Singer Marianne Faithfull blames the promiscuous attitudes of youngsters during the Swinging Sixties for the child sex abuse scandal engulfing a tide of veteran stars in the U.K. The As Tears Go By hitmaker became an icon of culture-shifting 1960s Britain due to her relationship with Sir Mick Jagger, but she now admits the easy-going attitudes of the era might have had sinister consequences.
Several well known public figures from the time - including singer/artist Rolf Harris and PR guru Max Clifford - have been jailed this year (14) for sex assaults on girls and young women dating back to the '60s, with a number of other household names still under investigation.
The scandal snowballed after veteran DJ and TV presenter Sir Jimmy Savile was unmasked as a serial paedophile following his death in 2011, amid allegations he abused hundreds of children and even had sex with dead bodies in a hospital morgue.
Now Faithfull has revealed she fears the carefree attitudes of '60s Britain are to blame for the outrage.
She tells The Sunday Times Magazine, "I was talking to (a friend) about Jimmy Savile. I said, 'Do you think it's our fault in some way? Was it the Sixties?' You know what I think? I think that these older guys like Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris and the PR man (Clifford), they were really suffering from enormous envy of us: our beauty, our freedom, our lack of shame. Of course we weren't f**king children, or people in morgues. But I think all those people saw us and thought, 'Goddammit' and somehow went mad.
"I didn't know Jimmy Savile at all but I just knew enough to know that I didn't want to be anywhere near him."
Sir Mick Jagger met the brunette he was recently photographed with on a hotel balcony in Switzerland three weeks before the death of his girlfriend L'Wren Scott. The British rocker hit headlines earlier this month (Jun14) when he was snapped with the young woman on a hotel balcony in Zurich while the band was in town for a concert on 1 June (14).
One image showed the female companion lean forward and kiss a seated Jagger on the head, sparking rumours of a new romance.
The mystery female has since been identified as 27-year-old American ballet dancer Melanie Hamrick, who actually first met Jagger three weeks before fashion designer Scott took her own life in March (14).
A spokesperson for Jagger has confirmed to Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper that he and Hamrick were introduced when members of her dance company were given backstage access at the Stones' show in Tokyo, Japan on 24 February (14).
However, sources tell the publication nothing happened between them until they reconnected this month (Jun14).
Reports of Jagger's new fling less than three months after Scott's death angered the designer's sister Jan Shane, who blasted the 70-year-old singer's behaviour.
Shane told Britain's Sunday Mirror newspaper, "These pictures make me wonder what Mick is really thinking and feeling. His daughter says that he is still heartbroken and devastated about losing my sister, and then you see these photos - he will never change."
Sir Mick Jagger's daughter Jade has raised $580,000 (£362,500) by auctioning off a painting given to her as a child by Andy Warhol. The legendary artist gifted the piece to Jade in 1981, when she was only 10 years old. Warhol used to babysit for her at his New York City studio when she was young and handed her the painting following her parent's divorce.
Jade, now 42, decided to part ways with the canvas, which features a dedication to her and the date '81, and it was estimated to fetch up to $400,000 (£250,000) when it went up for auction at Sotheby's auction house in London on Thursday (13Feb14).
The painting - a red, pink and gold dollar sign made in acrylic and silk-screen ink - exceeded expectations by reaching $580,000 (£362,500).
One Direction star Niall Horan is worried he will be forced to quit performing while still a young man because of his troublesome knees. The Best Song Ever hitmaker was asked whether he could emulate 70-year-old Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger by performing in front of huge crowds in his twilight years, but Horan insists he will not be healthy enough.
He says, "Jagger does it but I don't think at the moment I'd be able to. I've got dodgy knees."
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Models and musicians – the pairing is as perfect as pancakes and syrup. Just last week, U2 bassist Adam Clayton married his model girlfriend Mariana Teixeira de Carvalho in Dublin, entering a long, distinguished line of rockers who have said “hell yeah” to fashionistas and models around the globe.
Here’s a rundown of some of the best model/rocker pairings over the years.
Kate Moss and Pete Doherty Kate Moss may be happily married to The Kills’ Jamie Hince, but before there was Jamie, there was her busted relationship with Pete Doherty. Moss was hardly a vision of innocence herself, but hooking up with a notorious, self-admitted junkie made for pure tabloid gold. Drugs and scandal followed, with Doherty claiming everything from “loving her bones” to saying that Moss was a “nasty old rag” who once kicked him in the head. In his mind, the pair broke up because, according to Doherty, “I can’t buy her diamonds.”
Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley The Piano Man definitely loves his statuesque blondes, and supermodel Christie Brinkley is no different. Brinkley starred in Joel’s video for “Uptown Girl,” which, contrary to popular belief, wasn’t actually written about Brinkley, but another one of Joel’s model exes – Elle McPherson. The pair married in 1985, but their marriage was strained due to Joel’s philandering and love for booze, and they finally divorced at the end of 1993.
Jack White and Karen Elson This couple was smoking hot and seemed like they were made for each other. White and Elson met when the former starred in the White Stripes video for “Blue Orchid,” and the pair married in 2005. Although they divorced 6 years later, they were awesome enough to hold a divorce party in 2011, so everyone thought that all was well between the two. However, lately Elson has accused White of basically being a douchebag (who really has it out for the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, for some reason), and White has countersued her in what’s become a messy ending for the once-reigning Couple of Cool.
Caleb Followill and Lily Aldridge Son of a preacher turned rock star who has fire-sex meets California girl at overexposed music festival, and they live happily ever after – that’s essentially the story of Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill and Victoria’s Secret Angel Lily Aldridge. The two met at Coachella in 2011 and married later that year. Their daughter, Dixie Pearl Followill, was born in June last year.
Simon Le Bon and Yasmin Parveneh Not all model/rocker pairings end badly. Simon Le Bon has been married to Yasmin Parveneh since 1985. At the time of their marriage, their relationship was all over the gossip headlines – Le Bon was the lead singer of Duran Duran, one of the biggest bands of the 1980s, and Parveneh herself was one of the highest-earning models of the decade.
Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo Previously trying his darndest to be the Leonardo DiCaprio of the pop world, Adam Levine has had a long list of models by his side. His latest model girlfriend, Behati Prinsloo, is set to be his future wife, putting to rest his image of the perpetual pop bachelor. Though the pair had briefly broken up and Levine wasted no time in hooking up with model Nina Agdal, the two got back together and decided to get engaged.
Agyness Deyn and Albert Hammond, Jr. When Agyness Deyn and Albert Hammond, Jr. hooked up in 2008, it seemed like a match made in hipster heaven. Usually seen in paparazzi photos holding hands and walking dogs, the relationship was rumored to be much rockier than it initially seemed, and the couple finally broke up a year later. Deyn has definitely dated her share of rock stars, including The Paddingtons’ Josh Hubbard, Phantom Planet’s Alex Greenwald, and Last Shadow Puppets frontman and solo artist Miles Kane. The world is waiting for a supergroup of all the model’s exes, hopefully called Deyn’s Discards.
Rod Stewart and Rachel Hunter Like Billy Joel, Rod Stewart likes his women tall and blonde (and nearly identical-looking). In 1990, Stewart married model Rachel Hunter, the woman responsible for millions of young men saving up their dollars for Sports Illustrated issues in the 90s. The two separated in 1999 and officially divorced in 2006, and Hunter went on to have it going on as “Stacy’s Mom,” while Stewart – what else? – married another model.
Iman and David Bowie Arguably one of the coolest couples ever, Iman and David Bowie have been married since 1992. The union of Ziggy Stardust and the most gorgeous advocate for social aid had the entertainment world in a frenzy. Forget haters, barely anyone thought that this marriage would last, but twenty-one years later, the couple is still going strong.
Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour From the documentation of his behavior in the media, it’s safe to say that anyone who dates Axl Rose is probably making up for some bad karma in a past life. Allegations of physical abuse, theft, and violence Rose’s relationship with Seymour, but for some reason, the couple still decided to get engaged. The engagement was short-lived, due to Rose accusing Seymour of being unfaithful (because why would anyone cheat on a prize like Axl Rose?) and the couple finally broke up.
Keith Richards and Patti Hansen Who would’ve ever thought that Keith Richards would be the guy to be married to his wife for thirty years? Richards married model Patti Hansen in 1983 and have been together since then. A couple that makes it through drugs, rock and roll, Mick Jagger, and everything in between, is definitely a couple that stays together.
Paulina Porizkova and Ric Ocasek When these two hooked up, most people were scratching their heads, thinking “….what?” The gorgeous, then-19 year old Paulina Porizkova was featured in the Cars’ video for “Drive,” and although lead singer Ric Ocasek was still married at the time (and 35 years old), the two started dating and have been together ever since. Porizkova has also gone on to say that Ocasek is better-looking than George Clooney.
