Mired In Controversy, More Popular Than Ever: The KarJenner Fam Loves The Scandal Spotlight!

Say what you must about the KarJenner clan, but they sure know how to fire up a spark in the media and keep their famous name front and center for years, and years… and years.

It doesn’t hurt that they’ve filmed well more than a dozen highly-popular seasons of their own reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, of course. But besides that they’ve proven to be masters at staying up in the news cycle… almost no matter what. It’s been so impressive, in fact, that it’s kind of hard to hate. It’s just one scandal after another after another flipped into more and more success! Failing forward!

Whether or not the drama is manufactured for the reality TV cameras is sort of irrelevant. Over the years, Kim Kardashian West, Kris Jenner, Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner, and even Rob Kardashian have seamlessly moved from scandal to scandal, fake or real, Tv-variety or authentic, to steadily become more popular and more influential each time! It’s like everything these people touches turns to gold!!! Where can we get some of that?!

Feel free to find yourself skeptical of all that, but the longer they’re in the public eye, the more the KarJenner clan really keeps on proving the old adage to be true: all press really is good press in this day and age. To help you figure all that out, you can click the latest post links (below) to scroll through and see exactly how many times this fam has been in serious hot water in the court of public opinion, only to keep rising higher and higher in the entertainment world!

So crazy, they make more comebacks and resurrections than ANYONE!

And so shrewd!!! We see you workin’, Momma Kris! Ha!!!

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Is The Chrisley Family Too Good To Be True??

The rumor mill has been coming hard for virtually the entire Chrisley family for quite some time now — but depending on your perspective on the allegations surrounding the famous TV fam, it may all be self-inflicted and totally deserved!

The patriarch of the fam’s show Chrisley Knows Bestnone other than the man Todd Chrisley himself, is suffering a TON of negative and skeptical media attention of late, after allegations surfaced that he reportedly extorted his own estranged daughter, Lindsie, by threatening her with an apparently ill-gotten copy of her accidental sex tape. That’s not just tacky, if true, but also supremely weird — and, potentially, highly illegal. Yeah…

Related: Robby Hayes Is Now Working With The Feds Against The Chrisleys…

Imagine our surprise, then, when after posting a series of our most recent stories about the Chrisley family’s ongoing ugly sex tape/extortion controversy, a reader messaged us about something very, very interesting that happened to her.

After the reader commented on one of our story posts about the famous family over on Instagram earlier today, she noticed somebody very, um, famous, had “liked” her comment. Ch-ch-check out our exchange (below), with Chrisley daughter Lindsie clearly taking the time to react to the reader’s comment about the fam being too good to be true:

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An astute social media commenter noticed Lindsie ‘liked’ her comment about the family appearing to actually be too good to be true! Whoa! Now what could that mean?! / (c) Perez Hilton/Instagram

Wow!!!

Not exactly a ringing endorsement of Papa Chrisley and his fam, is it, y’all?! We know Lindsie is obviously on the outs with the fam to begin with right now, but still… too many “likes” like this will give away the game and show off the Chrisleys to potentially (allegedly!) be as phony as they come.

We’re just left wondering exactly how they are still too good to be true… what’s so phony about them that doesn’t come across on camera?? SO JUICY!!!

Related: Lindsie Had Previously Been Up For Reconciliation On ONE Major Condition…

What do U think about all this Chrisley family drama, Perezcious readers?!

Are the Chrisleys really too good to be true, and it’s only a matter of time before they get fully outed here? Or is this just a minor (and unfair) bump in the road for the famous fam, merely a moment before they turn things around and keep doing the deed on reality TV?!

Sound OFF about all of it and more in the comments (below)…

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Shawn Mendes Dedicates A Song To ‘Mami’ Camila Cabello Ahead Of Their Upcoming VMAs Performance!

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello are more than comfortable with a little PDA!

The Señorita singer took yet another opportunity to show love for his lady when he pulled the former Fifth Harmony singer on stage and dedicated a song to her during his concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on Friday, August 23.

Related: Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello — A 5 Year (!!!) Relationship Timeline

A fan in attendance at the show told Us Weekly things were going along smoothly when Camila suddenly appeared on stage with Shawn:

“Camila came out a little more than halfway through Shawn’s concert at the back of the floor on a raised platform. When Shawn introduced his song Fallin’ All in You, he ended with, ‘This one is for my Mami!’ and he pointed to Camila.”

AWWW!

