Taylor Swift has broken her ex-boyfriends' hearts all over again by revealing she wasn't in love with any of them.
The singer, who lists Harry Styles, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer and Joe Jonas among her past flames, tells the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine that she never thought she'd have a lasting romance with her famous exes. She says, "(It wasn't) real love. Not the kind that lasts. I think that's still ahead of me, which is really exciting."
And, opening up about her much-publicised dating life, the Love Story hitmaker admits she was too idealistic as she entered into her past romances, adding, "I used to go into them thinking, 'Maybe this is the one, we'll get married and have a family; this could be forever'. Whereas now I go in thinking, 'How long do we have on the clock before something comes along and puts a wrench in it, or your publicist calls and says this isn't a good idea?'"
Bono's personal lyrics about his upbringing in new U2 song Cedarwood Road has prompted the rocker's former Dublin neighbours to offer up memories of what it was like living on the same street as a future rock superstar. The song, named after the road Bono - aka Paul Hewson - lived on as a child, was released as a free download following U2's surprise performance at an Apple iPhone 6 launch on Tuesday (09Sep14), and now reporters for Ireland's RTE Radio One have tracked down some of the people who knew the singer before he became a star.
Bob Conway, who grew up just doors away from the Hewsons, says, "We grew up at a time when younger people were looking for a new way forward. Then on Cedarwood Road we started hearing Bono and the three boys practising in the garage."
Another former neighbour, Angela Massey, reveals Bono inadvertently ran over her dog, adding, "I had a little dog and he knocked him down. He came to my door the next day and he wanted to know how the dog was. He was a terribly nice young fella."
And Conway admits the lyrics to Bono's personal new song brought back fond memories of the rock star's late mother: "The lyrics of the song paint a nice picture of the person Iris was. Right to this present day you can see the power that she still has on his life - she was a wonderful woman.
"She was very quiet in her own way, you would nearly say reserved. She was a very charitable, giving woman, and very bubbly and pleasant as well... Bono's ma was dead cool... There was something very calming and assuring about her."
U2's new album, which was available as a free download for a day, also features another very personal track, Raised By Wolves, which chronicles the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 1974, which cost 34 people their lives.
Bono tells Rolling Stone magazine he would have been part of the carnage had it not been for a fateful decision he made earlier that day: "It was a real incident that happened in our country where three car bombs were set to go off at the same time in Dublin on a Friday night (at) 5.30.
"On any other Friday I would have been at this record shop, just down the corner, but I cycled to school that day."
Taylor Swift was hospitalised when an ex-boyfriend crashed a snowmobile they were riding on.
The Love Story hitmaker was travelling on a snow vehicle with a former lover when he lost control and wrecked it, and the pair was admitted to hospital for minor injuries. Swift has penned a song called Out of the Woods about the relationship and references the incident in the lyrics, writing, "Remember when you hit the brakes too soon/Twenty stitches in a hospital room."
Swift was surprised the accident remained a secret, telling Rolling Stone magazine, "You know what I've found works even better than an NDA (non-disclosure agreement)? Looking someone in the eye and saying, 'Please don't tell anyone about this.' "People think they know the whole narrative of my life... I think maybe that line is there to remind people that there are really big things they don't know about."
Although the pop star does not mention the boyfriend by name, the interview has sparked speculation that the song is about One Direction star Harry Styles, who Swift dated last year (13).
British singer Joss Stone is enlisting her fans' help to design the cover for her upcoming album. The You Had Me hitmaker is launching a competition for followers to get creative and come up with cover artwork for her seventh studio album, Water For Your Soul.
The winning designer will receive a permanent credit on the record, signed memorabilia from Stone, plus two tickets to a show and a meet-and-greet.
Fans have until 28 September (14) to submit their ideas.
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Pop star Justin Bieber proved he has a model body by stripping down to his underwear during the 2014 Fashion Rocks event on Tuesday night (09Sep14).
The Baby hitmaker took to the stage with supermodel Lara Stone to introduce Rita Ora at the music and runway event at the Barclays Center in New York City, but he told the crowd that he doesn't "feel comfortable" unless he is in his underwear. Bieber then shed his pants, bright blue blazer and black tank top, as he flexed his muscles for the crowd.
In addition to Ora, who covered David Bowie's hit Fashion, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Hudson, Nicki Minaj, Duran Duran, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, Enrique Iglesias, Usher and KISS all took the stage for the event, which coincides with New York Fashion Week.
Country star Jason Aldean has publicly thanked fans and radio DJs who have spoken out about his CMA Awards snub, insisting the outrage has validated his upset. Aldean was expected to be among the stars dominating the nominations when they were announced last week (ends05Sep14), but, despite his four country chart number ones, he was omitted from the list and won't be among those competing for Entertainer of the Year or Male Vocalist.