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills And the award for the most notorious rocker/model pairing goes to Paul McCartney and Heather Mills. Mills is a former model, famous for 2 things: having a prosthetic limb as part of her leg and for trying to suck Sir Macca drier than anyone else ever could. The pair married in 2002 and divorced 6 years later, with the divorce becoming a highly-publicized affair for the settlement amount that the celebrities were fighting for. Mills wanted £125 million – McCartney offered £15.8 million. Because is £15.8 million is obviously pennies, Mills kept fighting for more, eventually ending up with a total of £24.3 million, plus £35,000 per year to take care of their daughter. The best part of this is that Mills fancies herself to be a charity campaigner.
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British director Kevin Macdonald is bringing Elvis Presley back from the dead for a new biopic produced by Sir Mick Jagger. The Last King of Scotland filmmaker has signed up to take charge of Last Train to Memphis, based on Peter Guralnick's 1995 biography of the same name, which documents the King's early years.
Jagger, who is also working on a new James Brown movie with The Help director Tate Taylor, will co-produce with Victoria Pearman through their Jagged Films company, while Crossroads screenwriter John Fusco has been hired to adapt the script, according to industry publication Variety.
Bosses at Fox 2000, the studio behind the new movie, have issued an open casting call for actors between the ages of 18 and 22 to portray a young Elvis, who was most recently played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers in 2005 TV movie Elvis.
Carly Simon has let Taylor Swift in on the biggest secret of her career after divulging the inspiration for her hit track You're So Vain. The young pop star brought the music veteran out on stage with her at a gig in Massachusetts on Saturday night (27Jul13) for a duet of Simon's famous song, which is long rumoured to have been written about one of the singer's famous former lovers.
Possible subjects have included James Taylor, Sir Mick Jagger and music mogul David Geffen, and Simon has never divulged the answer publicly, but she has now told Swift the secret.
Speaking in a joint interview with Simon backstage on her RED tour, Swift says, "I was thinking she might tell you (the secret), but I do know now."
She adds of the song, "When I heard You're So Vain, I thought, 'That is the best song that has ever been written.' That is the most direct way anyone has ever addressed a break-up. It's amazing."
Twift has become famous for writing songs about her past relationships without divulging the famous names who inspired her hits.
Mick Jagger's daughter Georgia May has been targeted by online bullies over her looks. The 21 year old is carving out a successful career as a top model, following in the footsteps of her mother Jerry Hall, but despite fronting promotional campaigns for major brands, she is regularly targeted with vile abuse on Twitter.com.
She tells the London Evening Standard, "I think that it's really f**ked up, personally, but you've just got to ignore it. People have got to be pretty bored and unhappy to be going around on other people's pages. And that goes for everyone, not just famous people.
"You've just got to keep your head up and think, 'You know, what? I'm not going to bother with that. I'm not going to lower myself to the level of arguing with that'.
"They'll say things like, 'Buck-toothed whore' or whatever. They will say, 'Get braces', but it's not as if I haven't heard that one before. I'd be miserable if I had braces right now - what would I do? I'd have to cancel all my modelling jobs! It would be terrible.
"There are lots of other nice young girls defending me, but I personally think it's a kind of bullying. I put myself in the public eye, but I don't let it affect me."
One Direction star Harry Styles has spoken out to silence rumours suggesting he threw up on stage this week (beg08Jul13) because he was drunk. The teenage pop star ran off during the group's show in Pennsylvania on Monday (08Jul13) and was seen vomiting at the side of the stage. He later regained his composure and rejoined his bandmates to complete the rest of the concert.
Online gossip suggested Styles fell sick after drinking too much alcohol, but the singer insists his problem was not booze-related.
He called into Britain's Radio 1 station from the band's tour bus on Friday (12Jul13) and explained what happened to his friend, host Nick Grimshaw, saying, "I think everyone thinks it's because I was drinking but it was actually because I ate, I had dinner too close (to stage time) and I was just so full."
Pop star Ke$ha was also in the studio during the phone call from Styles, and she took the opportunity to divulge a secret crush on the singer, rating him a "10" for appearance and insisting he looks like "a young Mick Jagger".
On Thursday, Sopranos creator David Chase was called to say goodbye to his muse and friend James Gandolfini, by delivering a eulogy for the man who headlined his immersive dramatic television series for six seasons. Gandolfini died suddenly last week at age 51, leaving brilliant writer Chase to, as he admits, struggle over the construction of an appropriate summation of his feelings about the man who immortalized Tony Soprano.
Humble forewords aside, Chase managed to craft a speech that, delicately and powerfully, illustrated the kind of man Gandolfini was in his eyes and the sort of relationship the two shared. Covering the full range of the rapport between the Jersey-born men, Chase's stories ranged from funny to sad to monumentally touching.
