Entries in Vanity Fair (14)


Taylor Swift Insists She Is Not a 'Clingy, Desperate Girlfriend'

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABC(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift’s love life is none of your business.

Although her songs about boys and the ones that got away have won her enough trophies to mend any broken heart, the 23-year-old Swift has an issue with girls who mock other girls’ love lives.

In the April issue of Vanity Fair, Swift finally reveals what happened between her and One Direction’s Harry Styles, talks about the house she reportedly bought next to the Kennedy compound, and insists that she is not a clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend.

“‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women,’” said Swift, apparently quoting some advice from Katie Couric after this year’s Golden Globes, when Amy Poehler and Tina Fey mocked Swift’s highly publicized dating life.

In fact, the way her writing has been twisted into something other than a woman writing about her feelings in a confessional way comes off to Swift as condescending.

“For a female to write about her feelings, and then be portrayed as some clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend in need of making you marry her and have kids with her,” Swift said, “I think that’s taking something that potentially should be celebrated -- a woman writing about her feelings in a confessional way -- that’s taking it and turning it and twisting it into something that is frankly a little sexist.”

Swift has had quite a romantic past to write about. Since her first album, she has been linked to Jake Gyllenhaal, Taylor Lautner, Joe Jonas, and John Mayer.

But Swift called it ridiculous that there are slide shows of a dozen guys she has been spotted hugging, meeting for lunch, or meeting for songwriting sessions.

“If you want some big revelation, since 2010 I have dated exactly two people,” Swift said, referring to Conor Kennedy and Styles.

Swift would not go into detail on her relationships with the two younger men, but she authorized someone to speak to Vanity Fair on her behalf about her exes.

“He was all, like, ‘You’re amazing -- I want to be with you. I want to do this,” the source said of Styles’ pursuit of Swift.  Trust issues were the couple’s downfall.  As the source said, Swift felt that Styles had a wandering eye.  She reconciled with Styles after a breakup over an Internet photo of him kissing a friend, but, “it was like he just didn’t want to keep going.”

Styles, 19, is not much older than Swift’s previous boyfriend, Kennedy, 17.  The source said that Swift felt that after dating men in their 30s, such as Gyllenhaal and Mayer, seeing younger men would be less painful.  “So it was like, ‘That hurt -- this won’t. But then it did,” the source said.

As for the house in Hyannis Port next to Kennedy’s family, “People say that about me, that I apparently buy houses near every boy I like -- that’s a thing that I apparently do,” Swift said, “If I like you I will apparently buy up the real estate market just to freak you out so you leave me.”

But that’s not the case according to Swift: “If there’s a pregnancy rumor, people will find out it’s not true when you wind up not being pregnant, like nine months from now.

“And if there’s a house rumor, they’ll find out it’s not true when you are actively not ever spotted at that house.”

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Kate Moss Talks Heroin, Crying Over Johnny Depp

Vanity Fair(NEW YORK) -- Even Kate Moss has insecurities. In a new interview in Vanity Fair's December issue, the 38-year-old supermodel opened up about how Johnny Depp damaged her and how modeling made her a mess.

Moss and Depp began a high profile, four-year relationship during the 1990s. Moss said it was one of the first times she felt taken care of.

“There’s nobody that’s ever really been able to take care of me. Johnny did for a bit. I believed what he said,” Moss said. “Like if I said, ‘What do I do?,’ he’d tell me.”

When he left, it was a disaster.

“And that’s what I missed when I left,” she said. “I really lost that gauge of somebody I could trust. Nightmare. Years and years of crying. Oh, the tears!”

Moss said she had some regrets about posing topless with “Marky” Mark Wahlberg for the 1992 Calvin Klein photo shoot that made her famous. Around age 17, Moss had a nervous breakdown.

“It didn’t feel like me at all. I felt really bad about straddling this buff guy,” she said. "I didn’t like it. I couldn’t get out of bed for two weeks. I thought I was going to die.”

She shot to fame in the 1990s as the face of “heroin chic,” a look characterized by rail-thin, pale models with angular bones and dark eyes. But Moss said she never took part in the drug. Moss was photographed snorting cocaine in 2005 and was questioned by British police. She ultimately avoided charges.

“I had never even taken heroin. It was nothing to do with me at all,” Moss said. “I was thin, but that’s because I was doing shows, working really hard. At that time, I was staying at a B and B in Milan, and you’d get home from work and there was no food. You’d get to work in the morning, there was no food. Nobody took you out for lunch when I started.”

