Taylor Swift is on the February cover of Vogue, looking chic in a series of Mario Testino photos.
Select quotes from the interview —
All of my favorite people – people I really trust – none of them were cool in their younger years. Because if you know how to be cool in middle school, maybe you shouldn’t have skills you shouldn’t. Maybe you know how to be conninving, like, naturally.
On her success:
This is what I’ve wanted to do my whole life. It never freaks me out. Never. Ever. But you know what does freak me out? When is the other shoe going to drop? I am so happy right now. So I am always living in fear. This can’t be real, right? This can’t really be my life.
On dating dealbreakers:
I can’t deal with someone who’s obsessed with privacy. People kind of care if there are two famous people dating. But no one cares that much. If you care about privacy to the point where we need to dig a tunnel under this restaurant so that we can leave? I can’t do that.
On people she admires:
Sometimes you see these people who are just so – God – so affected by all of it, where ambition has taken precedence over happiness. But when I meet people who really embody this serentity of knowing they have had an amazing life – James Taylor, Kris Kristofferson and Ethel Kennedy … they just seem to be effervescent.
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Ricky Gervais took on Justin Bieber’s recent paternity troubles:
“The only way that he could have impregnated a girl is if he borrowed one of Martha Stewart’s turkey basters.”
Christina Aguilera tells Marie Claire she is completely comfortable with her body.
In the new issue, which hits newsstands January 17, the “Voice” star also talked about raising her son with her ex-husband, Jordan Bratman.
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On her body: “I’ve been through my highs, I’ve been through my lows; I’ve been through the gamut of all things in this business. Being too thin. Being bigger. I’ve been criticized for being on both sides of the scale. It’s noise I block out automatically. I love my body. My boyfriend loooves my body. My son is healthy and happy, so that’s all that matters to me.”
On single motherhood: “It’s hard not having the consistency of a partnership on a daily basis. It’s a struggle. But I can’t single out my ex-husband [as the problem] because he’s a devoted father and great with my son. We always make sure that we put Max first. I have help from family and good people around me in support of my career. I couldn’t do what I do without a strong team behind me.”
Country singer and “The Voice” star Blake Shelton is on the February 2012 cover of Redbook magazine for their special “Hot Husbands” issue.
Shelton, whose wife is country singer Miranda Lambert, opened up about what makes him a good husband.
“Obviously, you’ve got to be a loyal person. I’m never going to listen to someone trash my wife. I think you have to be willing to take a bullet for somebody if you’re going to stand up there, take your vows, and be married to them for the rest of your life.”
Check out the highlights from the issue below and then pick up the new issue of Redbook, which hits newsstands on January 17.
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On being the lone country voice on a panel of pop stars:
I remember sitting in this room and everyone was talking and laughing. I felt a little like the black sheep. It wasn’t until [executive producer] Mark Burnett set up a dinner about three days into production, when it was just the four of us sitting down together, that we clicked. It forced us to move out of our comfort zones. All of a sudden I was having conversations with people I had only read about in tabloids, and they’re just normal people. And they know who I am, and that I [was] getting married to Miranda, and they know who she is. It was surreal.
On Miranda taming the ‘bad boy’ in Blake Shelton:
I think she has probably tamed me a bit. Or maybe it’s because I’m 35, and you start to calm down anyway. But I think a lot of it has to do with feeling settled and lucky to have ended up with the person I really wanted to be with. To me, that’s being tamed in the best possible way. You just say to yourself, “I’m done, I’m thrilled, I couldn’t be any happier.” I think—and I’m sure Miranda would agree—the idea of actually “taming” your partner is not our style. We accept and understand each other. Miranda would never want to tame me into being somebody I’m not, and I would never try to do that to her.
On a new ‘slick’ image:
I used to resist a lot of that, but I’m trying to open my mind more about it, and I’m getting better about meeting them somewhere in the middle. But I’m not giving up my boots or Wranglers. People have asked me to put on a pair of slacks, khakis, or dress pants, and it’s not going to happen.
Paul McCartney’s new album is called “Kisses on the Bottom.” No, really. Apparently it refers to the XOXOXO’s that people put on the bottom of letters that signify kisses and hugs (when people used to write letters, that is). We will take Sir Paul at his word because he is a Beatle and he wrote ‘Paperback Writer,’ which is genius. But maybe he should have run the new album title past his much younger wife, Nancy Shevell, seen here frolicking on their vacation near McCartney’s estate in Jamaica, for the all important “Does this sound alright dear?” test. Just sayin.
HOT SHOTS: Nancy Shevel McCartney Hits the Beach.
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UPDATE: The “bottom kisses” lyrics in question are apparently from a Fats Waller song. So McCartney did not write them. But he did make them the title of his ablum.
Christina Aguilera slammed those who say she’s put on too much weight.
Van Halen played the teeny tiny Cafe Wha? in NYC last night, and we were there. These grainy phone camera photos prove it!
Jennifer Hudson opens up to Good Housekeeping about her 80 pound weight loss and her family:
On her former size: “Early on, I remember one of the musical directors telling me that everything about me was too big,” she says. “My voice, my size, and my personality.” Defiant, Hudson asked her, “Isn’t that what being a star is? Stars are larger than life!”
On her son, David: “What’s funny is that he’s never known me overweight. If he sees a clip of the old Jennifer from Dreamgirls, he doesn’t know who it is.”
On cravings: “I’ll find a calm, peaceful moment, and I’ll sit back and eat my chocolate, which I make sure is really good quality, too,” she says. “Quality over quantity!”
On her fiance, David Otunga, and his Valentine’s Day rituals: “Let me tell you, this man goes bananas,” Hudson declares. “When I wake up that morning in February, I can’t see through the house because he’s got confetti and balloons everywhere, rose petals on the floor, and candles in every single room.”
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The new issue of Good Housekeeping hits newsstands January 10.
What happened to Clay Aiken’s face? The ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ contestant (the cast was announced yesterday) looks like a completely different person than the guy who came in second on ‘American Idol,’ and is barely recognizable from his couple-of-years-ago self.