Promoting his new record on Tuesday (09Sep14), Aldean told Rolling Stone magazine, "Obviously it's disappointing. We're still out there selling out shows... I don't think there is anybody else out there that is doing the kind of touring numbers that we're doing. It's frustrating, man.
"What do you do? Things like that are out of your hands... It does suck a little bit when awards season comes around and you feel like you're, as far as artists go, you're up there at the cream of the crop, and to get overlooked like that is upsetting."
But he's grateful for the fans and country music radio hosts who are standing up for him, adding, "Everything stirred up a hornet's nest with everybody. All the DJs on the radio were talking about it and everything else. Which is cool. I do appreciate the fact that there are people out there who do realise what we're doing. It sort of validates my reasoning for being upset."
"Melissa (McCarthy) would be a spectacular Ghostbuster. And Kristen Wiig is so funny... I like this girl Linda Cardellini a lot, and Emma Stone is funny. There are some funny girls out there." Bill Murray names his ideal cast for the new female-focused reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise.
Taylor Swift's pal Ed Sheeran has followed the Love Story singer's lead and opened up about a mystery rival who stole his girlfriend in a new radio interview. In a new Rolling Stone interview, Swift reveals she now tries to avoid an unnamed pop star who attempted to wreck her Red Tour by swiping dancers, and now Sheeran has revealed a fellow Brit, who he thought was a pal, stole his girl, prompting him to pen the song Don't.
Appearing on U.S. shock jock Howard Stern's radio show, Sheeran confirmed that the song is about a girl who cheated on him while they were staying in the same hotel, adding his love rival was a "mate".
He told Stern, "I was just a bit like, 'Erm, not cool, but...' We haven't really spoken since then."
The radio host then pressed his guest for the identity of the friend, asking if it was "the guy from One Direction", prompting Sheeran to respond, "Well, it depends which one you're talking about."
That remark alone sent gossips into overdrive as they suggested the girl in question could have been Ellie Goulding, who briefly dated Niall Horan or Swift, who romanced Harry Styles at the end of 2012.
Sheeran has previously dismissed rumours suggesting that Swift was the ex who became a muse for Don't.
A dancer appears to have confirmed reports suggesting Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are feuding by revealing the Teenage Dream singer allegedly swiped the Love Story hitmaker's touring team. Swift hit headlines on Monday (08Sep14) when she opened up about the lyrics to new song Bad Blood and revealed the track is about a mystery pop rival, who pretended to be her friend and then "tried to sabotage an entire arena tour".
The country star told Rolling Stone, "Last year she did something so horrible. I was like, 'Oh, we're just straight-up enemies'... It had to do with business... She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me."
Swift refused to name names, but revealed she now has to avoid her rival.
Perry fuelled gossip that she was the subject of Swift's song by posting a cryptic message about a bully on her Twitter page. The Firework hitmaker referenced Rachel McAdams' bully character Regina George from 2004 teen movie Mean Girls, writing, "Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing..."
Now dancer Lockhart Brownlie has amped up the story by revealing she had to give up a spot on Swift's Red Tour to reteam with her former boss Perry on her Part of Me Tour.
She tells the Examiner, "I was with Taylor for the first six months (of 2013). It was a great experience and she's a great person to work with, but then Katy contacted us.
"We were with Katy for two-and-a-half (years), she's like family to us, so we were, like, 'Absolutely'."
A fellow dancer, named Dominic, who also switched camps mid-way through 2013, adds, "We weren't really dancing in Taylor's tour anyway so I had got a little bored and I really wanted to do a promo tour.
"The experiences were completely different. Taylor is very untouchable. When we did see her, we had so much fun with her, but she's a lot more protected than Katy. Katy's 28 now and can do her own thing. Her team are so lovely, so we have such a good connection. And this time around she is a lot more in control."
Taylor Swift hasn't been on a date since she split from One Direction star Harry Styles last year (13), because she's sick of giving comedians jokes for their act.
The Love Story singer has long been ridiculed for her dating disasters and her knack of writing songs about them, and she even pokes fun at her short romances in the lyrics of her new hit Shake It Off, but now she's determined to make sure her next boyfriend is for keeps.
She tells Rolling Stone, "I feel like watching my dating life has become a bit of a national pastime. And I’m just not comfortable providing that kind of entertainment anymore. I don’t like seeing slide shows of guys I’ve apparently dated. I don’t like giving comedians the opportunity to make jokes about me at award shows. "I don’t like it when headlines read 'Careful, Bro, She’ll Write a Song About You', because it trivialises my work. And most of all, I don’t like how all these factors add up to build the pressure so high in a new relationship that it gets snuffed out before it even has a chance to start. And so, I just don’t date."