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NeNe Leakes Says Black People Are Acting Like Crabs in a Barrel Over Her Ebony Cover

The black community might have 99 problems, but “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes refuses to be one.

After the reality star diva landed the cover of the December issue of Ebony magazine, which featured the 45-year-old Georgian sipping on champagne in a tub of diamonds, reaction to the magazine’s decision to promote “reality trash,” if you will, was very strong.

Karu F. Daniels of The Daily Beast caught up with the mouthy diva herself to get her response to the criticisms lobbed at her by her fellow black Americans.

In the interview, she reasserted her spotlight by the magazine pointing out that her come-up story is unique for people like her in the reality TV field. She also threw her “friend” Kim Kardashian under the bus as she attempted to prop herself up.

“It’s true and I know you’ve heard it a million times, [African Americans] just don’t support one another,” she says. “But it’s OK for you to go pick up a magazine cover with Kim Kardashian. She’s my girl. We are cool. We talk. We do drinks and all of that. But her story ain’t no different than mine. You know what I mean? I might’ve worked at the strip club, but she made a sex tape.”

Oh, girl. We know what you were trying to say … but damn! That was shady as all hell to say about someone you call your “friend.” You know Kim ain’t tryna relive those sex tape days.

But does NeNe have a point about black folks hating on her rise and fame? Or is the moose of Atlanta just drunk off of power and letting a few cameo appearances in her gal pal Ryan Murphy‘s shows go to her head?

Chris Brown Covers XXL Magazine: “I Try To Promote Positivity and Love”

Chris Brown is featured on the cover of the latest issue of XXL magazine — on stands today — and inside, the singer talks about his temper, the Drake fight, and ironically, how he only uses his Twitter for marketing purposes and not engaging in strongly worded fights with white women.

Brown also talks about how he uses his artwork and music to “try to promote positivity and love,” which, we have to admit is pretty funny, considering how he told that lady to take her teeth out when she sucks his dick, among other unforgettable phrases from his impeccable locution.

On his temper:

“In the beginning, I used to be hot. I’m normal. I’m human, so if anybody says something that’s a lie, I’m numb to it. I’ve smartened up.

On his fight with Drake:

“A lot of people wanna know about the whole situation with me, Drake and Meek Mill. At the end of the day, I’m me, they’re them. They rap, I sing. Totally different caliber. I rap, I play around on mixtapes. But our words don’t collide as much as you’d think.”

On his ‘growth’ and ‘maturity’:

“I haven’t been as mature and thought out in the past, so, me growing now, it’s showing my progression. I used to use my Twitter account to vent, but now I mostly use it for marketing and promotions. Even if the media asks me something, if it’s cool then it’s, ‘What’s up?’ But if it’s anything that’s too negative, I don’t care to respond.

On his love life:

“One thing people often want me to talk about is my public love life. When it comes to my love life, the perception seems as though I am a player. But that’s not true. Love is something I am still learning. It’s just an obstacle that I haven’t yet mastered. I think that’s my biggest hurdle in life.”

On his music and artwork:

“I use music or painting as my outlet to get through the confusion. I try to promote positivity and love.

If only Chris Brown applied the bolded portions to his every day thought patterns.

Chris Brown covers December 2013/January 2013 XXL Magazine
Chris Brown for December 2013/January 2013 XXL Magazine
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Rita Ora Explains Why She Dumped Rob Kardashian: “I Was Never There … I Was Like A Ghost”

Rita Ora covers the the January 2013 issue of Glamour UK magazine, and inside, the British singer opens up about her side of the story regarding her break-up with Rob Kardashian.

Without specifically mentioning her name, Rob blasted Rita on Twitter earlier this week in a series of angry tweets claiming that she slept with “nearly 20 dudes” while they were together, which he says was the root of their split.

But in her interview with Glamour, which coincidentally was released this week also, Rita basically says that they broke up over time and distance.

