"It might be nice to have a wedding one day... People seem to think I'm more wife material than girlfriend material. That's probably why I'm single! People want to marry me - and nothing before it." Singer Ellie Goulding has figured out why she's single.
There's so much to learn from Shonda Rhimes's brilliant ABC series Scandal. Not all killers are bad people. Olivia Pope is everything. And American politics is a pretty scandalous enterprise. And considering all of the love triangles and madness therein, there's plenty to learn about love and relationships. Here are some of the best quotes from the show, now in the midst of a pretty amazing third season.
Fitz: "What kind of a coward was I to marry her and not wait for you?"
Yes, he's cheating on his wife. Yes, Olivia is -- technically speaking -- his mistress. But Fitz proved that their relationship was going to be way more complicated than that when, in season one, he confessed his feelings for Liv with this epic line.
Olivia: "I am not a toy you can play with when you’re bored or lonely or horny. I am not the girl the guy gets at the end of the movie. I am not a fantasy. If you want me, Earn me!"
Ladies everywhere have vowed to live by this rant, which Olivia practically spat out at the President in the Oval Office. Fitz may think he's kind of a big deal, but even the President has to show and prove when it comes to love.
Cyrus: "I've moved Heaven and Earth to save you from yourselves. I have lied for you. I have stolen for you. I have cheated for you. I have killed for you. I have almost died for you. And you, you two are so stupid and romantic and high on your own doomed love, Romeo and Juliet, Dear Diary nonsense that you won't even save your own lives, but I am being dramatic? Romeo & Juliet were teenagers and they died! ... This is not a romance novel. Life is not a romance novel!"
Poor Cyrus. He'd had it with Olivia and Fitz (as many of us had by the end of season two) and kinda had to put Liv in her place. We all love a good romance novel, but Cyrus teaches us that there has to be a point when you acknowledge that reality is a little different. And since Romeo and Juliet was actually a tragedy, maybe those two aren't the couple we should all be turning to for lessons in love.
Mellie: "It hurts until it doesn't. You think it's going to break you, but it won't. You may not sleep as well at night, but you will be fine. Numb, but numb and fine are the same."
This season Cyrus got the shock of his life when he discovered proof that James had cheated on him. He get a bit of advice from the one woman who warned him of what could happen if he mixed politics with his personal life.
Charlie: "Think of it as a relationship, except I’ll actually listen to what you have to say."
Oh, Charlie from B6-13. In an attempt to get Quinn comfortable with the idea of being a total Gladiator traitor (Gladi-traitor?), he tells her to pretend that they're dating. Except he'll be listening to her. Nice.
Olivia: "My whole life is you. I can't breathe because I'm waiting for you. You own me. You control me. I belong to you."
See? This is why Cyrus got so angry. Who can deal with Olivia and Fitz not breathing for the sake of love and being all tragic and destined and dramatic? Well, the truth is, we kind of love it. We'd love to see them get it together so they could be in an actual healthy, adult relationship... but then Scandal would probably become a completely different show.
Buck Owens' official autobiography has been brought to life using audio tapes left behind by the late country superstar. The singer, who died in 2006, spent several years working on an outline for a book of his life story, recording his notes on tapes between 1995 and 2000, but the project never came to fruition.
The tapes were eventually handed to author Randy Poe by the late star's former Buckaroos bandmate Jim Shaw, and he was able to create the autobiography the singer was never able to write, titled Buck 'Em! The Autobiography of Buck Owens.
Poe tells Billboard.com, "I had went up to Bakersfield (in California) to meet with some members of Buck's family about the possibility of writing Buck's authorised biography. After meeting with them, Jim Shaw, who to this day is one of the Buckaroos - and runs some of Buck's businesses in Bakersfield - took me into Buck's old office and there was this desk with a stack of tapes. He says 'This might be helpful to you... I didn't have to think about it very long or very hard till I came back to Jim and the family and I said 'Let's scratch this authorised biography business, and do what Buck wanted. Let's create his autobiography from these cassettes that he left us'."
However, Poe admits the process became a little frustrating as he couldn't ask his subject any questions. He adds, "The most frustrating thing was the inability to be able to say things like 'Why did you marry the fourth one (wife)? What was the thought process? When he would interrupt himself on a tape, I could say 'Wait a minute, you were telling a really good story. Go back and finish it.' I would love to have been able to do that... It was the most complicated jigsaw puzzle anyone has ever put together, but I was able to piece it together through all the different sources."
Actor Martin Freeman is set to wed his longtime girlfriend Amanda Abbington - on hit TV show Sherlock. The Brit's character Dr. Watson will surprise fans by walking down the aisle when the hugely popular detective series returns to U.K. screens for a third series next week (begs30Dec13).
The faithful sidekick to super sleuth Sherlock Holmes, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, will marry Mary Morstan, who will be played by Freeman's real life partner of 13 years, Abbington.
He says, "It wasn't a John (Lennon) and Yoko (Ono) thing, where I said, 'I want my missus (girlfriend) in'.
"I think they (casting directors) had thought about it and Amanda is a really good Mary. If she was nothing to do with me, she'd still be someone who'd definitely come up for it."
Abbington's casting in the show prompted a backlash from some fans earlier this year (13), with Internet trolls going as far as to issue death threats to the actress via Twitter.com.
Freeman subsequently slammed the online abusers, saying, "To me, they're not fans of the show, they're fans of a show going on in their heads. Obviously I love Amanda and I want everyone to react positively to her; she plays a fantastic character and brings a hell of a lot to the third series."
