Annie Lennox: ‘Twerking is synonymous with feminism. I do not agree.’

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Annie Lennox is doing press these days to promote her new album, Nostalgia, which is almost entirely jazz standards and the like (think Cole Porter and Gershwin). Usually I think the whole idea of pop singers putting out jazz-standard albums is a pretty blatant money-grab/relevancy-clutch, but in Annie’s case… I’d really like to hear her do Gershwin and Cole Porter. I imagine it’s enchanting because Annie is a goddess/icon/queen.

The last time I covered her, she had mentioned – almost in passing – that she didn’t really care for Beyonce’s style of feminism. Annie branded Beyonce “feminist lite.” It didn’t really seem like shade-throwing, more like an intellectual assessment of what it means to be a feminist historically and where Beyonce falls short. Well, Annie has a new interview with The Daily Beast and they asked her about the Beyonce stuff again. Once again, Annie didn’t back down and she didn’t get personal. She’s enjoying this conversation!

Lennox said she thought she was being asked in general terms. And yes, she considers Beyoncé a bit less than women like Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues. “There is a spectrum in feminism, it’s very broad. It’s very contentious and it’s really complicated.”

“What has happened is I’ll have said something in a sentence, fairly innocuous, and of course the editors look for those little things to tease, they go though it with a fine tooth comb and pull that one thing and make a strapline on top of it,” she says. “They’re all about making it into some sort a battle… I’m thrilled to see the word ‘feminist’ behind Beyoncé, are you kidding me? I think it’s fantastic.”

That said, Lennox does have issues with the way the way the word “feminism” has been thrown around. “There’s a mixed message,” she says. “If you twerk, if you stick out your whatever, if you do that, you’re empowered. That’s where we’re at right now: twerking is synonymous with feminism. I do not agree. It‘s not empowerment from my perspective. It’s demeaning. There’s nothing wrong with sexuality. Sexuality is a fantastic thing, but in performance when people have a very young audience, it’s totally inappropriate.”

[From The Daily Beast]

Annie reminded me of that Tori Amos interview I covered a few months ago. Tori was asked about Miley Cyrus and twerking and all of that, and Tori managed to both defend Miley and talk substantively about what sexual empowerment should really look like. That’s what Annie is saying too – owning your sexuality is great. Every woman should be able to define their sexuality however they want. But not every public display of sexuality can be equated to a feminist act.

There are other great parts of this Lennox interview too – Lennox managed to side-step a tricky question about her feelings on Israel and Palestine. She also mentioned the outpouring of hatred she got for backing the “Better Together” campaign against Scottish Independence. Just before the referendum vote last month, Annie told a reporter that she’d “like to see the Scots put their hatred of the English aside and grow up just a little bit. We should be way beyond that now. It’s actually slightly embarrassing.” Apparently, Annie got so much hate mail she almost quit social media.

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Billy Bob Thornton on Angelina Jolie, his dungeon & ‘quart jars of blood’

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Billy Bob Thornton sat down for a lengthy discussion with students at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film & Television last week. THR transcribed the entire discussion – go here to read. BBT talked about his filmography and it seems like he was extremely generous with his time, talking about the years he struggled and worked odd jobs in Hollywood and then going on to discuss his favorite films and film experiences (he says Bandits is a favorite, which is awesome). But the big headline is that BBT talked about Angelina Jolie and whether they really kept vials of blood around and whether she was really into knives. Here’s the Angelina section:

You were married to Angelina Jolie. How did you like that kind of celebrity life? You were in the news everywhere. He’s got a dungeon, he’s got a vial of blood, he’s this, he’s that…Did you have a vial of blood? A dungeon?

THORNTON: I don’t know how the vial idea started. We did not have a dungeon. It was, I mean it was a crazy time. I mean from ’95 or so when we were making Sling Blade on through the time Angelina and I split up which was 2003 I suppose, that whole time was quite a whirlwind and that was, you know, an amazing time. And I’ve never been fond of it. There’s so many things that you can say about this stuff and you know why I like to do this? I mean if we had three hours it would be so much better. Because I could actually….