“I’m not going out with Rob. We were close for a while, but it didn’t work because I was never there….I was like a ghost. I used to get so frustrated with myself and then wonder why I was angry, so I decided it was best to keep it friendly – especially at the moment, when there’s so much going on.”

Which doesn’t really mean that she didn’t cheat on Rob (what girl would admit to having sex with 20 dudes anyway?), but based on her quote alone, it sounds like they weren’t really together in the first place. Then there’s this quote where she admits to never being in love:

“In 22 years, there’s been nothing. I have had young fascinations but never love. I think it’s my only weakness. I’m scared of letting my guard down, and if I feel in love with someone now, he’d have to try ten times harder to break it down.”

Asked what she looks for in a man, Rita replied:

“I only need three things from a guy – for him to make me laugh, tell me I’m beautiful once in a while, and be there for me.”

Guess Rob didn’t make the cut!

Rita Ora covers January 2013 Glamour UK Magazine
Rita Ora for January 2013 Glamour Magazine
Rita Ora for January 2013 Glamour Magazine
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Sexy Mama: Beyonce Scores A Touchdown On GQ Magazine Cover Ahead of Super Bowl Performance

If you have been on the Internet at all within the past 24 hours, you know that Beyonce is featured on the cover of GQ magazine’s next issue celebrating the “100 Sexiest Women of the 21st Century.”

The cover leaked online Tuesday night ahead of its official release, and GQ decided to go on ahead and release the full version today.

Looking absolutely stunning as ever, Beyonce — dressed in red animal print panties and a cut-off t-shirt that shows off a little underboob — effortlessly holds down the prestigious title of Sexiest Woman of the Century, just one year after giving birth to her daughter Blue Ivy.

GQ claims to have “better (and hotter)” pictures they’re holding until next Tuesday when the full interview and spread is released, so we’ll be on the lookout for those.

And if for some strange reason you’re already tired of hearing about Beyonce, then you might want to log out of life for the rest of this year, because as we’ve said before, 2013 will be the year of Beyonce.

In addition to her new GQ cover, Beyonce also has an upcoming Vogue cover, her HBO documentary, a new single, AND the Super Bowl next month. Oh, and she was also recently invited to sing the National Anthem at President Obama’s second inauguration.

Beyonce’s already owning 2013 and we’re only 9 days in!

Beyonce’s Sexy GQ Photoshoot + Some Things You Need To Know About Beyonce

Beyonce almost shut the internet down earlier this week when her GQ magazine cover showing off her supreme sexiness (and a little underboob) was unveiled, and now you can finally gawk at the rest of the photos from the spread, and read up on some things you need to know about Beyonce. Because you can never know too much about Beyonce.

Beyonce is Beyonce’s own biggest critic, and expects Beyonce’s team to be as perfect as Beyonce is:

When she’s on tour, every night she heads back to her hotel room with a DVD of the show she’s just performed. Before going to sleep, she watches that show, critiquing herself, her dancers, her cameramen. The next morning, everyone receives pages of notes.

“One of the reasons I connect to the Super Bowl is that I approach my shows like an athlete,” she says now. “You know how they sit down and watch whoever they’re going to play and study themselves? That’s how I treat this. I watch my performances, and I wish I could just enjoy them, but I see the light that was late. I see, ‘Oh God, that hair did not work.’ Or ‘I should never do that again.’ I try to perfect myself. I want to grow, and I’m always eager for new information.”

When Beyonce is on stage performing, Beyonce’s brain literally shuts off:

She loves being onstage, she says, because it is the one time her inner critic goes silent. “I love my job, but it’s more than that: I need it,” she says. “Because before I gave birth, it was the only time in my life, all throughout my life, that I was lost.” She means this in a good way: When her brain turns off, it is, frankly, a relief. After drilling herself, repeating every move so many times, locking them in, she can then afford not to think. “It’s like a blackout. When I’m onstage, I don’t know what the crap happens. I am gone.”

