Kelly Clarkson has brushed off harsh comments from a British columnist who called the pop star a "chunky monkey" after a recent appearance on U.K. TV.
The Since U Been Gone hitmaker paid a visit to The Graham Norton Show on Friday (27Feb15), and after seeing the singer on screen, controversial writer Katie Hopkins took to Twitter.com to criticize Clarkson's fuller figure.
Hopkins wrote, "Jesus, what happened to Kelly Clarkson? Did she eat all of her backing singers? Happily I have wide-screen."
When her followers pointed out that Clarkson gave birth to a daughter eight months ago, the British columnist added, "Look chubsters, Kelly Clarkson had a baby a year ago. That is no longer baby weight. That is carrot cake weight. Get over yourselves... She is now a chunky monkey... You're supporting Kelly Clarkson because everybody likes to have a fat friend, because the great thing about a fat friend is that it makes you feel slimmer. Every fat child has a fat parent and, that to me is why Kelly Clarkson is an important example, and she needs to allow her daughter to grow up knowing it's not great to be fat, it's much better to be healthier."
Clarkson was asked about Hopkins' comments in an interview with Britain's Heat magazine, and the singer insisted she does not let nasty remarks upset her, saying, "She doesn't know me. I'm awesome! It doesn't bother me. It's a free world. Say what you will. I've just never cared what people think. It's more if I'm happy and I'm confident and feeling good, that's always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family - I don't seek out any other acceptance."
This isn't the first time Hopkins has taken aim at an overweight celebrity - she previously singled out fellow Brit Lily Allen, calling her "hideous" after piling on pounds and suggesting she is only famous because of her father, British actor and comedian Keith Allen.
The Maze Runner star Dylan O'brien has dismissed online reports suggesting he's in talks to become the new Spider-Man in an upcoming Marvel blockbuster.
Bloggers suggested the 23 year old had all but closed a deal for the role of the web-slinging superhero earlier this week (beg02Mar15), but now O'Brien himself has released a statement insisting he's not currently in the running to take on the role of Peter Parker's alter-ego.
He says, "It's nothing but flattering. It's never something I would want to get myself excited about, since I know I haven't heard about it from a professional standpoint. I've always wanted to play Peter Parker, obviously. I feel like any actor my age... and my name being tossed with Logan Lerman's is the coolest thing ever, too. I just think that kid is f**king fantastic."
He adds, "Professionally, I haven't heard anything about it. I've only heard from, like, (rumours) online. It makes me feel bad because I'm, like, disappointing a big chunk of fans across the nation."
Spider-Man is currently being played on the big screen by Brit Andrew Garfield, who reportedly won't be involved with a planned The Avengers cross-over episode.
It's common in Hollywood for actors to fall in love after playing a couple in a movie, just look at Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. But what about the actors who quietly work with their significant others? We think it's more interesting to play "Spot The Spouse" when watching a movie or TV show.
Anna Faris and Chris Pratt - What's Your Number? and Take Me Home Tonight
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Everyone now knows that Anna & Chris are married, given Chris' extremely successful 2014 with The Lego Movie and as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy. But back when Anna was in her prime rom-com streak, she starred in What's Your Number? with Chris Evans as her leading man, and her husband of 2 years (at the time) as one of her "disgusting" ex-boyfriends. The couple met in 2007 on the set of the move Take Me Home Tonight, which didn't have a theatrical release until 2011.
Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman - Parks and Recreation and Will & Grace
Bet you didn't realize that Tammy 2 is actually married to Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) in real life. The couple has been married since 2003, having met in 2000 while working on a play together in L.A. Over the course of the 7 seasons of Parks & Rec, Megan has played Swanson's crazy ex-wife Tammy. During the fourth season of Will & Grace, Offerman had a guest spot on his wife's popular show.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka - How I Met Your Mother
NPH starred on this show for 9 years and his husband (boyfriend at the time of his first appearance), David Burtka, appeared on the show as the crazy obsessed ex-boyfriend of Lily (Alyson Hannigan) that was not ready to let her go.
Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam - How I Met Your Mother
Taran made his first appearance on Cobie's hit show in 2006, when they were still dating. He appeared on the show several times, before and after their 2009 wedding, as one of Barney's co-workers. He made a final appearance in 2014 during the episode "The End of the Aisle."