The source said Cabello was definitely feeling the public display of affection and at one point even got down on her knees to look into her lover’s eyes as he sang to her! 

“She was with a male friend throwing her hands up in the air when he started playing. She was wearing one of his bracelets that was glowing as she was dancing. Halfway through the song, she got down on her knees and was looking lovingly at the stage and stayed there until the end when she jumped up and down and screamed and pointed. He was looking directly at her.”

Sounds steamy! The songstress reportedly did not budge from her special spot on stage for the rest of the show, either.

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Shawn & Camila definitely know a thing or two about chemistry! / (c) WENN

This all comes just days before the two are set to take the stage at the MTV VMAs at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Monday, August 26. (Set your DVRs!)

We’re almost certain they’ll give us an encore of the lovey-dovey situation that took place in Brooklyn this week!

Innerstingly enough though, with all of the exciting and romantic things happening in her life, the Havana singer has been focusing on her mental health and staying grounded through it all.

The 22-year-old opened up about her love-hate relationship with social media and why she’s spending less time online and enjoying more moments IRL. That same day of the concert, she took to Instagram and penned a lengthy message to fans, which you can read (below):

“Really wanted to send love to everyone on here – I don’t go on social media that much cause it’s not good for me, and I don’t know how to not be affected by what people say on here so I just don’t read it- but I am totally aware that I can use this platform to help people even in small ways! “So to anyone on here who is struggling, which we all do sometimes cause we’re human!!! I super recommend taking five minutes out of your day to just breathe.”

The starlet goes on to explain how meditation has truly helped her in recent weeks, adding:

“I’ve been doing this lately and it’s helped me so much, I didn’t understand meditation before, or the concept of just noticing your breath, but I’ve been doing it the past few months and I can feel the quality of my life improving – I used to live so much in my head, constantly trapped in my overthinking and being in my head as opposed to the present moment- and lately just going back to my breath and focusing on it puts me back in my body and back in the present and helps me so much. Take five minutes out of your day today to just inhale for 5 seconds through your nose, and exhale for 5 seconds through your mouth – and super focus on your breath and how it feels coming in and out of your nostrils.”

Camila concluded her post with continued advice and lots of love for her followers, writing:

“Do it three times a day and whenever you feel yourself getting overwhelmed. I know lots of us on here are growing up and learning how to be human lol, and that can be intense and hard sometimes – I think some tools are really life-changing and help you know how to do that better, so I just thought I’d share something that’s really helped me, and hopefully it helps you guys!!!! Anyway, LOVE YOU!!!! See you soon 😈😈😈😈.”

Thanks for the solid advice! We know you’ve got a long going on these days — but keep your head up, girl!

Thoughts, Perezcious readers?

[Image via Ray Garbo/WENN/Camila Cabello/Instagram]

Cameron Dallas Opens Up About Rehab, Addiction, Anxiety, & Depression In Powerful Video

Cameron Dallas is opening up about what’s been going on behind the scenes in his life… and it’s certainly raising some eyebrows from fans and those across the entertainment industry.

The 24-year-old internet star posted a video to his Instagram account on Friday afternoon, candidly revealing he’s now been sober for 105 days after spending the last two and a half years struggling with addiction, anxiety, family trauma, and a host of other issues. But thankfully, apparently with the help of considerable rehab and mental health treatment, it now appears he’s on the right track.

Related: Cameron Dallas Accused Of ‘Homophobic’ Water Attack

In the video, Dallas says (below):

“I have been in rehab, and I have been getting help and dealing with addiction, anxiety, depression [and] family trauma… I’m 105 days sober, so that’s really awesome, and I want to stay on this path. I kind of want to be an advocate an help others and spread awareness to people to give them an opportunity to get help.”

Wow!

You can watch the whole video (below):