“Back in the day,” Beyonce used to threaten to beat up boys for bothering Beyonce’s sister Solange, whom Beyonce was very protective of:

Solange recalls how Beyoncé defended her when they were teens. “I can’t tell you how many times in junior high school, how many boys and girls can say Beyoncé came and threatened to put some hands on them if they bothered me,” Solange says with a laugh.

Beyonce is a bit of a feminist:

“You know, equality is a myth, and for some reason, everyone accepts the fact that women don’t make as much money as men do. I don’t understand that. Why do we have to take a backseat?” she says in her [HBO documentary], which begins with her 2011 decision to sever her business relationship with her father. “I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what’s sexy. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous.”

Beyonce has to constantly remind Beyonce that Beyonce deserves everything Beyonce’s achieved thus far:

“I worked so hard during my childhood to meet this goal: By the time I was 30 years old, I could do what I want,” she says. “I’ve reached that. I feel very fortunate to be in that position. But I’ve sacrificed a lot of things, and I’ve worked harder than probably anyone I know, at least in the music industry. So I just have to remind myself that I deserve it.”

And reminding Beyonce of Beyonce’s accomplishments isn’t too hard. In Beyonce’s conference room Beyonce’s her “sleek office suite in midtown Manhattan” sits Beyonce’s “sixteen Grammys, each wall-mounted in its own Plexiglas box.” Down the hall:

…is another long, narrow room that contains the official Beyoncé archive, a temperature-controlled digital-storage facility that contains virtually every existing photograph of her, starting with the very first frames taken of Destiny’s Child, the ’90s girl group she once fronted; every interview she’s ever done; every video of every show she’s ever performed; every diary entry she’s ever recorded while looking into the unblinking eye of her laptop.

The room, which she calls her “crazy archive,” is also home to thousands of hours of private video footage, compiled by a “visual director” who has shot practically her every waking moment, up to sixteen hours a day, since 2005.

And this room—she calls it her “crazy archive”—is a key part of that, she will explain, so, “you know, I can always say, ‘I want that interview I did for GQ,’ and we can find it.” And indeed, she will be able to find it, because the room in which you are sitting is rigged with a camera and microphone that is capturing not just her every utterance but yours as well. These are the ground rules: Before you get to see Beyoncé, you must first agree to live forever in her archive, too.

Also:

“I now know that, yes, I am powerful,” she says. “I’m more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand.”

And now for the sexy photoshoot:

Beyonce: GQ Magazine February 2013
Beyonce: GQ Magazine February 2013
Beyonce: GQ Magazine February 2013
Beyonce: GQ Magazine February 2013
Beyonce: GQ Magazine February 2013

You’re welcome.

[GQ]

Rihanna Flaunts Her Sexy Body On 7 Different Complex Magazine Covers; Still Dodging Chris Brown Questions

Rihanna is so hot that she’s not just featured on one, two, three or four Complex magazine covers … but SEVEN of them!

 

In honor of the release of her seventh studio album ‘Unapologetic,’ Rihanna shows off her sexy body on seven different covers for the February/March 2013 issue of Complex.

Inside, she not only continues to show off that hod bod of hers in more photoshoot pics, but also opens up about her penchant for taking self portraits and posting them to Instagram. But she’s still not talking about her relationship with Chris Brown, which she maintains is “Nobody’s Business” — just like their song.

Check out a few excerpts from the interview below, and the photoshoot right after!

Rihanna on loving to take self portraits for Instagram:

“It’s narcissistic, but whatever—everyone does it,” she says. “I’m capturing personality… Everybody has their thing they like or don’t like to see. It’s all in your head. That’s why people take their own pictures, because it’s difficult for someone else to capture what you seek.”

She also gives a little advice about taking the best portraits of yourself:

“Get a good light. Get a good angle on what’s working for you that day. If it’s boobs, make sure you hit that. If it’s face, make sure it’s fierce.”

And talks about the public’s opinion of her relationship with Chris Brown:

“People take the little bit of information they’re fed, and they draw a picture of who you are,” she says. “Most of the time it’s wrong.”

