But I think in certain situations, certain people could be doing more if they’re going to claim that as part of their brand. To be honest, and this will probably get me in trouble, I don’t see anybody in any sort of squad that has a normal body. It’s kind of this false image of what people should look like. And what they should be like, and it’s not real.

Question: Well, there are many kinds of “normal” bodies. I think what you’re getting at is there’s just one type of body in that squad.

It’s not realistic. And I think that having a song and a video about tearing Katy Perry down, that’s not women’s empowerment. We all do things that aren’t, but I have to ask myself, Am I content with calling myself a feminist? Yes, because I speak out.

Question: Do things besides a busy schedule still trigger you?

Yeah, of course. Seeing cocaine in movies. I’ve never watched The Wolf of Wall Street. I can’t. I don’t like to go out to clubs, because I find myself seeing remnants of drugs in the bathroom. I did the Victoria’s Secret Swim Special, and being surrounded by supermodels’ bodies was triggering to me. I remember asking, “How do you maintain your figure?” Some said, “I really have to work at it.” Others said, “It’s genetics.” It was interesting to hear that it wasn’t through unhealthy [behaviors]. It was a great learning experience. I still felt sexy, having a different body than these women. I had Wilmer there, who loved my curves—that helped.

Taylor Swift’s squad that lacks normal bodies, according to Demi:

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Ashley Graham: “I have cellulite. I have back fat. I’ve got a thick stomach”

Ashley Graham: “I have cellulite. I have back fat. I’ve got a thick stomach”

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On being the hot girls in DNCE’s music video:

“I didn’t think the video would have the impact it did. I just thought it was going to be cute. But the comments have been so positive. These girls are like, ‘OMG, thanks for putting “real women” in a music video.’ I don’t believe in that term, but, you know, bravo to DNCE for stepping out of the box and really taking it there by having a girl who typically isn’t represented.”

On her body:

“You know what’s so funny? I think women think I’m inspirational because I’m unapologetic. I have cellulite. I have back fat. I’ve got a thick stomach. But I work my body like I don’t because I don’t know any other body. I don’t know how to feel thin. I just know how to feel like Ashley.”

On how muscly guys love bigger girls:

“Those were muscle guys, and those are the types of guys you don’t think like curvy women, but they love them. Girls my size are like, ‘Oh, I could never get a guy like that.’ Actually, you could, girlfriend! I’m living proof that you can have whatever you want in spite of what people say is a ‘flaw.’ Whether it’s a race thing or not being smart enough or pretty enough—there are so many things that are hanging over women’s heads, but you have to fight through it.”

On the fact that there’s no such thing as the Perfect Body:

“I’ve been a size 12, and I thought I was so hot. But now I’m a 14 to 16, and I honestly couldn’t be happier—I’m just content. Of course, I look at my body and think ‘Oh, I want to tighten up my arms a bit, or I wish my ass was lifted higher.’ But nobody has the perfect body. There’s no such thing.”

… says Ashley.

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Alicia Keys on Going Makeup-Free: “In a lot of ways I’m sick of it”

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On choosing to go makeup-free at different red carpet events this year:

Really empowering. Really freeing. The thing is, it really came from because we put so many limitations on ourselves, on each other. Society puts limitations on it. In a lot of ways I’m sick of it. I’m over it to be honest. That’s a lot of what the music is about. It’s about being our own unique selves. We each have something that no one else has. It would be so amazing to just embrace each other how we are.

… says 35 year-old Alicia.

 

Tracy Anderson: “It’s fine to have pizza. It’s fine to have ice cream”

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On the biggest mistake women make after workouts:

“It’s the detox to retox mentality. You have women saying, “Oh, I worked out, now I’m going to go lose all emotional control for the rest of the day, and eat pizza and a pint of ice cream.” And I’m not saying you shouldn’t eat those things. It’s fine to have pizza. It’s fine to have ice cream. You need to make sure more than anything that you’re having balance. You can’t do one good thing and trick yourself into thinking you’ve earned the right to do something bad.”