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Progress not perfection, this is something that means a lot to me and I’m so thankful for all the opportunities I’ve been given and the patience that has been graciously bestowed upon me by so so many people whether it be my Family, Friends, my Team, my Fans, or anyone that came into contact with me in general. I want to say sorry to the people that I pissed off &/or disrespected whether I was conscious of it or not while I was in my addiction, no one deserves to be treated less than and everyone deserves to be respected in their own right. Dealing with this over the last 2 1/2 years has slowly & painfully dragged me into the shallowest, darkest places in my life destroying my mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. I want everyone to know that there IS hope even when it seems helpless, that there IS serenity even when you’re filled with anxious thoughts. That you CAN overcome addiction and codependency if YOU choose to get help and really want it for yourself. I’m very thankful fir the people that put up with my bullshit through this, I can’t thank you all enough. One of the biggest things for me coming back, was surrounding myself with people that wanted more For me than From me, and really digging in on the underlying problems of the things I couldn’t face or figure out in my life that I buried deep down in my soul that made me turn to these addictions to escape. There is a big Stigma around Rehab and I am guilty of thinking of it as a “bad” or “dirty” place for “horrible” people to go to, but until I got there I realized how positive and great these facilities are. They truly help guide you in changing your direction to become the best you possible, they also aim to help your families understand how they can work on themselves to have better communication between each other and how to be assertive. This is what I wanted to talk about today & share. Thank you for taking the time to listen. I hope this is received well and I want to start diving in more and more about these things over the course of my life sharing it with you all along the way. I also recently came upon a charity that raises money for (continued in comments)

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Powerful… and real… and very inspiring!!

Related: Police Report Reveals More About Cameron Dallas’ Aspen Arrest

Along with the clip itself, Dallas wrote this lengthy post explaining more about what’s been going on, too (below):

“Progress not perfection, this is something that means a lot to me and I’m so thankful for all the opportunities I’ve been given and the patience that has been graciously bestowed upon me by so so many people whether it be my Family, Friends, my Team, my Fans, or anyone that came into contact with me in general. I want to say sorry to the people that I pissed off &/or disrespected whether I was conscious of it or not while I was in my addiction, no one deserves to be treated less than and everyone deserves to be respected in their own right. Dealing with this over the last 2 1/2 years has slowly & painfully dragged me into the shallowest, darkest places in my life destroying my mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health.

I want everyone to know that there IS hope even when it seems helpless, that there IS serenity even when you’re filled with anxious thoughts. That you CAN overcome addiction and codependency if YOU choose to get help and really want it for yourself.

I’m very thankful fir the people that put up with my bullshit through this, I can’t thank you all enough. One of the biggest things for me coming back, was surrounding myself with people that wanted more For me than From me, and really digging in on the underlying problems of the things I couldn’t face or figure out in my life that I buried deep down in my soul that made me turn to these addictions to escape.

There is a big Stigma around Rehab and I am guilty of thinking of it as a “bad” or “dirty” place for “horrible” people to go to, but until I got there I realized how positive and great these facilities are. They truly help guide you in changing your direction to become the best you possible, they also aim to help your families understand how they can work on themselves to have better communication between each other and how to be assertive.

This is what I wanted to talk about today & share. Thank you for taking the time to listen. I hope this is received well and I want to start diving in more and more about these things over the course of my life sharing it with you all along the way.”

Talk about opening up and making yourself vulnerable… no doubt this must have been VERY difficult to do!

Congrats on 105 days sober, Cameron! You’re doing great! Keep at it, one day at a time!

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Family Mukbang: Nestle Toll House’s NEW Edible Cookie Dough! Eat And Review!! | Perez Hilton

Perez’s first cheat in nearly 5 months!!!! Tasting two flavors of Nestle Toll House‘s new edible cookie dough! AND sharing some with the kids and Momma Perez! We all share our reactions!

And this is NOT a sponsored video. They just sent us the product and every fibre of our being said HAVE IT!!!!! Watch!

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Here’s Why Pilot Peter Weber Will Most Likely Be The Next ‘Bachelor’!

Bachelor Nation, are you ready? ‘Cause the search for the next Bachelor may be over already!

We know there are still a few weeks left of Bachelor in Paradise. But according to E! News, commercial airline pilot and recent Bachelorette fan-favorite Peter Weber will most likely fill the coveted lead role when the ABC hit show returns in January 2020.

Related: ‘Bachelorette’ Hannah Brown Is Not Looking For A Relationship On ‘DWTS’

Ever since Hannah Brown‘s journey to find love ended back in July, fans have been eagerly speculating on which of the Alabama beauty’s former suitors would takeover as rose-handler for the show’s 24th season.

A few guys really had a shot at the gig here, including portfolio manager Mike Johnson and model Tyler Cameron — although that last ship may have sailed since the hunk has been boo’ed up with Gigi Hadid as of late.

And, most recently, BiP contestant Derek Peth was thrust into the conversation for Bachelor after he graciously handled being dumped for another woman by his on-screen love interest, Demi Burnett.