Also, on having not a single fuck to give while making her ‘Unapologetic’ album:

“When I was making this record I had no intention except the truth,” she says. “So whatever is there is real. It’s raw. That’s why the album is called Unapologetic.”

“I held back before. I didn’t show a lot of myself. I was very guarded,” she says. “I needed to be open and free and fearless. Basically say, ‘Fuck it.’ What’s the worst that can happen? They’ll hate me? They’ve done that before.”

On why “Diamonds” is her favorite song since “Umbrella”:

“It was so inspiring and uplifting,” she says. “It was giving me hope, that song. I was tired of angry love songs. Love doesn’t always have to be about breakups, and ‘We’re never going to be together again.’ It could be sweet. It could be, ‘Hell yeah! We’re diamonds!’”

Rihanna’s manager Ty Ty on how Chris Brown ended up on “Nobody’s Business” and why their team had no second thoughts about it:

“We don’t focus on the media, so it was never a question,” he says. “It’s all about the music. Everything else doesn’t even play a part in the studio.”

He insists that the record wasn’t made with Brown in mind. “The-Dream didn’t write it for them as a duet. Jay-Z and I were in the car together listening to the song, and we thought it would be a great duet. It sounds dope. It feels good. That’s how Chris ended up on the song.”

And last, but certainly not least, was this, at the end of the interview:

Before leaving the restaurant for the airport, Rihanna addresses one last question. It’s the biggest question surrounding the song: If her relationship with Brown is truly nobody’s business, then why make a record about it?

Her voice, usually warm and cut with chuckles, turns cold. “Pardon me?” she replies, her eyebrow slightly raised. Even after the question is repeated, she hesitates to answer. The hands that moved up and down throughout the conversation, suddenly fall flat.

“It’s the truth. Remember?” she says, turning toward the other side of the table to gather her belongings. As she gets up to leave, she adds: “It’s a fun record that The-Dream wrote and we loved the lyrics. You’re still asking me questions about it so clearly you don’t know.”

Rihanna covers February/March 2013 Complex Magazine
Rihanna covers February/March 2013 Complex Magazine
Rihanna covers February/March 2013 Complex Magazine
Rihanna covers February/March 2013 Complex Magazine
Rihanna covers February/March 2013 Complex Magazine
Rihanna covers February/March 2013 Complex Magazine
Rihanna covers February/March 2013 Complex Magazine
Rihanna: February/March 2013 Complex Magazine
Rihanna: February/March 2013 Complex Magazine
Rihanna: February/March 2013 Complex Magazine
Rihanna: February/March 2013 Complex Magazine
Rihanna: February/March 2013 Complex Magazine

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Rihanna Covers Rolling Stone, Admits Reuniting with Chris Brown Could Be A Mistake

Do you believe a leopard can change its spots? If not, well, too bad. Because Rihanna does.

The foul-mouthed, rebellious Barbadian-born pop star is finally speaking out in detail and without excuses about her decision to reunite with her convicted abuser Chris Brown in her cover story for the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine.

While she still resents people’s judgement of their relationship, she argues that even if getting back with Chris is a mistake, it’s a mistake she is entitled to make.

“I decided it was more important for me to be happy,” Rihanna says in the new issue of Rolling Stone, out Friday, February 1. “I wasn’t going to let anybody’s opinion get in the way of that. Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I’d rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it.”

Girl, if you say so. After all, it’s your face on the line.

But somehow, for some reason, Rihanna believes that things will be really, truly, different this time.

“He doesn’t have the luxury of fucking up again,” she says. “That’s just not an option. I can’t say that nothing else will ever go wrong. But I’m pretty solid in the knowing that he’s disgusted by that. And I wouldn’t have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility.”

Rihanna added, “He made a mistake, and he’s paid his dues … He’s paid so much. And I know that’s not a place he would ever want to go back to. And sometimes people need support and encouragement, instead of ridicule and criticism and bashing.”

Yeah. This is pretty much textbook garbage from the domestic-abuse-victim-with-low-self-esteem playbook.