On whether celebrities are better at staying in shape:

“No. I think the celebrity culture is all about tricking people into wanting somebody else’s life that seems to be better than theirs. But then there’s also real entertainers and craftspeople who are all different shapes and sizes. They understand what they’re good is at is entertaining and connecting people through love of music, through escape. But I don’t think real artists care to dangle their “hot bodies” in people’s faces for commercial purposes. I don’t consider that to be a true artist. I think there’s a whole sort of breed of artist that is narcissistic and so it’s their narcissism and other people’s desires to fit in or be beautiful and accepted that these people play on to manipulate their emotions with, and I think that is disgusting.”

… says Tracy.

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Katy Perry’s Parents Want You to Pray for Their Daughter

Katy Perry is one of the most successful female artists on the planet.

She’s managed to stay relevant ever since the release of her hit single, “I Kissed A Girl” way back in 2008.

Her parents, Keith and Mary Hudson are deeply religious and recently lifted the lid on how they really felt about their daughter.

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They revealed crazy information about the family across two packed services at the Church of Grace in Yorba Linda, California on July 17 and 18.

It isn’t news that the both Keith and Mary have been embarrassed by their daughter’s past. You only need to look at some of her music videos to find out why.

They even chimed in on her feud with Taylor Swift.

“Don’t judge her, pray for her,” they implored.

Okay then.

Her mother also addressed Perry’s new single, “Rise.”

“She [Katy] released a new song called ‘Rise.’ It says, ‘My feet have been put to the fire but I will rise.’ That’s what she’s about right now.”

Could this mean that the singer’s new material will be less racy than past efforts?

Keith noted that he recently spoke to Perry and even talked about the lyrics of the track.

“If you listen to this new song you know it ain’t over yet. She talks about some things. She’s good.”

“I want you to pray for my daughter,” he added. “Don’t judge her, pray for her. She’s going to be singing Rise for the Olympics this year. We’re very proud of it and her.”

It all sounds pretty bizarre.

At least we know that they like the new song more than her first big hit.

“We certainly like it more than ‘I Kissed A Girl,'” he said of her new music. “When ‘I Kissed A Girl’ came out we thought about moving to Venezuela because of the shame.”

Perry’s mom added: “We were going to save [former Venezuelan President who died in 2013] Hugo Chavez but it’s too late for that now.”

Keith took things one step further and commented on his days in the 1960s, taking drugs.

“I looked like John the Baptist coming out of the woods but I wasn’t eating locusts, baby. My candy was LSD! I was taking it like candy.”

Did anyone expect anything like this to come out? It came pretty much out of the left field.

Basically, they wanted to let us know that there was time they were ashamed of their daughter, but not now.

What do you think about it all?

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Selena Gomez Breaks Down in Concert, on Instagram: I Need to Rethink My Life!

Selena Gomez was on the verge of tears in concert, then broke down on Instagram this weekend, leaving fans worried for the singer.

Labeling herself as inauthentic and disconnected (she said “unauthentic” and “unconnected,” but same thing), she’s clearly a hard time.

That much is obvious … what we don’t know is what prompted it.

The star kicked off the international part of her Revival world tour Saturday night in Jakarta, Indonesia, just one day after turning 24.

She appeared to be having a blast with her friends as they all arrived in the country, looking giggly and excited to see everyone on Snapchat.

“I’m very, very happy and excited,” she said in one video.

The singer also noted that “everybody here is so nice.”

Something beneath the facade is amiss though.

Just before performing her hit song “Kill ‘Em With Kindness” to end the show, Gomez got emotional as she addressed the raucous crowd:


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“The next song,” she told the Selenators, “before I go home, is a song that’s so important to me, because I get really frustrated.”

“I get stupid sometimes,” the singer said. “I say things that I don’t mean, or that come out wrong, just because I care so badly.”

Was this an allusion to how so many people online slammed Gomez for defending Taylor Swift in her ongoing beef with Kimye?

Selena quoted from her song as she said, fighting back tears:

“Truth is the last thing we need right now is hate, in any form. But the thing is, at the end of the day, no war in anger was ever won.”