However, multiple sources confirmed to the outlet the 28-year-old is definitely the standout option at this point.

One insider explained why producers took their time narrowing down the options, with Peter at the forefront of their minds:

“Pete was always the first pick but producers wanted to see how Paradise went with Mike. They love him but aren’t sure if he is ready to carry a whole show.”

Another source adds things could still change, but also noted why that most likely won’t happen in this case:

“It could always change, but Pete’s been their pick since Hannah’s season ended and Tyler started dating Gigi Hadid.”

As we mentioned, Tyler has his hands full with Hadid — and they’ve certainly ramped up the timeline on their budding relationship over the last few weeks! The pair recently stepped out for a casual dinner date with Gigi’s gal pal Serena Williams in NYC and enjoyed a romantic getaway in upstate New York together, too. Cameron is also reportedly scoping out locations for his own apartment in the Big Apple so he can remain close to his new bae. Impressive!

With that being said, there’s no way the guy can go back to the reality TV dating show, right?

And, what about Johnson? The 31-year-old could’ve made franchise history as the first African-American lead to helm the show, ever. The star recently admitted to Entertainment Tonight he hasn’t had any serious conversations about the role since his season ended. We have to wonder if his flirty online activity with Demi Lovato had anything to do with the show executives’ final decision it all.

Hm…

So, what’s next for our rumored leading man?!

Eagle-eyed fans recently spotted a production crew in Peter’s Southern California neighborhood. It is important to note, however, that The Bachelor often does test shoots with contenders before finalizing and announcing their choice.

Still, insiders claim the whole thing is a done deal:

“He’s older, he has a career and he has a great backstory. He can definitely carry a show.”

Filming doesn’t officially begin until early September, which isn’t so far away! We’ll keep our eyes peeled for an official announcement in the coming weeks.

Thoughts, Perezcious readers? Are U surprised at all by this, or did you see this choice coming all along?

Sound OFF in the comments (below). We LOVE to hear from you!

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Miley Cyrus & Kaitlynn Carter Reportedly Started Hooking Up Post-Brody Split — But Pre-Liam Divorce

We’re continuing to learn more and more about Miley Cyrus and Kaitlynn Carter‘s extended hook-up — where it started, when it started, and how it’s continued to go on from here.

New insiders are reporting more about exactly when Liam Hemsworth‘s estranged wife and Brody Jenner‘s ex-girlfriend started hooking up over the summer, too — and by the sound of it, it sure appears like the pair’s respective #HotGirlSummer together may have had a direct impact on their relationships!

Related: Miley Addresses All The Rumors!

For one, an insider just told Us Weekly that the 36-year-old blogger and reality TV star had “been separated [from Brody] since before the 4th of July,” and even though news broke about their breakup officially on August 2, the insider claims that Cyrus and Carter had already been hooking up for about three weeks at that point — which would make the beginning of their relationship mid-July.

The insider continued (below):

“Brody and Kaitlynn separated on good terms and are still close friends. Brody is in a great headspace right now and really isn’t bothered by Kaitlynn and Miley’s relationship.”

Interesting! So it sound like the 36-year-old reality TV veteran is unbothered by the fact his ex has been hooking up with Miley… most likely because it apparently started after he was done with Kaitlynn, right?! If only Liam could see it the same way…

According to a separate source speaking to E! News about the same situation, it turns out that Liam “knew his marriage reached a point of no return when he saw Miley Cyrus kissing Kaitlynn Carter.”  WOW!

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Timing mattered — a lot — in Liam’s decision to go through with the divorce. / (c) WENN

The source there claims that early on after their August 10 public announcement of a breakup, Liam and Miley both had optimism about maybe working things out and eventually getting back together… only for the pictures to drop online showing Miley kissing Brody’s ex, and spreading like wildfire. When that happened, according tot he insider, Liam immediately realized “he can’t do this any more.”

Related: Miley Will Be The One To Keep The Couple’s Many Pets

The source added more, too (below):

“Even though Miley and Liam were separated for a while before she was photographed making out on the yacht with Kaitlynn, once Liam saw those photos he decided it was time to file for divorce. That was it for him, seeing those photos and then all the Soho House stories thereafter.”

Wow! Truly the final straw!!!

What do U think about these revelations, Perezcious readers?! Timing really matters… and it sounds like Miley’s hook-up timing seriously f**ked up Liam’s hope for a future between the longtime couple!! Reactions? Share ’em in the comments (below)…

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Scott Disick Earns Sofia Richie’s ‘Best BF Award’ After Gifting Her A Car For Her 21st Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Sofia Richie!