Either Rihanna believes she doesn’t deserve better than Chris, or she somehow believes she can will Chris Brown into good behavior. She can look at Whitney Houston’s failed marriage to Bobby Brown to see how trying to tame a bad boy turns out.

[Rolling Stone]

T.I. Covers The Source Magazine, Gives His Thoughts On “Gangsta Rap”

The February/ March issue of “The Source” magazine features Clifford “T.I ” Harris on the cover fresh after the release of his sixth studio album ‘Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head.’

Inside the issue, T.I., who many now know as a family man thanks to his reality show on VH1, discussed another side of his personality.

That’s right, T.I discussed his thoughts on the state of gangsta rap and how it influenced him throughout the recording process of ‘Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head.’

T.I explained, ”I felt like my genre was dying, you know? If not dying, extremely injured, in critical condition like a m’f**ka.” He continued, ”It just made me anxious to get out and do something to re-energize the soul of what we grew up listening to.”

Sure, it’s easy to point out the irony of T.I. wanting to go back to his gangster roots after multiple prison stints, but we get the idea that Tip sees the bigger picture, beyond just living what he raps about.

T.I. also chimed in on his future in Hollywood with his upcoming role in the film “Identity Thief.” He seems eager to embrace roles outside of his comfort zone in order to demonstrate his growth as an actor.

T.I. elaborated, “It’s my first comedy so I’m looking forward to seeing that. I just want to keep my tools sharp…. Different people see T.I. in different ways. As long as they ain’t giving me a rapper. That’s what I don’t want to do. Anything else, I’d pretty much be open minded within reason of course.”

With an abundance of rappers pretty much playing themselves in films, it’s good to see T.I. has a legitimate interest in the craft and improving his skills.

Hopefully that ambition reflects in his on screen performances, and viewers can take a look for themselves when Identity Thief releases on February 8th.

Take a look at a bigger version of T.I.’s “Source” cover below:

Beyoncé Covers Vogue Magazine, Calls Blue Ivy “My Road Dog, My Homie, My Best Friend”

Continuing her takeover of the first few months of 2013, Beyoncé graces the cover of the March issue of Vogue magazine.

Before she was on the receiving end of a ton of backlash after lip-synching the National Anthem at President Obama’s second inauguration and made up for it with a phenomenal Super Bowl halftime show, Beyoncé sat down with Vogue writer Jason Gay and opened up about a number of personal topics.

What stood out the most in the interview was how candid she was about giving childbirth and the relationship she has with her 1-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, who she referred to as her “road dog, my homie, my best friend.”

Among many other things, Beyoncé also talks about wanting more children, how firing her father back in 2011 affected her, her upcoming HBO Documentary (airing Saturday, February 14) — which she was was therapeutic for her, and how she and her husband Jay-Z truly understand each other.

“Just knowing someone’s always going to be honest and tell the truth,” she says of Jay-Z, “[who] can understand exactly what I’m going through — and I can understand exactly what he’s going through.”

Beyoncé’s Vogue feature also includes a sexy photo spread in which the singer models designer outfits from Oscar de la Renta, Alexander McQueen and Haider Ackermann.

Check out a few excerpts and the photo shoot below.

Beyoncé on her new album and returning to the spotlight:

“I’m still completely nervous,” she says. “I still feel pressure.”

“I’m going to be tweaking,” she says, smiling. “I still have things to figure out.”

Beyoncé recorded much of her upcoming album (which she compares to a blend of her last album, 4, and 2008’s I Am . . . Sasha Fierce) this past summer in New York’s Hamptons, where collaborators included Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, and The-Dream, and the vibe was beachy and relaxed. “We had dinners with the producers every day, like a family,” she says. “It was like a camp. Weekends off. You could go and jump in the pool and ride bikes … the ocean and grass and sunshine… It was really a safe place.”

Beyoncé on her relationship with her daughter Blue Ivy, giving birth and motherhood:

“She’s my road dog,” Beyoncé says. “She’s my homie, my best friend.”