Well whether it’s popular or not popular I think it’s your duty to kind of tell people the truth about this stuff and the truth is not encouraged anymore. People want the truth but they only want the truth so they can talk bad about you on the blog or on television. They want you to tell them the truth and it screws everybody. It screws journalists and the actors and stuff too because people clam up. You know, we’re clamming up a lot more these days. And it’s because you know you’re gonna get your ass handed to you. So anyway, during that time the reason I brought that up is because I know people like to say oh he says it’s hard being famous, sure, these over privileged… Well I’ve told you what my life was like. I was hardly over privileged…. I became a movie star overnight. From a working actor and working writer to a movie star by playing that guy. That doesn’t normally happen. Normally you’re 21 years old and you look like Tom Cruise and you do a couple underwear commercials first and then you’re a movie star. That didn’t happen for me. So it was all quite overwhelming.

And then when Angie and I got married and we were friends before that for quite a few years and it was an amazing time and all the stuff that they said about us, I mean it had some basis in fact. I mean you know we had a basement. [LAUGHTER] Which I had a recording studio in. So it was a recording studio and so when I tell a journalist I stay down in the dungeon all the time, you know, recording music and they don’t hear recording music, they hear dungeon. You know. Because it makes a better story.

Vial of blood is very simple. Angie came home one day with a kit she bought which is a… You know those lockets you buy that are clear and you put a picture of your grannie in it or something like that and wear it around your neck? That’s what it was. She bought two of those. We were apart a lot because she’s off making Tomb Raider and I’m making Monster’s Ball. We were on opposite ends, we see each other for two weeks and whatever. She thought it would be interesting and romantic if we took a little razorblade and sliced our fingers, smeared a little blood on these lockets and you wear it around your neck just like you wear your son or daughter’s baby hair in one. Same thing. From that we were wearing quart jars of blood around our necks. [LAUGHTER] And we were vampires and we lived in a dungeon. [LAUGHTER]

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

Yeah, it’s nothing we haven’t heard before – obviously, the whole vials of blood thing and the dungeon and all of that got played up a lot circa 2000-01 because Angelina and BBT were so “weird” and “unconventional.” And looking back, I think it’s mostly because neither of them had mastered PR. Like, they didn’t know how to present themselves in interviews and such. But maybe that’s my old-school Angeloonie speaking. I’ve loved her for so many years!!

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Matthew McConaughey covers GQ, talks God, rom-coms & the ‘Redskins’ name

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Matthew McConaughey covers the November issue of GQ and it’s one of the most comprehensive interviews I’ve ever read. Full stop. MM gave a lot of decent-to-good interviews last year during his Oscar campaign, but now that he’s successfully rebooted his entire career and become an Oscar-winner, Matthew has thoughts. Deep thoughts. About everything from the name “Redskins” to his rom-com past to God to… everything. You can read the full interview here (prepare yourself for the McConauniverse). Some highlights:

His rom-com past, his early fame: “I’ve never had fears that I was stuck in one thing. I’m sure we’re going to talk about the years when I was in romantic comedies and I was seen as the guy who was on the beach, running around shirtless. I did that. Damn right that was me. I wasn’t scared like, “Oh God, I’m going to be stuck here.” But I was like, I understand at some point that that is in italics now. [The italics part of my life] has two parts. One was the myth that was branded and created. Second, yeah, it’s me. I did Fool’s Gold in Australia, had a summer in Malibu, and made a surfer film—basically, when you edit those all together, it was one continuous ninety-degree day on the beach without a shirt. But also, I worked hard to live in Malibu, California. I’m going to the beach! I’m gonna go surfing! No, I don’t want to wear a shirt. I want to get a tan and feel the sun on my bones. And it’s Tuesday. You’re recording it? Good for you…. I’m not going to apologize for enjoying what I do.”

He’s proud of those rom-coms: “Absolutely. These things aren’t easy. What’s hard is to make them look easy. Those kinds of movies are what they are. They get pooh-poohed by critics. They get pooh-poohed by actors themselves. And in a way I get it, but in other ways it’s completely unfair. There’s a buoyancy you need to make them work. I believe I gave them buoyancy. And some of the shoots were very difficult, with me trying to fight for the balls on the guy…Look, I’m happy if you think I “cruised through” those. I did my work.