The newly-minted 21-year-old’s birthday got off to a fabulous start on Saturday thanks to a luxuriously sweet present from her boyfriend of two years, Scott Disick.

The Flip It Like Disick host skipped the cheesy, “you’re finally legal!” gift-giving route, went the extra mile and gifted his girl a brand new Aston Martin car!

Related: Kylie Jenner & Sofia Richie Are Getting SO Close Amid Jordyn Woods Fallout

The published model proudly showed off her new toy in a series of photos and videos on her Instagram Story, which you can ch-ch-check out (below):

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This is 21! / (c) Sofia Richie/Instagram Story

The birthday girl’s all-black and sleek new ride was decorated with a large red bow on top, much to her delight as evidenced by the “Holy s**t!!!! 21!” caption (above).

Kylie Jenner‘s new BFF continued showing off the features of her new whip, which features orange and wood detailing on the inside.

See (below):

Loving this interior and the fun birthday-themed nails! / (c) Sofia Richie/Instagram Story

Scott really must have outdone himself on this one, as Sofia proudly gave her man the “Best bf award” for his efforts on her milestone birthday (below):

Well done, Scott! / (c) Sofia Richie/Instagram Story

AWWW! Omg, indeed!

The fun didn’t stop there though, as Richie also shared another shot of a beautiful b-day breakfast spread surrounded by rose petals — seemingly set up by the TV personality. See (below):

The attention to detail, the flowers… so sweet! / (c) Sofia Richie/Instagram Story

Seriously, nice work here from Kourtney Kardashian‘s ex! It’s clear that Lord Disick knows how to treat his special Lady and she surely appreciates it, too.

We’re assuming they’ll be more surprise gifts as the day goes on, including one from the Kylie Cosmetics owner who’s become one of Sof’s trusted gal pals in recent weeks. The two reportedly became SO much closer after the makeup mogul’s falling out with Jordyn Woods — who was accused of (but has denied) hooking up with Khloé Kardashian‘s baby daddy Tristan Thompson.

One thing we do know for sure is the ladies’ must already have a girls’ trip in the works!

Ky shared this video of herself and friends waiting for the birthday girl’s arrival on a private jet, (below):

Kylie shouts to Sofia, “we’re waiting for you!” on her private jet. / (c) Kylie Jenner/Instagram Story

We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more fun scenes from this getaway!

Related: Scott & Sofia ‘Have Talked Seriously’ About Getting Engaged

But, seriously. The starlet is truly living her best lives these days as her relationship with Scott continues to grow stronger.

A source close to the couple told Hollywood Life Sofia is truly happy and hopeful for what this coming year will bring. They dished:

“Sofia couldn’t be more thrilled about turning 21 and is really looking forward to this next chapter in her life. Sofia is feeling very proud of how much she’s already accomplished in her life, but she wants to keep pushing herself and continue growing her brand.”

The insider added:

“She is taking this opportunity to celebrate because she’s happier now than ever in a great relationship, she has amazing friends, and she loves her career. That’s one of the reasons Sofia loves Scott so much is because he gives her all the freedom in the world to follow her dreams and he never holds her back. She really couldn’t ask for more.”

Cheers to your health and continued happiness, girl!

[Image via Sofia Richie/Instagram]

Taylor Swift Vs. Donald Trump — All The Highlights From Her Explosive ‘Guardian’ Interview HERE!

As we reported on Friday nightTaylor Swift was set to speak candidly about Donald Trump, politics, and much more in a very wide-ranging upcoming interview with The Guardian.

Well, we got the full look at the interview on Saturday morning, and all we can say is ‘wow.’ Swift, notoriously infamous for having previously avoided political controversies earlier in her career, is seriously starting to open up about it more and more. And she’s talking about Lover, too!!!!

Related: Taylor Swift’s Dad… Exposed!!!

The You Need To Calm Down singer covers a LOT of ground in the far-ranging, wide-reaching long-form interview; you can catch all the highlights (below)!!!

On not coming forward during the 2016 presidential election:

“The news that she was in a relationship with actor Tom Hiddleston, which leaked soon after, was widely dismissed as a diversionary tactic. Meanwhile, Swift went to court to prosecute a sexual assault claim, and faced a furious backlash when she failed to endorse a candidate in the 2016 presidential election, allowing the alt-right to adopt her as their ‘Aryan princess.’