British singer-turned-DJ Dane Bowers is set to become a married man. The former Another Level star proposed to his girlfriend, Sophia Cahill, during a romantic holiday in Tenerife, Spain last week (ends20Dec13).
Following the engagement, the star took to Twitter.com to announce the happy news, writing, "I am the happiest man alive. Ecstatic to say the beautiful Sophia Cahill made me the happiest man alive by saying yes... when I said the amazing words... Will you marry me!!"
Bowers was previously married to his agent Chrissy Johnston before their split in 2009.
Broadway producer Vivek Tiwary landed his very own, custom tour of The Beatles's native Liverpool, England as he researched the life of Fab Four manager Brian Epstein for a planned biopic. Tiwary has been working on a movie version of his The Fifth Beatle graphic novel for some time, and he previously flew over to the U.K. to learn more about what life was like for the stars in their famous hometown.
But instead of taking the typical Beatles history tour offered by local guides, he managed to score a personalised journey all about Epstein.
Tiwary tells BlogTalkRadio.com, "In my early days of research I asked the Magic Mystery Tour Bus folks if they would design a Brian Epstein heavy tour for me and take me to places a lot of typical Beatles fans may not care about. So we went to the place where Brian Epstein was born and the house that he grew up in; his flat (apartment) on Faulkner Street that he kept and gave to John (Lennon) and (first wife) Cynthia. When John got Cynthia pregnant Brian said you have to marry her and your child needs to have a proper home. John couldn't afford that so Brian said, 'You can have my home,' and the first home that John, Cynthia and Julian lived in was Brian's flat and it still exists. They designed that tour for me and it was fun."
Tiwary's upcoming The Fifth Beatle film has already won the backing of surviving Fab Four member Sir Paul McCartney, who personally gave his permission for the producer to use original Beatles tunes for the movie soundtrack.
Bring It On director Peyton Reed will take charge of the Epstein biopic. Casting details have yet to be announced, although production is expected to begin in 2014.
The music guru died from a drug overdose in 1967.
Rapper Future waited to propose to fiancee Ciara because he couldn't believe he had fallen in love with the sexy singer. The hitmaker reveals he used to be afraid of telling a significant other that he loved her and wanted to make sure his feelings were for real before he asked Ciara to marry him on her recent 28th birthday.
He tells Nylon magazine, "I wanted to do it (propose) one time. I was never searching for love. I wanted it to come to me. And when it did, I embraced it. It's a feeling that I never want to leave."
R&B star Kelly Rowland has confirmed her engagement to boyfriend Tim Witherspoon. The former Destiny's Child singer sparked speculation she was set to marry her longtime manager last month (Nov13), when she showed off a diamond ring on her wedding finger during an online video.
And in an interview with Queen Latifah on her talk show, due to air in the U.S. on Wednesday (18Dec13), Rowland exclaimed, "He put a ring on it!", before holding up her hand for the audience to see.
The 32-year-old admitted that she had worked hard to keep her romance out of the spotlight from the beginning, adding, "It's been a while. We've kept it very, very low - for years, to be completely honest."
Rowland also revealed the proposal had been less than traditional: "He asked me first on Skype and I was like, 'We're so far away from each other.' But it was so late, I remember we were both just kinda like, honestly, just staring at each other. And he asked me, and it was just that simple to say yes. I was like, 'I got my best friend to ride through life with.' He really is my best friend."
It's the second engagement for Rowland - she accepted football player Roy Williams' proposal in 2004 before calling off their plans to wed the following year (05).
Singer Sir Tom Jones interviewed Kate Moss for her big reveal in Playboy's new 60th anniversary issue. The two Brits chatted at exclusive London restaurant China Tang and Jones confessed the questions he was asking had all been prepared by Playboy's editors.
He said, "I'll read it just as it is, so don't take the p**s out of me."
Moss features on the front of the anniversary issue wearing the iconic Playboy bunny costume and strips off inside for a series of saucy shots taken by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
In the accompanying interview, Moss tells Jones he would be one of the people she'd invite to her dream dinner party along with Stevie Nicks, Joan Collins, photographer David Bailey, Playboy boss Hugh Hefner and Jack Nicholson.
She says, "I would like to have dinner with naughty people who have a story to tell."
The model also reveals that given the publication's choice of Piers Morgan, Naomi Campbell and Marc Jacobs and asked to pick one to marry, one to kill and one to bed, she would "Kill Piers, marry Marc, f**k Naomi".
Simon Cowell has confessed he feels guilty about his relationship with friend Andrew Silverman's ex-wife Lauren Silverman, but says the prospect of fatherhood saved him from depression. The X Factor boss has enjoyed several holidays with the wealthy real estate developer and his wife, but the couple's marriage fell apart and Lauren revealed she was carrying Cowell's baby earlier this year (13).
The Silvermans finalised their divorce this month (Dec13), leaving Lauren free to marry Cowell, but the music mogul admits he feels guilty about betraying a friend.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I let down a friend and I feel bad about that."
But despite his guilt Cowell says the prospect of becoming father has lifted him out of a deep depression and insists news of his unborn son "changed everything".
He adds, "I just wasn't myself and I couldn't get out of it. And then the baby happened. It was like coming out of a fog, that's the only way I can describe it."
Second of a series of specials based on the best-selling book describing how celebrity couples met, courted and married. Both specials look at three high-profile couples, including interviews, personal photographs, memorabilia and video clips.