Charlie Day and Mary Elizabeth Ellis - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Reno 911!
Charlie is married to the waitress! Charlie and Mary Elizabeth Ellis met in 2001, but began dating in 2004 and married by 2006. They first appeared as an incestuous twins on Reno 911! before It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia began in 2006, on which Charlie is a main character on and Mary has played "the waitress" throughout the series.
Steve and Nancy Carell - The Office, The Daily Show, and The 40 Year Old Virgin
This couple met back in the early 90s when Steve Carrell performed with the troupe The Second City and Nancy was one of his students. They first worked together as correspondents on The Daily Show, before Steve was a leading man. Nancy played a health clinic counselor in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Later on The Office, she first played Steve's character's girlfriend, Carol Stills, on the show (but that relationship didn't work out), who was also a realtor.
Adam and Jackie Sandler - Most Adam Sandler movies
After meeting through Rob Schneider after working on Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigalo, Adam Sandler gave Jackie a role in his film Big Daddy and she's appeared in many of his films since, such as: 50 First Dates, Eight Crazy Nights, Grown Ups, and more. The couple got married in 2003 and have two children together.
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor - Zoolander and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
You've probably noticed a pattern of Christine Taylor popping up in many Ben Stiller films, such as the two above, as well as Tropic Thunder. Usually, she plays the girl that Ben Stiller's character wants to get with (and doesn't, except for Zoolander), but you probably didn't realize they have been married since 2000.
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Welsh actor Michael Sheen has won praise from politicians and campaigners for his rousing speech in defence of Britain's National Health Service (NHS) over the weekend (28Feb15-01Mar15). The Frost/Nixon star hit headlines on Sunday (01Mar15) when he joined a rally in Tredegar, Wales and made an impassioned plea to politicians in the U.K. to do more to protect the institution, which provides free healthcare for all citizens.
Sheen told the crowd, "No one says they want to get rid of the NHS, everyone praises it... But for decades now there has been a systematic undermining of its core values. This is beyond party politics... You must stand up for what you believe, but first of all, by God, believe in something."
British Member of Parliament (MP) Diane Abbott is among those who have since praised Sheen for tackling such a sensitive issue, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "Brilliant speech by @michaelsheen in defence of our #NHS," while Welsh politician Phil Bale of Cardiff City Council adds, "Storming speech from @michaelsheen at the People's March for the NHS in Tredegar!"
Campaigner Paul Evans, of the NHS Support Federation, tells the Press Association, "Michael Sheen helps to highlight one essential truth that the NHS won't survive if we continue to put the market at its heart... It's good to see somebody express an honest view on the NHS."
Sheen's girlfriend, U.S. comic Sarah Silverman, also lavished praise on the actor, writing on Twitter, "Politicians take note... Beyond brilliant."
The actor writes on his own page, "The messages I've had... prove the last thing that's a problem with people of this country is apathy. Passion and compassion everywhere... It's been stunning to experience such strength of feeling and heartbreaking to hear how much people feel let down by what is being offered."
Many things change after you graduate college, and this includes your taste in television. It's only natural that you would no longer be entertained by stuff you were able to relate to in school. The transformation may not happen over night, slowly but surely it happens as you move into adulthood. Have you made the change yet? Here are 7 shows you watched in college versus after you graduated.
1. In college, you watch reality shows based on drunk 20 somethings not really doing anything.
After graduation, you watch reality shows based on drunks moms not really doing anything.
2. In college, you watch movies set on college campuses because you can relate.
After graduation, you're looking for "adults" that don't quite have it together like Broad City and Girls.
3. In college, the only type of self-improvement shows you watch have to do with fashion or cars.
After graduation, you start to watch more self-improvement shows about real-estate.
4. In college, you watch more dramas where the plot involves the supernatural.
After graduation, you watch more dramas where the plot involves science.
5. In college, as you or your friends start getting engaged you start watching wedding reality shows.
After graduation, as you or your friends start having babies you start watching baby reality shows.
6. In college, your comedies mostly focused on family or school.
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After graduation, your comedies now focuses on how much working in an office stinks.
7. In college, you're watching TV and probably taking some cues on how to fall in love...or at least get laid.
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After graduation, you're watching TV to take some cues on how to properly cook a good meal for your loved one.