Her critics assumed she cared only about the bottom line. The reality, Swift says, is that she was totally broken. ‘Every domino fell,’ she says bitterly. ‘It became really terrifying for anyone to even know where I was. And I felt completely incapable of doing or saying anything publicly, at all. Even about my music. I always said I wouldn’t talk about what was happening personally, because that was a personal time.’ She won’t get into specifics. ‘I just need some things that are mine,’ she despairs. ‘Just some things.’”

On Joe Alwyn, and not discussing her personal relationships:

“While she has always written about relationships, they were either teenage fantasy or a postmortem on a high-profile breakup, with exes such as Jake Gyllenhaal and Harry Styles. But she and Alwyn have seldom been pictured together, and their relationship is the only other thing she won’t talk about. ‘I’ve learned that if I do, people think it’s up for discussion, and our relationship isn’t up for discussion,’ she says, laughing after I attempt a stealthy angle. ‘If you and I were having a glass of wine right now, we’d be talking about it – but it’s just that it goes out into the world. That’s where the boundary is, and that’s where my life has become manageable. I really want to keep it feeling manageable.’”

On burning bridges in the past, including Katy PerryNicki Minaj, and more high-profile controversies:

“She describes the way she burned bridges in 2016 as a kind of obliviousness. ‘I didn’t realise it was like a classic overthrow of someone in power – where you didn’t realise the whispers behind your back, you didn’t realise the chain reaction of events that was going to make everything fall apart at the exact, perfect time for it to fall apart.’

Here’s that chain reaction in full. With her 2014 album 1989 (the year she was born), Swift transcended country stardom, becoming as ubiquitous as Beyoncé. For the first time she vocally embraced feminism, something she had rejected in her teens; but, after a while, it seemed to amount to not much more than a lot of pictures of her hanging out with her ‘squad,’ a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham. The squad very much did not include her former friend Katy Perry, whom Swift targeted in her song Bad Blood, as part of what seemed like a painfully overblown dispute about some backing dancers. Then, when Nicki Minaj tweeted that MTV’s 2015 Video Music awards had rewarded white women at the expense of women of colour, multiple-nominee Swift took it personally, responding: ‘Maybe one of the men took your slot.’ For someone prone to talking about the haters, she quickly became her own worst enemy.”

On learning about her white privilege:

“After the incident with Minaj, her critics started pointing out a narrative of ‘white victimhood’ in Swift’s career. Speaking slowly and carefully, she says she came to understand ‘a lot about how my privilege allowed me to not have to learn about white privilege. I didn’t know about it as a kid, and that is privilege itself, you know? And that’s something that I’m still trying to educate myself on every day. How can I see where people are coming from, and understand the pain that comes with the history of our world?’”

On her high-profile sexual assault trial, in which she won one (symbolic) dollar:

“In summer 2016 she was in legal depositions, practising her testimony. ‘You’re supposed to be really polite to everyone,’ she says. But by the time she got to court in August 2017, ‘something snapped, I think.’ She laughs. Her testimony was sharp and uncompromising. She refused to allow Mueller’s lawyers to blame her or her security guards; when asked if she could see the incident, Swift said no, because ‘my ass is in the back of my body.’ It was a brilliant, rude defence.

‘You’re supposed to behave yourself in court and say ‘rear end’,’ she says with mock politesse. ‘The other lawyer was saying, ‘When did he touch your backside?’ And I was like, ‘ASS! Call it what it is!’’ She claps between each word. But despite the acclaim for her testimony and eventual victory (she asked for one symbolic dollar), she still felt belittled. It was two months prior to the beginning of the #MeToo movement. ‘Even this case was literally twisted so hard that people were calling it the ‘butt-grab case’. They were saying I sued him because there’s this narrative that I want to sue everyone. That was one of the reasons why the summer was the apocalypse.’

She never wanted the assault to be made public. Have there been other instances she has dealt with privately? ‘Actually, no,’ she says soberly. ‘I’m really lucky that it hadn’t happened to me before. But that was one of the reasons it was so traumatising. I just didn’t know that could happen. It was really brazen, in front of seven people.’ She has since had security cameras installed at every meet-and-greet she does, deliberately pointed at her lower half. ‘If something happens again, we can prove it with video footage from every angle,’ she says.”