It’s not clear where she was going with that, but she went on:

“I do know that deep down in my heart, that I have to believe that we can love each other and always be kind, no matter what it takes.

“I believe that we can do that, no matter what.”

That emotional plea might have been the end of it, but things took a more worrisome turn when Gomez posted a note on Insta later that night:

“Tonight I felt extremely unauthentic, unconnected to both myself and my music,” she posted, as you can see from the screen shot above.

“I’ve never really felt like my materials, wardrobe or a video could define me. I act on a moment and fear that something hasn’t happened.”

“I’m stagnant, I stay still and don’t just sit with myself first and ask ‘Is this where I am, whole heartedly?’ I’ve always told the truth.”

“I’m always true to my word, I’ve shown who I am but I need to rethink some areas of my life creatively and personally.”

Selena captioned the image, “not being negative about anything I’ve done. I’m grateful for every single moment I get here.”

“Indonesia you were LOUD and clearly inspiring. Love you so much”

Again, we don’t know what prompted any of these surprising revelations, but it’s undeniable that something got in her head.

This would not be the first time Selena’s fragile mental state has been a cause for concern, but it’s worrisome nevertheless.

Here’s hoping she finds whatever it is that she’s looking for.

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Kate Hudson is casually dating Diplo, Katy Perry’s ex, but his rep denies it

Kate Hudson is casually dating Diplo, Katy Perry’s ex, but his rep denies it

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Kate Hudson was seen leaving the Met Gala in May with Diplo (above), whom you might remember as Katy Perry’s ex and the guy who saw through Taylor Swift’s BS before it was as transparent as it is now. (After reviewing some stories about his beef with Taylor, he seems rather prescient about her.) Kaiser reminds me that Diplo is also a highly successful producer and DJ and that she would still hate bang him. So would Kate Hudson, apparently, because these two are said to have hooked up some time last week in Ibiza.

Kate Hudson has found her boy of summer: Diplo. “They are dating,” a source reveals a source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly.

The actress and the DJ, both 37, who exited NYC’s Met Gala together in May, connected in mid-July near Ibiza, Spain, the insider says. She was vacationing with girlfriends; he had a day off after playing nearby at club Pacha. (His rep denies the romance.)

She documented her travels and raved about her trip via Instagram. “What a blast,” the Marshall star posted July 18. “Til next time, Ibiza!”

Before the getaway, she reunited with her ex fiancé, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy, to celebrate their son Bingham’s fifth birthday by jetting to London July 9 to see the new Harry Potter play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. (The Glee alum also shares 12-year-old son Ryder with her ex-husband, Chris Robinson.)

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Good for her. It looks like a casual hookup and that seems like the type of relationship Kate prefers. Also she like musicians, her last thing was with Nick Jonas and of course she has son Bing with Muse’s Matt Bellamy and was married to The Black Crowes’s Chris Robinson. (To my friend J who insisted last week that DJs/producers are not musicians, you are WRONG. I didn’t tell you to your face but I will do so in this passive aggressive way now.) I would kind of love it if Kate and Diplo became a power couple and started a PR feud with Taylor and Tom. That’s not going to happen, but it would be like Gossip Christmas and Gossip New Year’s put together.

Also, do you remember how Cher tweeted earlier this week that Kate Hudson’s clothing subscription service, Fabletics, seemed like a scam? Well Life & Style has a new story about how Kate is mad at her mom, Goldie Hawn, for buying clothing from a competitor. They quote a source who says that Goldie “recently went into Exhale, a spa in NYC, and bought loads of great Victoria Keen yoga pants and spawear.” Kate was said to be “furious… [she] obviously wants her mom to be wearing her Fabletics line.” Goldie has Instagrammed photos where she’s wearing Fabletics but she said Kate sent them to her. It’s not like Goldie is going to pay $50 a month to get sent clothing someone else picks for her, she wants to go in and buy it herself.

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Kate Hudson and Diplo at The Standard High Line in NYC
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