Babies are his secret weapon: “Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn. Whatever decisions you make in the first six months of becoming a father, double down on them. I mean, you’re meeting the Courier. You’re meeting the Shepherd, the Future Prince. You immediately have something you don’t have to think about. You know what’s important. Bam! And the clarity of that is like, “Whew.” I definitely got more selfish. And at the same time, I think I got more compassionate, which don’t always go together, you know?

Being a lifelong Redskins fan, on whether they should change the name: “Man, it’s twofold. What interests me is how quickly it got pushed into the social consciousness. We were all fine with it since the 1930s, and all of a sudden we go, “No, gotta change it”? It seems like when the first levee breaks, everybody gets on board. I know a lot of Native Americans don’t have a problem with it, but they’re not going to say, “No, we really want the name.” That’s not how they’re going to use their pulpit. It’s like my feeling about gun control: “I get it. You have the right to have guns. But look, let’s forget that right. Let’s forget the pleasure you get safely on your range, because it’s in the wrong hands in other places.”

Whether it would hurt to see the Redskins logo gone: “It’s not going to hurt me. It’s just… I love the emblem. I dig it. It gives me a little fire and some oomph. But now that it’s in the court of public opinion, it’s going to change. I wish it wouldn’t, but it will.”

He goes to church every Sunday: “Yeah. In Texas. It’s non-denominational. It’s based in the faith that Jesus is the son of God, that he died for our sins, but many different denominations come in.

[From GQ]

There’s so much more in that interview. I didn’t want to just give you the motherlode of McConaughquotes, but he talks a lot about going back to church after his kids were born, why he and Camilla decided to marry, how he feels about Lance Armstrong, and whether he thinks vanity is a good thing (spoiler: he believes in vanity). It’s a really fascinating interview and a lot of it is Classic McConaughey because he’s talking about space and time and the waves, bro. As for his stuff about the Washington Redskins… actually, I don’t think there are many Native Americans who are really A-OK with the name. The name needs to be changed. Bro.

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Taylor Swift on her ‘serial-dating’: ‘I thought it was a really sexist angle on my life’

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Taylor Swift has another interesting interview, this time with Esquire. I know a lot of you were yelling about Swifty’s interview yesterday, where she talked about how “sexist” it is that we’re like “haha, she writes blind-item songs about her ex-boyfriends.” I didn’t agree with her, but I also felt like… I don’t know, she’s trying to change. She’s maturing. Is she some amazing truth-telling feminist and we should just take her word that something is “sexist”? No, not really. But I appreciate the fact that she’s actually thinking about those kinds of things, like she’s asking herself “Is this sexism? Would they treat me differently if I was a man doing this?” I bring that up because she’s talking about sexism again, plus loads of other stuff. I edited out a bunch of same-old crap about how much she loves her girlfriends (she’s really going through a Girlfriends Phase and yes, I do think it’s just a phase). You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

Why people pay attention to her dating habits: “I think with every celebrity story there has to be a “Yeah, but …” Take Beyoncé: She’s incredibly talented, gorgeous, perfect role model for girls, empowering women all over the world. Yeah, but … let’s try to pick at her marriage. I think that every celebrity has that. And predominantly women, unfortunately.”

Whether she’s a control freak: “No. The only thing I can’t control is the spin in the press. And so if I know I can’t control that, I have to let it go. In some ways, though, you can control it. I really didn’t like the whole serial-dater thing. I thought it was a really sexist angle on my life. And so I just stopped dating people, because it meant a lot to me to set the record straight—that I do not need some guy around in order to get inspiration, in order to make a great record, in order to live my life, in order to feel okay about myself. And I wanted to show my fans the same thing.”

She handwrites thank you notes to deejays: “I love writing thank-you notes. There’s something very nostalgic to me about the feel of a card and putting pen to paper. How many times in our lives are we required to put pen to paper anymore? There’s something romantic and sort of lost about it. I like things you can touch and things you can keep, because every bit of communication we have is ephemeral in nature. You can just delete an e-mail and it’s like it was never there.”

Takedown culture: “That’s what I don’t like about celebrity culture and the obsession with it, and the takedown culture that we seem to be in. You have celebrities who are pushed to the brink of a public meltdown, and so the public thinks that every person in the public eye has dirty secrets that they’re keeping, or isn’t what they seem, or is masking it and faking sincerity, faking authenticity, faking being surprised at award shows when you win a Grammy.”