How has your taste in TV changed? Tweet us your answers to the Twitter handles below!
The father of late actor Johnny Lewis is suing his son's estate to retrieve money he allegedly loaned the star before he died. The former Sons of Anarchy actor plunged to his death in September, 2012, following a fight with his elderly landlady, Catherine Davis, who police believe he killed at her home in Los Angeles.
His father, Michael Lewis, reportedly loaned the star $60,000 (£38,000) two weeks before he died to cover legal costs, insurance, moving expenses and Screen Actors Guild fees.
In legal documents obtained by TMZ.com, Michael claims to have only been re-compensated $23,000 (£14,000) of the loan and is now suing Johnny's estate in a bid to get the rest of the cash.
Actress Riley Keough has opened up about her low-key wedding to stuntman Ben Smith-Petersen, revealing Dakota Johnson served as one of her bridesmaids and her pet dog had to be cut from the ceremony due to bad behaviour. Elvis Presley's granddaughter wed Smith-Petersen in front of a small group of family and close friends in Napa, California earlier this month (Feb15) and she has now shared photos from her wedding album with readers of Hello! magazine.
Snaps feature the bride in a long-sleeved lace ivory dress designed by Delphine Manivet, posing with her mother, Lisa Marie Presley, and grandmother, Priscilla Presley, who both wore black outfits.
In the accompanying interview, Keough says of her gown, "I wanted the dress to be simple and long sleeve and made of lace. Delphine made exactly what I wanted. I'm not very flashy, I wanted it to be very simple."
Gushing about her big day, she states, "It was the most beautiful, amazing, fun day and night. It was every single person I love in one place. I didn't want it to end", while her new husband adds, "I'd say it was the best day of my life. I don't want to be cliche, but it was. I wouldn't change anything."
However, the couple did have to make a last-minute change to the nuptials after her French bulldog, Grubs, misbehaved.
Keough, 25, tells the publication, "(He) ended up misbehaving during the wedding rehearsal so we had to tell him he couldn't be the ring dog any more, sadly. He was very naughty."
Fifty Shades of Grey star Johnson was included in her bridal party, while her brother, Ben Keough, was one of the groomsmen and their six-year-old half-sisters, Finley and Harper, were flower girls. The twins are Lisa Marie's children with her fourth husband, guitarist Michael Lockwood. Riley and Ben are her two older children from her first marriage to another musician, Danny Keough.
"Won the NME worst band award. I'm so damn happy right now. thx to everyone who voted #dreamscomingtrue" 5 Seconds Of Summer guitarist Michael Clifford was overjoyed to win the Worst Band accolade at the NME Awards in London on Wednesday (18Feb15).
Veteran singer/songwriter Michael Mcdonald has urged rapper Kanye West to learn to play an instrument and write "two bars of valid music" before criticising Beck's Grammy win. West stormed the stage at the recent Grammy Awards to protest as Beck picked up the Best Album prize, and he later declared Beyonce was the more deserving winner and ordered the prolific musician to hand the trophy over to the pop singer.
The hip-hop star has now come under fire from Doobie Brothers legend McDonald, who insists West has no right to criticise Beck because rapping over a computer-generated backing track does not make him an expert on music.
He tells Ultimate Classic Rock, "It's pretty obvious what Kanye's problem is. When Kanye gets to a point where he can actually put a couple of notes together either vocally or two bars of valid music playing an instrument, then he might have a right to criticise somebody else. Until then, I think he's just talking to hear the sound of his own voice.
"The whole kinda cut-and-paste thing is a certain kind of art form all by itself. I don't know if I call it songwriting from a musician's standpoint... Beck is obviously a consummate musician. He plays instruments, many instruments. He can make his own record without having a fleet of computer operators onboard."
Sandra Bullock invited her celebrity friends including comediennes Chelsea Handler and Whitney Cummings, actors Anthony Mackie and Michael McDonald, and Matthew McConaughey's wife Camila Alves to celebrate the Mardi Gras festival in her adopted hometown of New Orleans on Monday night (16Feb15). The pals were photographed wearing masks and multiple bead necklaces. The Oscar winner became a part-time resident of the Louisiana city after adopting New Orleans-born son Louis, now five, there in 2010.