“I felt very maternal around eight months,” she remembers. “And I thought I couldn’t become any more until I saw the baby. . . . But it happened during my labor because I had a very strong connection with my child. I felt like when I was having contractions, I envisioned my child pushing through a very heavy door. And I imagined this tiny infant doing all the work, so I couldn’t think about my own pain. . . . We were talking. I know it sounds crazy, but I felt a communication.”

“My family and my closest people were there when I gave birth,” she says. “Everything that scared me just was not present in that room. So for me to really let go and really appreciate every contraction … it was the best day of my life.”

“I feel like I have something that has grounded me so much more,” she says. “Family has always been important. I’ve always had my mother and my father and my husband. But it’s just…” She pauses. “Life is so much more than… It’s not defined by any of this.”

“When I was younger, there were moments where I said, ‘I’m not going to have children,’ ” Beyoncé says. “And then moments when I wanted four. And now I definitely want another, but I don’t know when.”

What will happen will happen, she says. But there’s a sense that Beyoncé won’t let her life get relentless, that she will pull back now and again, not immerse herself in the way she once immersed herself.

“At some point it’s very important to me that my daughter is able to experience life and run through the sprinklers and have slumber parties and trust and live and do all the things that any child should be able to do,” she says.

Girl Scouts? Lemonade stands? School visits? Hello, Mr. and Mrs. Carter are here for their parent-teacher conference… “Absolutely,” she says. “School visits and lemonade stands and all that stuff. It’s very important for me.”

Kelly Rowland on Beyoncé’s wisdom and her work ethic:

Kelly Rowland, her longtime friend and Destiny’s Child collaborator, describes her as a perfectionist who will stay up until 4:00 a.m. the night before a concert, attending to issues as minor as a costume button. (“Her hand’s in everything,” Rowland says.)

“She’s wise beyond her years sometimes,” Rowland says. “I think that comes with her growing up in [her mother’s] hair salon. I also grew up in the salon. . . . We’d listen to other people’s conversations and learn a lot.”

Rowland says that Beyoncé has “always had that motherly instinct . . . ever since we were kids.” And there is a sense that with Blue, Beyoncé is slipping into a natural, comfortable role.

Beyoncé’s BFF Gwyneth Paltrow on how her now being a mother has changed a few things up:

Beyoncé’s close friend Gwyneth Paltrow relates a story of going to visit her in the recording studio and encountering mother with daughter.

“Blue was sleeping in her arms, across her body, and B was listening back to what she had been working on,” Paltrow says. “I thought, This is how you do it. You do what you love with who you love included.”

There’s one change in the musical life of Beyoncé, Paltrow notes. When Blue’s in the studio, they turn down the volume.

“When she is working onstage, she has more power than any woman I’ve ever seen,” says Paltrow. “She would never say it and has never said it, but I feel she knows with every fiber of her being that she is the best in the world at her job.”

About Beyoncé’s HBO Documentary and why she decided to do it:

“My story has never been told—no one really knows who I am,” she says. “This movie has healed me in so many ways. It makes me want to cry… I’m sorry,” she says, her eyes welling. “I’m very passionate about it, and it just feels good.”

Beyoncé, of course, lives her life before cameras—not just the unsolicited paparazzi ones, but her own videographers, who chronicle everything from mundane meetings with producers to family birthday parties. And so Life Is But a Dream unfurls less like a traditional documentary and more like a tastefully appointed home movie.

There are monologues featuring Beyoncé in her bed, without makeup, talking into her laptop. There are glimpses of private helicopters, jets, a balcony suite at the Ritz Paris. There’s cute footage of a bathing-suit-clad Beyoncé frolicking with her husband aboard a yacht and at a dinner in Croatia, where the pair perform a duet of Coldplay’s “Yellow.” While there is plenty of singing and dancing, Life Is But a Dream also visits moments of heartbreak.