Her security personnel: “I fought the idea of having security for a very long time, because I really value normalcy. I really do. I like to be able to take a drive by myself. Haven’t done that in six years. [Even in Tennessee] they have to be in a car behind me. Because just the sheer number of men we have in a file who have showed up at my house, showed up at my mom’s house, threatened to either kill me, kidnap me, or marry me. This is the strange and sad part of my life that I try not to think about. I try to be lighthearted about it, because I don’t ever want to be scared. I don’t want to be walking down the street scared. And when I have security, I don’t have to be scared.

Behind the Music: “When I was a little kid, my friends were watching Disney Channel, but I was watching Behind the Music. And I was drawing these conclusions, like the reason these people went off the rails is because they lost their level of self-awareness. They turned a blind eye to things they didn’t want to see, and all of a sudden all they were seeing were their delusions of grandeur. And I never wanted to make that mistake in my life, regardless of what my career ended up being. I take away these kind of life lessons from that show.

[From Esquire]

I think feminism is so new to Swifty that she thinks crying “sexism” is like waving a magical wand in front of the press to make everyone take her seriously. Talking about who she dates isn’t a “sexist” angle on her life when she’s parading her boyfriends around the paparazzi, organizing Us Weekly covers and cornering exes at the Vanity Fair Oscar party. And she’s still pissed off that people made fun of her near-constant OMG SURPRISE Face at awards shows. Dear Tay-Tay: you are a silly goose. Stop taking yourself so seriously!

Oh, and there’s an interesting answer when she’s asked about her background in country music – her current album is solid pop, as was the last album (although the last one still got some country radio play). Swifty talks about how she learned how to be a professional because she started in country music and hand to God, it sounds like she’s running for political office. Her answer is very Sarah Palin, like Palin’s riff on how the small towns are “real America” as opposed to the big cities.

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Kristen Stewart: ‘Whatever. If everyone is staring at me, that’s fine.’

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Kristen Stewart gave the weirdest interview to USA Today this week. She was supposed to talk about Camp X-Ray, and she managed to say a little bit about it, but the rest of the interview is just Kristen retreating into that sullen teenager “I don’t care, whatever, I’m doing my own thing, whatever.” I kind of wonder if the USA Today journalist was just asking a lot of personal questions and Kristen just shut down, or if she’s trying not to talk about anything political having to do with Gitmo after some of her quotes were taken wildly out of context by the conservative media. You can read the full USA Today piece here and here are some highlights:

Her new life: “I’m really happy right now, overly happy. I’m definitely not looking furtively – I like to look around at (stuff). I feel great. I’m not overcoming fear right now.”

She’s not a political person: “I’m definitely not one to get on a soapbox about things I care about. You can affect change in other ways. That’s why doing interviews about it is funny for me. Dude, I did a movie. I thought [Camp X-Ray] was a courageous reminder. It is not righteous in any way. I was really excited to play an essentially American girl who is so simple. I thought it was interesting to have this girl, a good person, a sweet person, a positively inclined girl, who wants to forget herself and wants to be dignified by something. How do you condemn anyone who wants to serve our country? The denigration of that notion was really interesting.”

She’s about to take some time off: “I’m taking some time off because I’ve been working for two years. I’m an actor and that’s my art form, and because I started that so young, I’ve always felt intimidated and insufficient when I think about other forms of art I want to create. I’m going to take so much time off. I’m going to buy a live-work space in downtown LA and I’m going to make some (stuff) with my hands. Literally, I made that decision a few weeks ago. I’m making a short film. I’m making a bunch of (stuff). I don’t know how I’ll put it out. But I’m not going to hold it so preciously close to me. I write all the time.”

She’s not on Twitter or Facebook & she has a private Instagram account: “What would I Tweet about? Who are you talking to? What are you saying? Imagine sitting here right now and thinking, ‘That’s a good thing to say to the world?’ What? I can’t even understand it.”

Getting back to doing press after a long break: “I’m also not that uncomfortable with it because I’ve gotten used it. I am really traversing this and getting stronger every day. I’m better at this than I ever have been. I like being uncomfortable. I like standing up to things. The last few days have been good, really good. I just got off a two-year stint of filming, so I haven’t had to do (press) for a long time. It wasn’t so loaded. It was nicely civilized and good.”