Chase introduces his eulogy with the darkly comic, a memory about Gandolfini raining blows upon a Sopranos set refrigerator:
one day toward the end of the show — maybe season 4 or season 5 — we were on the set shooting a scene with Stevie Van Zandt, and I think the set-up was that Tony had received news of the death of someone, and it was inconvenient for him. And it said, "Tony opens the refrigerator door, closes it and he starts to speak." And the cameras rolled, and you opened the refrigerator door, and you slammed it really hard — you slammed it hard enough that it came open again. And so then you slammed it again, then it came open again. You kept slamming it and slamming it and slamming it and slamming it and went apeshit on that refrigerator. And the funny part for me is I remember Steven Van Zandt — because the cameras are going, we have to play this whole scene with a refrigerator door opening — I remember Steven Van Zandt standing there with his lip out, trying to figure out, "Well, what should I do? First, as Silvio, because he just ruined my refrigerator. And also as Steven the actor, because we're now going to play a scene with the refrigerator door open; people don't do that." And I remember him going over there and trying to tinker with the door and fix it, and it didn't work. And so we finally had to call cut, and we had to fix the refrigerator door, and it never really worked, because the gaffer tape showed on the refrigerator, and it was a problem all day long. And I remember you saying, "Ah, this role, this role, the places it takes me to, the things I have to do, it's so dark." And I remember telling you, "Did I tell you to destroy the refrigerator? Did it say anywhere in the script, 'Tony destroys a refrigerator'? It says 'Tony angrily shuts the refrigerator door.' That's what it says. You destroyed the fridge."
Later, following a somber memory about Gandolfini's crisis of faith, Chase delves into his understanding of the inner workings of the tirelessly complex man:
The paradox about you as a man is that I always felt personally, that with you, I was seeing a young boy. A boy about Michael's age right now. 'Cause you were very boyish. And about the age when humankind, and life on the planet are really opening up and putting on a show, really revealing themselves in all their beautiful and horrible glory. And I saw you as a boy — as a sad boy, amazed and confused and loving and amazed by all that. And that was all in your eyes. And that was why, I think, you were a great actor: because of that boy who was inside. He was a child reacting. Of course you were intelligent, but it was a child reacting, and your reactions were often childish. And by that, I mean they were pre-school, they were pre-manners, they were pre-intellect. They were just simple emotions, straight and pure. And I think your talent is that you can take in the immensity of humankind and the universe, and shine it out to the rest of us like a huge bright light. And I believe that only a pure soul, like a child, can do that really well. And that was you.
Finally, Chase concludes his speech with a sweet, heartrending proposal for how he'd conclude "this episode," saying goodbye to James (and Tony) in the way that comes most naturally to him. And it really hits home:
You know, everybody knows that we always ended an episode with a song. That was kind of like me and the writers letting the real geniuses do the heavy lifting: Bruce, and Mick and Keith, and Howling Wolf and a bunch of them. So if this was an episode, it would end with a song. And the song, as far as I'm concerned, would be Joan Osborne's "(What If God Was) One Of Us?" And the set-up for this — we never did this, and you never even heard this — is that Tony was somehow lost in the Meadowlands. He didn't have his car, and his wallet, and his car keys. I forget how he got there — there was some kind of a scrape — but he had nothing in his pocket but some change. He didn't have his guys with him, he didn't have his gun. And so mob boss Tony Soprano had to be one of the working stiffs, getting in line for the bus. And the way we were going to film it, he was going to get on the bus, and the lyric that would've one over that would've been — and we don't have Joan Osborne to sing it:
If God had a faceWhat would it look like?And would you want to seeIf seeing meant you had to believe?And yeah, yeah, God is great.Yeah, yeah, God is good.Yeah, yeah, yeah.
So Tony would get on the bus, and he would sit there, and the bus would pull out in this big billow of diesel smoke. And then the key lyric would come on, and it was
What if God was one of us?Just a slob like one of us?Just a stranger on the busTrying to make his way home.
And that would've been playing over your face, Jimmy. But then — and this is where it gets kind of strange — now I would have to update, because of the events of the last week. And I would let the song play further, and the lyrics would be
Just trying to make his way homeLike a holy rollin' stoneBack up to Heaven all aloneNobody callin' on the phone'Cept for the Pope, maybe, in Rome.
We thank Alan Sepinwall at HitFix for transcribing the eulogy. You can read Chase's full speech here.
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