One story line that shapes the film is Beyoncé’s difficult 2011 decision to split with her father, Mathew Knowles, as her business manager. At first she is desolate — “My soul has been tarnished,” she declares — but later, as she asserts her independence and confronts the petty squabbles of the business, she comes around to appreciating her father’s hand. “My father taught me so much about being a businesswoman,” she says. “And I’m understanding him a lot now… A lot of the crazy things he did were necessary.”

Beyoncé sets the record straight on those surrogacy rumors:

“That was very odd,” Beyoncé says now. “Who even thinks that? Like, who would make that up? You can’t take it too seriously.”

Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles, who calls the pregnancy rumors “the most ridiculous thing in the world,” admits she has a harder time letting gossip slide. “It’s tough as a mother because people say all this crazy stuff . . . and I want to say, ‘You should tell them’ sometimes. She’ll say, ‘Mom, I don’t owe them that. Let them say what they want to say.’ ”

“I have to calm her down,” Beyoncé says of her mother.

About how Beyoncé avoids reading comments on stories about her:

When she encounters a story about herself on the Internet, she reads only the story. She stops there. She doesn’t let herself scroll down into the comments sections, which have a tendency to become cruel, ad hominem free-for-alls. “Don’t scroll down!” Beyoncé advises, laughing. “You’re definitely going to get your feelings hurt.”

Beyoncé on how she’s earned the right to sometimes say no:

Beyoncé refers to the sacrifices she made when she was young, the thousands upon thousands of hours of spent practicing and performing and accruing success and goodwill. She believes she has earned some latitude, the ability to occasionally step away and let go. “I don’t feel like I have to please anyone,” she says. “I feel free. I feel like I’m an adult. I’m grown. I can do what I want. I can say what I want. I can retire if I want. That’s why I’ve worked hard.”

Beyonce on the cover of Vogue Magazine March 2013
Beyonce: Vogue Magazine March 2013
Beyonce: Vogue Magazine March 2013
Beyonce: Vogue Magazine March 2013
Beyonce: Vogue Magazine March 2013
Beyonce: Vogue Magazine March 2013
Beyonce: Vogue Magazine March 2013
Beyonce: Vogue Magazine March 2013

For more on Beyonce, click here for the full Vogue article. And be sure to catch her HBO documentary when it airs Saturday (Feb 16), along with her interview with Oprah on OWN.

[VOGUE]

Miley Cyrus Covers W Magazine Naked, Talks Hatred of Children & Love of Weed

Miley Cyrus bares it all as she goes COMPLETELY NUDE (with pillows covering her lady parts, of course) on the cover of the March 2014 issue of W Magazine.

Inside, the 21-year-old singer touches on a number of topics, including relationships, her hatred of mean kids, her love of weed, the role social media plays in the lives of celebs these days, and plenty more in a revealing interview with Ronan Farrow.

And the photos accompanying her interview are just as revealing, if not more!

Take a look at a few quotes and some of the pics from the photospread below:

On why she hates kids, because they are “mean”:

“I don’t love kids,” a tired Cyrus tells me the night before the concert, ashing a cigarette. [...] “I don’t love them because, I mean, I think I was around too many kids at one point—because I was around a lot of kids. They’re so fucking mean,” she continues.

“Sometimes I hear kids with their parents, and I want to go over and, like, smack them myself…Like if they meet me, they’ll be like, ‘Mom, don’t you know how to use an iPhone? Like, can you take the picture?’ I’m like, ‘Dude, if I ever talked to my mom like that when I was a kid, I would have had no phone, no computer, no TV, no anything.’ And so, yeah, kids are just mean.”

On living life as a celebrity in the age of social media:

“I think with, like, Instagram, Twitter, whatever, everyone is a paparazzi now. How scary is that? Like, you’re never safe.” Even ordinary people, Cyrus says, “just think they can, like, talk about you like they know you. Especially because I grew up in it, and like you grew up in it, too, there’s a sense of entitlement.”

On today’s fashion from her peers:

Cyrus insists that her provocative image is calculated. In part, she tells me, it’s a response to what she sees as a lack of authenticity in her peer group.