She’s always looking over her shoulder: “I’ve gotten better about that. Whatever. If everyone is staring at me, that’s fine.”

[From USA Today]

You know what this interview reminded me of? Taylor Swift’s current publicity tour. Both Swifty and Kristen got out of high-profile relationships a few years ago and they both spent some time away from the spotlight, quietly working on various projects. Both women are single right now and they’re both focusing on their respective groups of girlfriends. But that’s where the comparisons end. As for Kristen literally making stuff with her hands when she literally buys a place in downtown LA… okay, sure. I’m sure having some time off over the next few months will help with her Oscar campaign!

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Orlando Bloom & Selena Gomez papped together at LAX: what’s going on?

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Here are some photos of Orando Bloom and Selena Gomez at LAX on Monday. They were not technically “together” but standing several feet apart from one another. Both were papped going through security. Orly took off his shoes and belt, which was nice. I hate getting stuck in line behind someone who refuses to de-shoe. That shows down the whole process. So thank you, Orlando.

We’re supposed to wonder whether or not Orlando and Selena are a couple because of these pics. And because Orly threw a punch at Justin Bieber in Ibiza this summer. Our photo agencies say Orlando and Selena travelled together to the We Day event in Vancouver. Selena spent part of yesterday Instagramming from We Day. So are they, or aren’t they?

My gut says these two aren’t hooking up. Am I wrong? Orly and Selena were spotted together in April at Chelsea Handler’s show. Selena was “off” with Bieber at the time. Selena is currently in another “off” phase from Swaggy after they broke up in Paris during a romantic vacation earlier this month.

This feels like a “revenge” scenario against Bieber with Selena using Orly to get to Swaggy. Bieber already had the last word against Orly after (allegedly) bedding Miranda Kerr, but Selena knows that Bieber will see these photos. Swaggy flexes on his Instagram page all day; so he’s a big internet addict. He pays attention to Selena’s actions. She pays attention to him too. There’s a reason that Selena flashes her cheeks whenever she and Bieber break up.

The sad thing about this whole mess? Selena could do a lot better than both of these guys. She doesn’t need Swaggy or Orlando.

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Shailene Woodley on taking it off for movies: ‘I’m only 22. My boobs are great’

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Shailene Woodley isn’t the new Jennifer Lawrence, at least not on this blog. Shailene’s off-camera shtick is limited to her earth-child persona and she’s not nearly as interesting as JLaw. That’s sad because she does show serious talent in her films.

I watched White Bird in a Blizzard last weekend. The film’s twist was a gut punch, and Shailene was fantastic. Her performance quality had little to do with how often she disrobed during the movie. She told Hollywood life that she’d never shy away from nudityIf that happened to be part of the story in a really beautiful, grounded, honest way.” This film is very honest, and Shailene loses her top a lot. Here’s what she had to say about her magnificent rack:

Shailene Woodley stars in White Bird in a Blizzard. Forget not understanding the title. The question is, where’s her first name come from?

“My mother saw ‘Shai’ on a license plate, loved it, and tried figuring how to adapt it. Shailo, Shailee, Shailey, Shailette. So it became Shailene.”

She started acting “at age 5. By accident. I grew up in a small suburban California town. I was good in school. I was a nerd. The opportunity came to do commercials, and my parents were supportive.”

About her oft-discussed sexy scene in the movie, it’s “crazy. And sort of wrong. But I felt great doing it. I was not fully robed. And our bodies had no makeup. Who needs makeup? I’m only 22. My boobs are great. They don’t need any help. My parents saw the film. I thought it might be awkward, but they both loved it.”

OK.

Shailene did not arrive for her screening in the usual tight, spangled, designerish, low-cut, crotch-showing loaner dress, borrowed jewelry and teased shellacked hair. It was simple black pants, coat, headband. She’s also an outspoken feminist.

“Women should be there for other women. It’s such cruelty and competition out there. Women must help other women. Not say those ugly things about the others just out of their insecurity. I don’t believe in that.”

Started acting at 5, has a one-off name, parents loved her naked scene, dressed plainly for her screening. Shailene Woodley’s different.

