Stars including Nicola Roberts, Sadie Frost and Anna Friel have posed for a series of candid photos in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Diet Coke. To round off a year of celebrations to mark the beloved beverage's launch in 1982, a host of British celebrities have set up their own 'Diet Coke Moment' for a series of stylish snaps.
The photos will be auctioned on eBay.com from 5 November (13), with all proceeds going to U.K. youth charity The Prince's Trust.
The images include Girls Aloud star Roberts taking a Diet Coke break in the studio, Frost relaxing with the fizzy soda in her London garden, and Friel taking meetings in the U.K. capital.
Peaches Geldof, model Daisy Lowe and designer Giles Deacon have also posed for shots.
Brid Drohan-Stewart, Marketing Director for Coca-Cola Great Britain, says, "2013 has been a phenomenal year for Diet Coke. As part of our 'Sparkling Together for 30 Years' campaign, we wanted to end the year of celebration with one big sparkling moment and give fashion fans the opportunity to bid for these exclusive pictures to raise money for a worthwhile cause."
Movie veteran Joan Collins has revealed she ended her first marriage to actor Maxwell Reed after he attempted to sell her to an Arab sheikh for $20,000 (GBP13,300). In her new memoir, titled Passion for Life, the Dynasty star admits her first union was a disaster, especially in the bedroom - and she fled to Hollywood after learning of her husband's bid to honour a rich Arab's indecent proposal to spend a night with the British beauty.
In the tome, Collins claims she was 18 when she lost her virginity to Reed, who was twice her age, recalling, "The act was awful and degrading."
The actress alleges he got her into bed by "drugging" her rum and coke, adding, "He ripped off my clothes while I was unconscious and I was violently sick afterward."
And her sex life as Mrs. Reed never improved. She continues: "The sex was awful. I gritted my teeth... and watched television."
Collins divorced Reed after five years of marriage and has wed four more times. She is currently married to Percy Gibson.
There are some phrases that dudes should never say, like "Can I have a salad instead of French fries?" or "On second thought, I'll take a diet coke." It's like seriously, you've already sitting in front of three Big Macs – go all the way big fella!
Of course, any woman can say any of the above and we'd all be perfectly fine with it (three cheers for women's lib!), which is why BuzzWatch has released a funny new video that pokes fun at how un-manly and weird it would be if a dude acted like a chick.
It's like seriously, the only time a man should "I bought Daddy a tie for his birthday," is if he's a low-level congressman referring to Ted Cruz. Seems like the entire country has been taking orders from that dude, lately.
Miley Cyrus has opened up about her opinions on drugs, confirming she loves Ecstasy and marijuana but hates cocaine. The Wrecking Ball singer's love of smoking weed has been well documented since she labelled herself a stoner when she was presented with a Bob Marley birthday cake in 2011.
Earlier this year (13) she defended her habit, insisting alcohol is more dangerous, and now she has added cocaine to the list of substances she hates.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the former child star says, "I think weed is the best drug on earth. One time I smoked a joint with peyote (hallucinogenic cactus) in it, and I saw a wolf howling at the moon. Hollywood is a coke town, but weed is so much better. And molly (Ecstasy), too. Those are happy drugs - social drugs. They make you want to be with friends. You're out in the open. You're not in a bathroom. I really don't like coke. It's so gross and so dark. It's like what are you, from the '90s? Ew."
"Either I was p**ck wasted lastnight, or I saw a Thai woman pull a live bird,2 turtles,razors,shoot darts and ping pong, all out of her p**sy. The birds feathers were all damp! Lol And THEN she tried to turn water into coke in her $!! Uhh yea, all I'm saying is water went in and soda came out! I'm traumatized!!!" Rihanna was left stunned by a cabaret show she saw in Thailand.
In order to keep up with the ever-fickle public, celebrities are constantly reinventing their images to stay relevant. Whether it’s David Bowie or Beyoncé taking on alter egos (Ziggy Stardust and Sasha Fierce, respectively), or Madonna and Gwen Stefani changing their entire persona every few years, seeing the changes celebs in the music world make is always interesting.
Some changes, however, come completely out of left field and leave us scratching our heads, wondering how the star could even be getting away with that. Here’s a rundown of 13 of the most interesting and unexpected 180s that stars have made
Dr. DreDr. Dre may be one of the grandaddies of gangsta rap, but he was originally a DJ for electro hip hop group World Class Wreckin’ Cru. The group wore the shiniest, glossiest clothes that would’ve put Marc Bolan to shame, and had the hottest ('80s) dance moves. After working the club circuit for a while, the group found success and are now considered to be pioneers of rap. Dre went on to join NWA, dropping the glitziness of the Cru for a more “gangsta” look, and eventually defined himself as a hip-hop producer with the golden touch.