“I just don’t get what half the girls are wearing. Everyone to me seems like Vanna White. I’m trying to tell girls, like, ‘Fuck that. You don’t have to wear makeup. You don’t have to have long blonde hair and big titties. That’s not what it’s about. It’s, like, personal style.’

“I like that I’m associated with sexuality and the kind of punk-rock shit where we just don’t care. Like Madonna or Blondie or Joan Jett—Jett’s the one that I still get a little shaky around. She did what I did in such a crazier way. I mean, girls then weren’t supposed to wear leather pants and, like, fucking rock out. And she did.”

On people critiquing her “rebellion”:

When asked about the criticism, Cyrus simply says, “I don’t give a shit. I’m not Disney, where they have, like, an Asian girl, a black girl, and a white girl, to be politically correct, and, like, everyone has bright-colored T-shirts. You know, it’s like, I’m not making any kind of statement. Anyone that hates on you is always below you, because they’re just jealous of what you have.”

Cyrus seems to have developed a preternatural ability to tune things out. (“I have a hard time listening,” she concedes.) That goes for both criticism and other people. “I have a lot of people that I could call and hang out with, but I have very few friends, if that makes any sense,” she tells me. “Like, I just don’t tell a lot of people anything. Everyone’s always like, ‘You’re so sketch.’?”

On growing up on a farm, her parents and how they’ve always been there for her:

On a 500-acre farm in Franklin, Tennessee, she and her five siblings spent long summer days outdoors. “We never were inside, and we never wore shoes,” she recalls. “I think it’s why I like wearing no clothes so much and I’m always naked.”

Cyrus is close to her mother, Tish, who manages her career. “I never had, like, a nanny that took care of me,” Cyrus recounts. “My mom always fed me breakfast, lunch, and dinner.” But her parents also served as an example of what not to do, starting with trusting too easily.

“My dad, like, he’s the most trusting human in the world,” she says. “He trusts everybody, basically, until they fuck him over. And my mom, too, holds no grudges. She’s really like it’s the—you know, shame on—” Cyrus pauses, a rare occurrence. She furrows her brow. “What is it? ‘Shame on me’?…or whatever.”

“She’ll let someone, like, fuck her over twice, and then she’ll let it go, and then she kind of forgets about it. And I used to be like that. And now I just keep it in the back of my mind.”

On why she is choosing not to rush into a relationship after her split from (now former) fiance Liam Hemsworth:

[Miley] admits that her reluctance to trust has made dating fraught since she and the 24-year-old Australian actor Liam Hemsworth ended their one-year engagement last September.

“Guys watch too much porn,” she confides, absently prodding a bedazzled iPhone. “Those girls don’t exist. They’re not real girls. And that’s like us watching romance movies. That’s girl porn, because, like, those guys do not exist.”

The kind that do exist, she continues, “just try too hard with me, and it’s just like, ‘I don’t need you to impress me. I don’t want you to, like, take me to fancy restaurants.’ I hate sitting down for dinner!”

Cyrus’s tone begins to sound accusing, though I’ve taken her to no meals, seated or otherwise. “You don’t have to do that to me! You don’t have to take me on trips! I literally just want to chill here!”

On her love of weed and the legalization of marijuana:

“I love weed,” she tells me. “I just love getting stoned.” But she’s less interested in policy than in quality control. “I just want it to be back to where it’s, like, organic, good weed.”

“The news kind of gives me a little bit of anxiety,” she tells me. “So I’m less political.”

On her music and having nothing to prove to anyone:

“You know, I’ve made my money. If no one buys my album, cool. It’s fine. I’ve got a house, and I’ve got dogs that I love. I don’t need anything else,” she says. In her view, that’s a luxury that has carried the legends she most admires. “Maybe they succeed because they don’t have anything to prove. They’re just doing it because they love it. I hope I’m like Dolly—where I’m just still going at 75.”

For more from Miley’s revealing interview and photospread, head on over to W Magazine!