[From Page Six]

Sigh. She’s not wrong. Her rack does look good in this movie, and being 22 years old doesn’t hurt matters. It’s easy to roll my eyes at Shailene’s declaration, but at least she’s not humblebragging. She’s not saying other people think her rack is awesome. She just likes her own rack. There’s something admirable in that statement. Shailene is simply being “open and lovely” with us.

By the way, did you catch how Page Six is trying to erase Shailene’s anti-feminist stance? I wonder if that’s Shailene’s PR people at work.

P.S. Here’s Shailene’s co-star, Shiloh Fernandez. He cleans up pretty well, but this photo makes me want to dunk him in Lysol.

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The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1: New Footage!

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Peeta is alive.

In a new trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Katniss is gearing up for a battle against the Capitol when she’s stopped in her brave tracks by a video that doesn’t just feature her quasi boyfriend… it features him sending an unexpected message.

Peeta is seen telling all rebels to “lay down their weapons” and when Katniss defends him as being forced to do so by President Snow, Gale responds harshly.

“Everyone has a choice, Katniss, and I’d rather die than say what he just said,” Liam Hemsworth says in the sneak peek.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is a mouthful.

It’s also third film in this beloved sci-fi series, which is based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novels.

The film will feature the return of many familiar faces, including Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, Willow Shields, Woody Harrelson and late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

It will be released on November 21 and Lorde will sing the main single on the soundtrack.

Here’s an early look at various photos from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

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This is our first look at Julianne Moore in Mockingjay. It’s safe to say we’re excited for the film.

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Kesha SLAMS Dr. Luke on Twitter: Abusive F–ker Didn’t Win!

Last week, Kesha filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke, claiming that her former producer harassed and sexually assaulted her several times over a period of ten years.

Luke countersued Kesha, claiming that the accusations were part of an elaborate extortion plot coordinated by Kesha, her mother, and her new management team.

Now, Kesha’s attorneys have called the media’s attention to a series of tweets the singer posted early this year that seem to corroborate her claims of ongoing abuse:

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“These music business a-sholes (well, Dr. Luke) had almost successfully crushed my magic. But that f–ker didn’t win!” reads one tweet, posted while Kesha was in rehab receiving treatment for an eating disorder and emotional issues. She later added:

“I’m here working out some emotional trauma & abuse. There’s someone I work with that is SO abusive.”

Kesha’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, also issues a statement explaining why his client waited so long to file suit:

“She is not a very confrontational person,” Geragos says. “The efforts were always met with psychological warfare, predatory behavior, and things of that ilk.”

“She finally got to a place where she is surrounded by people that are supportive enough that she felt like she could finally do it. She just couldn’t go on this way.”

Luke had previously claimed that Kesha put off filing the papers so that she could blackmail him into letting her out of her contract with his record company.

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Taylor Swift Talks Death Threats, Stalker Fans in Dark Interview

As anyone who’s listened to Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York” knows, the former breakup balladeer is rocking a more upbeat, poppy sound these days, but that doesn’t mean all is bright and sunny in Swifty Land.

Taylor Swift With Her Kitty

Taylor sat down for an interview with Esquire recently and she unexpectedly opened up about the dark (and occasionally scary) side of having millions of adoring fans. 

“I fought the idea of having security for a very long time, because I really value normalcy,” Swift says. “I like being able to take a drive by myself. Haven’t done that in six years.”

“They have to be in a car behind me. Because just the sheer number of men we have in a file who have showed at my house, showed up at my mom’s house, threatened to either kill me, kidnap me, or marry me.”

Needless to say, there’s a terrifying side to being one of the world’s most popular artists. Too bad she can’t just give these creeps the old, “No, it’s Becky,” excuse and be on her way.

“This is the strange, sad part of my life that I try not to think about,” Taylor added. “I try to be lighthearted about it, because I don’t want to be scared.”

Suddenly we have a new appreciation for why Taylor named her cat Olivia Benson.  Who could be afraid when you have NYC’s most badass crimefighter purring at your feet?

Taylor Swift and Olivia Benson


Taylor and the newest addition to her cat family. Olivia is named for Mariska Hargitay’s character on Law & Order: SVU.

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