Moss said she was never anorexic and that if she were, she wouldn’t have been able to work. She also recalled how uncomfortable she felt when posing nude, saying she would lock herself in the bathroom and cry before stripping down.

After all that, maybe it’s no surprise that when she’s not working, Moss hates being photographed.

“I don’t want to be myself, ever. I’m terrible at a snapshot. Terrible,” she said. "I blink all the time. I’ve got facial Tourette’s. Unless I’m working and in that zone, I’m not very good at pictures, really.”

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Janet Jackson Demands Retraction from "Vanity Fair" for Claims She Delayed Michael’s Funeral

Steve Granitz/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- An attorney for Janet Jackson says a story published in Vanity Fair that claims Janet refused to let her brother Michael’s funeral take place until the late King of Pop’s estate reimbursed her for the $40,000 deposit she made to secure a burial plot at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif. is “false and defamatory.”

In a letter addressed to Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter, Jackson attorney Blair Brown demands the magazine “retract its statement that Ms. Jackson ‘refused’ to let Michael Jackson’s funeral take place until the money she put down as a deposit on his burial plot was repaid.”

Brown insists that Vanity Fair publish a retraction explaining that the statement is false, and also demands that the magazine “contact all other media and websites that have re-published Vanity Fair’s false statement and inform them of its retraction and its corrective statement."

In her letter to Vanity Fair, Brown says the article “is replete with additional false and defamatory statements regarding Ms. Jackson.”

The article in Vanity Fair’s November 2012 issue is an excerpt from author Randall Sullivan’s upcoming book, Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Sept. 3, 2009, more than two months after his death.

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Daniel Craig: Fame Ain't What It Used to Be

Greg Williams/Eon Productions via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While fans look forward to his third go 'round as James Bond in November's Skyfall, Daniel Craig is looking back to the Hollywood of yesteryear: before everybody and his mother had a cellphone.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Craig says, "You talk to people in the movie business who have been doing this 40 years and they all say the difference is that, back in the day, you could go and have a drink in the bar, get drunk, fall over, have a good time, relax, whatever, and no one would know about it. But now everyone's got a camera."

The actor explains further, "Not that all I want to do is get drunk in a bar, but that's an example. So you can't live a normal life anymore. Because it will become public knowledge that you've whatever -- gotten drunk in a bar or skinny-dipped on a beach or something. Things that normal people do occasionally. And in a way that's kind of -- I’ve got to be high-class ... But you have to think in that way. Which is sad, because I like bars."

That being said, even 007 has his limits. "It's amazing how many times I've sat in interviews ... and it's 11 o'clock in the morning and someone sends a martini over," Craig says, laughing. "And it's like, Really? It's 11 o'clock! Cheers! I'm not going to drink it."

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Kirstie Alley Defends Tom Cruise on "Vanity Fair's" Scientology Claims

Donna Ward/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Kirstie Alley is defending her friend Tom Cruise against Vanity Fair's claims that The Church of Scientology devised "a top-secret process" of auditioning actresses to play the real-life role of his girlfriend.

"I think whenever you have articles written that are third and fourth parties' opinions -- it's like the game Gossip and you don't get the truth -- I think that a magazine of that caliber should have interviewed him, and then they would get the truth," Alley told Entertainment Tonight during New York Fashion Week.

In the October issue of Vanity Fair, special correspondent Maureen Orth reports that Nazanin Boniadi was selected from a group of Scientologist actresses to play the role of Cruise's girlfriend.  Orth, who interviewed "several sources," claims that the entire arrangement was headed by Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology chief David Miscavige.

"I think that probably all religions sound bizarre to the people who are not the practitioners of them," Alley said, adding, "To me it's so normal, and probably 90 percent of the crazy stuff I hear isn't true."

Alley is set to compete on the upcoming Dancing with the Stars: All Stars.

A rep for Cruise told ABC News in a statement: "Lies in a different font are still lies -- designed to sell magazines."

The Church of Scientology denies to the magazine that there was any such recruiting project and did not respond to ABC News' request for a statement.

Boniadi, 32, went on to appear in the ABC soap General Hospital and the 2010 superhero film Iron Man.  She is now a spokesperson for Amnesty International and no longer involved with Scientology, according to the magazine.

Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise earlier this year after six years of marriage.

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Gabby Douglas Tells 'Vanity Fair' Former Teammates Called Her ‘Slave’

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Although Gabby Douglas has been showered with praise since winning two Olympic gold medals, the 16-year-old gymnast recalled a time when she was teased and taunted by her fellow teammates, who she said called her “slave” and stole her clothes.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Douglas said a gymnast at Excalibur Gymnastics in Virginia Beach, Va.,  called her the team’s “slave” as she tried to get out of cleaning the equipment.