Janet Jackson She was Penny on Good Times and Charlene on Diff’rent Strokes before turning into Miss Jackson (if you’re nasty). But it was Janet Jackson’s Herb Ritts-directed video for “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” that let the world know that Miss Jackson was officially Ms. Jackson. The shy but feisty girl from Control and Rhythm Nation 1814 that everyone knew and loved had officially reached womanhood. Instead of taking the trashy route to show the public she’d grown up (ahem, Miley), Jackson instead decided to show just the right amount of midriff in the video, look drop-dead gorgeous, and canoodle with the gorgeous hunk of man that is Antonio Sabato, Jr. Now that’s how you do it.
Beastie Boys Fun fact: the Beastie Boys’ roots are in hardcore punk rock. The group managed to play some sick shows, supporting legendary punk acts like the Misfits, Dead Kennedys, Reagan Youth, and Bad Brains during the '80s. Beastie Boys stumbled into hip-hop by accident – their first hip-hop track, “Cooky Puss,” was based on a prank call the group had made to a Carvel Ice Cream store in 1983, but ended up becoming a massive hit in the NYC underground hip-hop scene. The group began to record rock-based rap shortly after, and the rest is history.
LL Cool J LL Cool J was known for his hard-hitting raps and for having a hardcore mama who encouraged knocking people out. After appearing as a rapper in 1985’s Krush Grove, though, LL got a taste for acting and began to pursue more roles, appearing in films such as Wildcats and Toys before landing his own sitcom, In the House. Since then, LL has appeared in a slew of films and television shows, and currently stars on NCIS: Los Angeles. Impressively, the rapper has continued to consistently release albums since 1985 in between steadily landing movie and television roles. Clearly, it’s more than just the ladies who love cool James.
Alanis Morissette Essentially Canada’s answer to Tiffany, Alanis Morissette was a Canadian pop star before venturing over to the dark side of alternative rock. Morissette went from singing and dancing to bubblegum pop ditties to tearing Uncle Joey a new one on the record-breaking Jagged Little Pill. Sixteen Junos and seven Grammys later, Morissette is still going strong, having released her eighth studio album just last year.
Mark Wahlberg Mark Wahlberg has had a few surprising reinventions. First, he was a delinquent, teenage coke fiend who permanently blinded a Vietnamese man just for being Vietnamese. Then, he got together a Funky Bunch and became Marky Mark, ordering people everywhere to feel the good vibrations. His most drastic turn, however, was when he entered the acting world and became a critically acclaimed actor, even getting nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Supporting actor in 2006’s The Departed.
Black Eyed PeasOriginally starting out as a socially-conscious rap group from L.A., the Black Eyed Peas completely changed up their style in 2002 with the addition of pop singer Fergie. The group quickly decided that wondering where all the love in the world has gone to was not as important as humps and lovely lady lumps, and the party-starting, boom-boom-pow-ing Black Eyed Peas was born shortly thereafter.
Victoria Beckham The fact that we even call Victoria Beckham by her name instead of “Posh Spice” is enough proof that her reinvention was extremely successful. Beckham was originally the “meh” Spice of the Spice Girls, barely ever singing because she was too busy posing and pouting for the cameras. When the group broke up, it seemed highly unlikely that out of all the Spices, Posh would be the one to carve out a name for herself, but that’s exactly what she did. Beckham has made a name for herself in the fashion world and has a lucrative and critically acclaimed fashion line.
Skrillex Sonny Moore may sound like the name of a tough-talkin’, chain-smokin’ country star, but it’s actually the birth name of one of the world’s best-selling dubstep DJs. After doing a 3 year stint as the guitarist in an emo band called From First to Last, Moore released a few one-off songs before officially reinventing himself in 2010 with My Name Is Skrillex. The album took Skrillex in a completely different direction – from emo to dubstep – and almost overnight, Skrillex was opening for deadmau5 and winning Grammys left and right. Plus, The Skrillex has become a legitimate name for his oft-copied hairstyle, so in a weird way, the dude is also a fashion icon.
Drake For a lot of people, Drake will always be Wheelchair Jimmy from Degrassi: The Next Generation. The Canadian rapper originally started out as Aubrey Graham, playing basketball player James Brooks on the successful teen soap. In 2006, however, Drake released his first mixtape and started to garner buzz throughout the hip hop world. Famous before he was even signed to a label, Drake eventually signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment and has been rapping and feuding his way to the top of the hip hop charts ever since.
Rihanna Rihanna is known for constantly changing up her looks, but her initial reinvention was the one that caught us by surprise the most. After constantly being touted by the music industry as the next Beyoncé, the fresh-faced Barbadian ensured that the whole world knew that she was totally over being sweet and poppy by chopping off her hair and calling her third album Good Girl Gone Bad. In case anyone was still confused, she ditched the hip huggers and bangles for hot pants and whips, and started to sing songs about S&M. Anyone still wondering where the good girl went?