And finally, more on her arrival onto the political scene:

“It was the assault trial, and watching the rights of LGBTQ friends be eroded, that finally politicised her, Swift says. ‘The things that happen to you in your life are what develop your political opinions. I was living in this Obama eight-year paradise of, you go, you cast your vote, the person you vote for wins, everyone’s happy!’ she says. ‘This whole thing, the last three, four years, it completely blindsided a lot of us, me included.’

She recently said she was ‘dismayed’ when a friend pointed out that her position on gay rights wasn’t obvious (what if she had a gay son, he asked), hence this summer’s course correction with the single You Need To Calm Down (“You’re comin’ at my friends like a missile/Why are you mad?/When you could be GLAAD?”). Didn’t she feel equally dismayed that her politics weren’t clear? ‘I did,’ she insists, ‘and I hate to admit this, but I felt that I wasn’t educated enough on it. Because I hadn’t actively tried to learn about politics in a way that I felt was necessary for me, making statements that go out to hundreds of millions of people.’

She explains her inner conflict. ‘I come from country music. The number one thing they absolutely drill into you as a country artist, and you can ask any other country artist this, is ‘Don’t be like the Dixie Chicks!’’ In 2003, the Texan country trio denounced the Iraq war, saying they were “ashamed” to share a home state with George W Bush. There was a boycott, and an event where a bulldozer crushed their CDs. ‘I watched country music snuff that candle out. The most amazing group we had, just because they talked about politics. And they were getting death threats. They were made such an example that basically every country artist that came after that, every label tells you, ‘Just do not get involved, no matter what.’”

WOW!!!

What do y’all think about all this, Perezcious readers?! Sound OFF about it and everything else Taylor-related in the comments (below)…

P.S. If you want to read the entire interview in The Guardian, click HERE.

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R. Kelly Is Reportedly ‘Desperate’ To Hire Michael Jackson’s Legendary Attorney

Things are apparently getting super stressful in R. Kelly‘s world.

The R&B singer is reportedly “desperate” to retain Tom Mesereau — the legendary attorney who successfully defended Michael Jackson in the King of Pop’s infamous child molestation trial way back in 2005. The only problem is, uhhh, well, where the hell is Kelly gonna come up with the money necessary to hire this guy??

Related: R. Kelly Facing MORE Sex Crimes Charges Over Alleged 2001 Incident…

Sources with knowledge of what’s going on here spoke to TMZ about the whole situation, and it turns out the embattled R&B crooner has hit on his “industry contacts” to reach out to Mesereau about potentially coming on board. As you’ll recall, Kelly is facing a slew of both federal and state charges on alleged sex crimes relating to minors, among other things — and more charges just keep coming as time goes on.

Apparently, those very same industry contacts have agreed to “anonymously help foot the bill,” so as to effectively bring MJ’s highly-esteemed lawyer over to Kelly’s side. The R&B singer’s fans (?!) have even offered to send in money to help pay for the high-priced legal addition. Wow…

R. Kelly arrested federal sex crime charges
Life continues to be difficult amid extremely serious, potentially damaging accusations against the R&B singer… / (c) WENN

Mesereau has a hell of a reputation among celebrity defense attorneys, for what it’s worth; not only did he get the King of Pop off the hook in that extremely high-profile 2005 trial, but he also got Robert Blake acquitted from charges he murdered his wife in that same year.

Now, there’s a big catch with all this: the money to pay Mesereau’s big-time rates allegedly won’t come to Kelly unless and until he fires his current attorneySteven Greenberg. Maybe take it with a grain of salt, but Greenberg himself has called the entire situation “a complete load of crap.” Hmmm…

Related: R&B Singer Pleads Not Guilty To Sex Trafficking Charges

Still, the I Believe I Can Fly singer is being charged with various sex crimes in THREE jurisdictions: Illinois (state), Illinois (federal), and now Minnesota (state), with other potential charges possibly on the way in both Detroit and Atlanta. Knowing all that, one of his constitutional rights is to be allowed to fully and aggressively defend himself against those charges. If that means hiring an incredibly high-priced and well-thought-of attorney, well, hey… so be it.

What do y’all think about Kelly’s ongoing legal controversies, Perezcious readers?! Would a new lawyer on the team make the crooner more likely to be acquitted from any potential trials in the future, as were both MJ and Blake???? Or is it all too little, too late for a desperate man obsessed with saving himself at all costs?!

Sound OFF about all of this in the comments (below)…

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