"I wipe down airplane seats, which is really annoying. I find ways to make it work. But if I shook someone's hand and then touched my tongue, my head would blow off." fun. and Bleachers star Jack Antonoff on his battle with germophobia.
Singer Nate Ruess has reportedly struck up a romance with fashion designer Charlotte Ronson. The fun. frontman met the Brit through her twin sister, DJ Samantha Ronson, and the new couple has been secretly dating for months, according to Us Weekly.
Ruess and Ronson made their first public appearance together on Saturday (19Jul14) at an event in Montauk, New York, and an insider tells the magazine the Some Nights singer was "very incognito and didn't want to pose for photos but stood close and held Charlotte's dog Oliver... it's been super hush!"
Another source adds, "They were introduced a while ago and have met a few times but it recently turned romantic. They have quite a few mutual friends actually. It's cute."
Ruess previously dated his bandmate Jack Antonoff's sister, Rachel Antonoff, who is also a fashion designer.
Rocker Jack Antonoff has risked the wrath of Michael Jackson fans by insisting singer Taylor Swift is the "closest thing today" to the King of Pop.
The fun. rocker is adamant Swift is a better songwriter and more likely to be a longtime success than her pop contemporaries Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, whose music he brands "throwaway".
Antonoff, who wrote 2013 track Sweeter Than Fiction with Swift, tells GQ magazine, "I think Taylor Swift is one of the best songwriters ever. Taylor Swift is cool, because she's the closest thing today that hearkens to Michael Jackson - to great, great pop music. There's a difference between her and Gaga and Katy Perry and Lily Allen and all that. It all feels throwaway, comparatively."
fun. rocker Jack Antonoff met his now-girlfriend Lena Dunham on a blind date set up by their mutual friend, comedian Mike Birbiglia. The guitarist reveals he didn't know much about Girls creator and star Dunham before the 2012 date, so he made sure he did a little research before going out with her.
He tells New York magazine, "It was a blind date by modern standards. I mean, I used the Internet (to find out more about her)."
Antonoff, who dated Hollywood beauty Scarlett Johansson in high school, needn't have worried - the pair hit it off straight away.
He explains, "I told Lena everything about my whole life, because when you really like someone, you want them to know everything about you."
The couple is now looking towards the future and Antonoff reveals he is eager to settle down and start a family.
The 30 year old says, "It just seems like the most fun thing in the world. I've never met people who have kids who haven't looked me in the eye and been like, 'It's the greatest thing that's ever happened.'
"I'm not, like, 24 or 22. I'm no longer in the phase of my life where I talk about everything as in the future. Like, I'm in the future."
However, the musician admits he and Dunham are so busy, they may have to wait a while: "It's hard to imagine when the right time is because things are so crazy at the moment."
Rocker Jack Antonoff is using Craigslist.com to promote the upcoming album from his new band Bleachers. The fun. guitarist has taken to the classified advertisements website to promote his side project's debut album, which is due for release on 15 July (14).
Antonoff posted a listing in the musicians section for the New Jersey area under the title: "Artist seeking 'Strange Desire'", referring to a lyric from one of the tracks on the new record.
He added, "'Strange desire' is something that came to me a few weeks ago when I was working on the last song I wrote for the bleachers album. The lyric is, "feeling like i never was young I followed a dream and a strange desire.
"It was just something that came out in a scratch vocal take off the top of my head and I didn't realise how important it was in that moment. That line speaks to my entire life over the past 14 years of writing and being on tour. I do feel like I'm constantly mourning a childhood I never had. Mostly because I dealt with a lot of loss in the most formative years of my life. That ties into a lot of the lyrics on the album."
"Despite everything I've seen and done, I still believe most of what I read... so when an article claimed Jack & I had broken up after a display of street rage, I was all 'what? can't we try and work it out?'" Girls creator and star Lena Dunham is laughing off rumours suggesting she and her rocker boyfriend Jack Antonoff have split after an explosive argument outside a New York City bar.
Pop stars fun. have become the latest celebrities to join the United Nations fight for equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The We Are Young hitmakers have been named Equality Champions for the U.N.'s Free & Equal initiative, which was launched last year (13) to raise awareness about homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination, and encourage greater respect for the rights of LGBT people everywhere.
Singer Jack Antonoff says, "We, as musicians, stand with the LGBT community in any way we possibly can. Together, we have the ability to make the world a freer and more equal place."
fun. join the likes of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and gay star Ricky Martin among the faces fronting the Free & Equal campaign.
Antonoff and his bandmates Nate Ruess and Andrew Dost previously teamed up to launch non-profit organisation The Ally Coalition in 2012 to educate the public about LGBT issues.
Actor Anthony Mackie was once left embarrassed after Lena Dunham snubbed him as he attempted to ask her out on a date. The Hurt Locker star found himself at the same party as the Girls actress and struck up a conversation with her in the hopes of asking her out - but his efforts fell flat.
Mackie tells U.S. late night host Seth Meyers, "She shot me down, I stumbled over something (I said to her). I said, 'Wow, you're really pretty,' and she said, 'Thank you,' and she said, 'Well you know I'm doing this show and it's going really well,' and she said, 'What are you working on?' and I said, 'I got some things coming out.'
"It was a slow time... I didn't have anything to talk about and she was like, 'Oh,' and her publicist whisked her away so fast it was like a poof of dust."
Dunham has since started dating fun. rocker Jack Antonoff.
"I saw my boyfriend and his girlfriend from high school - Scarlett Johansson... I'm not jealous. It's very sweet. I love looking at pictures of them. She's beautiful, he's beautiful, but it was just so surreal to be looking through this blog that gives me so much pleasure and then there's my boyfriend." Girls creator/star Lena Dunham on seeing a photo of her current boyfriend, fun. rocker Jack Antonoff on her favourite Tumblr.com blog, Old Loves, which features odd celebrity couples from the past. Antonoff and Johansson dated as teenagers.
fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff has started his own side band called Bleachers, and he revealed its first single on Tuesday (18Feb14). The Grammy-winning rocker wrapped fun.'s world tour last October (13), but he's not slowing down during their hiatus, focusing on a brand new group.
Antonoff took to Twitter.com on Tuesday (18Feb14) to announce the new band and release its first single, called I Wanna Get Better, on which he wrote, co-produced and sang lead vocals.
After the outpouring of support from fans, he wrote a heartfelt 'thank you' letter to his supporters on his Tumblr.com blog, divulging more information about a project he managed to create during the fun. tour and keep under wraps for a year.
He writes, "Didn't realize today would be as emotional as it is. I've been working on bleachers for a year and a half now. I didn't mean for it to be this big secret, but I didn't want anything to speak for it besides the music itself. we live in a real "big announcement next week!" type of culture, and this all meant too much to me to put anything out there besides actual music.
"But now you know, and it means the world to me. everything I do, whether it's fun., bleachers or something else, the work only comes to life because you all inspire me to make it real. I could so easily sit in the studio (or rather in bed) and just work on things forever and never get to the point. moments like today, releasing new music and being able to connect you about it are why it all matters."
Bleachers' full-length studio album is due out this spring (14), and they will make their TV debut on new U.S. talk show Late Night With Seth Meyers on 26 March (14).