Courtney Love Courtney Love has gone through a few major transformations in her life, but her most unexpected was when she played Larry Flynt’s wife, Althea, in 1996’s The People vs. Larry Flynt. Not only did she garner tons of critical acclaim and receive a Golden Globe nomination for her role, but she showed up to the the 1997 Oscars looking like a completely different person, dropping her trademark messy, punk garb for a white gown and polished makeup. Gone were the days of flashing crowds and crashing Madonna interviews – a new Courtney Love had been born. (It didn’t last very long, but that’s a different story.)
Katy Perry Katy Perry grew up in a religious home with Pentecostal pastors as parents, so it wasn’t too surprising when she forayed into the music world as a Christian rock singer. What was surprising, though, was when she threw her old image out the window and instead kissed a girl and liked it so much that she had to sing a song about it. The once wholesome, blonde-haired-blue-eyed singer had turned into a raven-haired, ruby-lipped femme fatale-ish entertainer who dresses like Rainbow Brite and shoots whipped cream out of her boobs.
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"I'm like a vampire. I prey on the testosterone and alcohol-drenched sweat that comes off the crowd. That keeps me forever young and enjoying it. Most importantly, just before I go on stage my manager slaps me really hard around each cheek - which ay my age is the equivalent of doing a line of coke." DJ Fatboy Slim still manages to get his kicks at gigs despite giving up alcohol.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony star Bizzy Bone has spoken out to silence false rumours suggesting his dramatic weight loss was linked a drug problem, insisting the gossip is untrue. The rapper is sporting a newly svelte figure after shedding around 80 pounds (36 kilograms), but he is adamant his massive weight loss is down to cutting out alcohol and taking up a healthy new diet and fitness regime.
He tells Allhiphop.com, "I'm perfectly healthy... I'm probably the healthiest I've ever been in my life... A brother done (I have) lost 70, 80 pounds. I had to. I was too damn fat, and it was all from alcohol. As far as me drinking and things of that nature, I've gone out maybe six times in a year and six months... Never have I done anything else. No Mollies (ecstasy), none of that s**t. No crack. No coke. The farthest I've ever been is opium back in my younger days... All that bulls**t. I ain't got time for that."
The star goes on to insist he felt obliged to speak out to silence the untrue rumours, adding, "I can't walk into any business places that's (sic) conducting distribution, marketing, promotions and them take me serious if I don't answer these things. So if I leave it out there and say I don't care what anybody say about me it starts affecting my business. I have to say, 'Nah, it nothing like that (sic). I ain't never (sic) done no s**t like that'."
"I was drinking about a fifth of Jack (Daniels) a day, doing a lot of coke. I was just very introverted, I had an issue with being insecure and always trying to get external validation... It was just never enough and I was a late bloomer. I didn't actually start drinking until I was 22." Backstreet Boys star A.J. Mclean on his past battles with sobriety and substance abuse.
There is a (not so) mysterious demo floating around the Internet titled "So Legit," attributed to Lana Del Rey, that completely bashes Lady Gaga. And it's the very fact that the song slams Mother Monster that is causing the public to point fingers at Del Rey (well, that and the fact that it sounds like her and, according to the Huffington Post, was removed from YouTube by Del Rey's label, Interscope Records). Neither Del Rey's nor Lady Gaga's representatives have commented on the song.
For the sake of fanning the flames, let's act on the assumption that the song is Del Rey's spawn. Where did this beef with Gaga come from? Many weren't aware that Del Rey had such an axe to grind with Lady Gaga at all and it's unclear exactly when or why they might have had a falling out. However, we do know that Del Rey and Lady Gaga started out on similar career paths. Both of them are New Yorkers who appeared on New York's music scene at the same time and Del Rey worked with Lady Gaga under the same manager, Bob Leone. Del Rey even did joint gigs with Lady Gaga under her real name, Lizzy Grant. But Del Rey and Lady Gaga had drastically different relationships with "The Fame Monster," considering that Del Rey only became well known recently and Lady Gaga has been a household name for years. In "So Legit" Del Rey expresses disbelief that, of the two of them, she was the one who was left in the dust.
Let's take a look at these lyrics and find out how "legit" Del Rey really is, "You're looking like a man, you're talking like a baby /How the f**k is your song/ In a coke commercial crazy." Now, that's just aggressive. The song takes a turn by morphing into a lament of what Brooklyn used to be and somehow tries to blame Lady Gaga for its gentrification.
Del Rey then seems to go for the jugular by overtly attacking Lady Gaga: "Stefani, you suck/ I know you're selling twenty million/Wish they could have seen you when we booed you off in Williamsburg." Whoa, a little personal there with the name! But oh, the irony — little did Del Rey know that she would be booed off SNL years later.
We can only cross our fingers that Gaga takes a note from the infamous Eminem/Mariah Carey feud and releases a rebuttal.
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