In another instance, Douglas told the magazine how her shirt was stolen from the Excalibur locker room, and that her teammates laughed when she realized she had no shirt to wear. “You don’t actually take by mistake someone’s clothes,” Douglas said.

But Douglas said the worst incident in her memory was an Excalibur staff member telling her she might want to get plastic surgery on her nose because of its flatness. Douglas called that comment “very hurtful.”

Representatives for Excalibur denied to Vanity Fair that the events occurred, and said Douglas never reported them to administrators. Douglas’ mom, Natalie Hawkins, said she only recently learned about her daughter’s alleged treatment at Excalibur and was “flabbergasted.”

Douglas ended up leaving Virginia to train in Iowa while living with a host family. With two medals under her belt, she’s now focusing on how to celebrate with the millions likely to pour in from endorsement deals. Although she hasn’t had time to get a driver’s license, she wants a car: “An Acura NSX,” she said, adding, “Oh yeah, and a Bentley.”

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Kate Middleton Tops "Vanity Fair’s" Best-Dressed List

John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It’s only August, but Vanity Fair has already announced its best-dressed list for 2012.

Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, tops the annual best-dressed list, also known as the 73rd International Best-Dressed Poll.  It’s the third time Prince William’s “Kate the Great” has been named to Vanity Fair’s best-dressed list.  Middleton’s brother-in-law, Prince Harry, has made the list for the first time.

Middleton is featured on half of the September Vanity Fair covers, while actress Jessica Chastain is featured on the other half.

Other notable names on the best-dressed list include singer Alicia Keys, rapper Jay-Z, actor Colin Firth, NBC's Matt Lauer, CBS correspondent Morley Safer and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

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Kristen Stewart Gets Glammed Up for "Vanity Fair"

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Snow White and the Huntsman actress Kristen Stewart is featured on the cover of the July issue of Vanity Fair, and inside she is featured in a high-fashion photo shoot modeling haute couture gowns in Paris.

The photo spread, shot by Mario Testino, shows the actress in Jean Paul Gaultier corsets and Faberge jewels.

Stewart tells the magazine that when she was younger, she would have never guessed she'd be on the cover of a magazine. 

Stewart says, "Look at a picture of me before I was 15.  I am a boy.  I wore my brother's clothes, dude!  I didn't even think about it.  I wore my gym clothes."

The Twilight star also reveals that kids used to make fun of her because of her grooming habits.

Stewart recalls, "I remember this girl in sixth grade looked at me in gym and was like, 'Oh my God! That's disgusting -- you don’t shave your legs!'"

Stewart tells the magazine she's more concerned with people getting to know her for who she is and not what she wears. 

She noted, "What matters to me is that people in the room leave and say, 'She was cool.  She had a good time.  She was honest.'"

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'Vanity Fair' Reveals Its 'Fresh Stars of 2012'

Dimitrios Kambouris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- The girl with the dragon tattoo is now the woman on the cover of Vanity Fair.  Actress Rooney Mara and several other young Hollywood actresses grace the cover of the latest Vanity Fair for the magazine’s “Fresh Stars of 2012” issue. The list of young stars includes The Help star Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Albert Nobbs actress Mia Wasikowska, actress Elizabeth Olsen, The Descendants star Shailene Woodley, Mission Imposssible: Ghost Protocol star Paula Patton, Abduction actress Lily Collins, Pariah star Adepero Oduye, Like Crazy star Felicity Jones and writer/actor Brit Marling.

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Johnny Depp Apologizes for Comparing Photo Shoots to Rape

MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Johnny Depp says he is "truly sorry" for comparing photo shoots to rape during an interview with Vanity Fair magazine.

In the November issue of the magazine, the Pirates of the Caribbean star says he doesn't enjoy taking part in photo shoots because "[y]ou just feel like you're being raped somehow. Raped. The whole thing. It feels like a kind of weird...just weird, man...Whenever you have a photo shoot or something like that, it's like -- you just feel dumb. It's just so stupid."

Soon after the comment was reported online, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network raised concerns, telling E! News that "being photographed in no way compares to rape."

On Wednesday, RAINN provided ABC News Radio with Depp’s apology, in which he stated, "I am truly sorry for offending anyone in any way. I never meant to. It was a poor choice of words on my part in an effort to explain a feeling."

Depp continued, "I understand there is no comparison and I am very regretful. In an effort to correct my lack of judgment, please accept my heartfelt apology."

RAINN says it accepts Depp's apology.

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