Zayn Malik Opens Up In “The Fader” Magazine About Life After 1D

Looks like Zayn Malik is finally opening up about life after One Direction and after his break up with Perrie Edwards in the latest issue of The Fader magazine. This has been an interview I have been waiting for and I am not even a 1D fan so I can only imagine how excited all you Directioners are.

On why he quit: “I guess I just wanted to go home from the beginning. I was always thinking it. I just didn’t know when I was going to do it. Then by the time I decided to go, it just felt right on that day. I woke up on that morning, if I’m being completely honest with you, and was like, ‘I need to go home. I just need to be me now, because I’ve had enough.’ I was with my little cousin at the time—we were sat in the hotel room—and I was just, ‘Should I go home?’ And he was like, ‘If you want to go home, let’s go home.’ So we left.”

On if the cheating rumors contributed to his decision: “The two things never really coincided in my mind. Obviously, publicly, that’s the way it worked, because it worked well for the purpose. Them two stories looked good together side by side. Stories came out because we were in Thailand, and we were out and about. If we were out in Australia, if we were out in India, the same thing would have happened. It was just at a peak where the fame was intrusive and invasive. It wasn’t because of that that I left—that was just a contributing factor to everything. I’d already made my mind up before that.”

On if he broke up with Perrie over text: “If you could word it exactly this way, I’d be very appreciative. I have more respect for Perrie than to end anything over text message. I love her a lot, and I always will, and I would never end our relationship over four years like that. She knows that, I know that, and the public should know that as well. I don’t want to explain why or what I did, I just want the public to know I didn’t do that.”

After reading this whole thing I realized that I really don’t like Zayn Malik. One thing I can’t stand is when people ignore the thing that made them famous in the first place, or they trash talk it. For years Justin Timberlake tried to ignore the fact he was in a boyband, and I couldn’t stand it but now he has acknowledged it and moved past it. I can’t stand how Kristin Cavallari talks shit about ‘Laguna Beach’ and now I can’t stand Zayn. You made a ton of money off of One Direction, be thankful you got that opportunity.

Truthfully I don’t feel bad that Zayn didn’t feel like he could truly express himself. Cry me a damn river. You quit a band, broke a million teenage girls hearts, and now you are complaining. Get over it, move on, you are a solo artist now just like you wanted. The end.

I actually can’t wait to hear his first solo song, I am super curious.

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Miley Cyrus Asks People About Miley Cyrus

I love Miley Cyrus. I will put that out there, I think that she is hilarious. She actually has a killer voice too, I think that her and Demi have the best voices of all the younger female singers out there. Miley is just more wild than the rest of them, openly wild, that is the better way of putting it.

Last night she hit the streets for I Witness News, one of the best segments that Jimmy Kimmel has put together in my opinion. She went out there all dressed up with a killer Australian accent. I can only imagine that she picked that up while she was with Liam, but she went and asked people about Miley Cyrus. I truly wish that they got more people but I mean, you could recognize her, at least I thought that you could. She literally looks the exact same, I find it hard that only one person recognized her.

She took it like a champ though when people basically said that they hated her whole family and that she wasn’t raised right. All you have to do is be able to laugh at yourself and that is exactly what she did. I love it. You could see she died a little inside when the dad said that he liked Taylor Swift better though, whatever Miley haters gonna hate.

Can’t wait to see her host the VMAs, it is going to be magical!

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Taylor Swift Won’t Talk About Katy Perry!

Taylor’s response when asked about Katy in a recent interview:

“I’m not giving them anything to write about. I’m not walking up the street with boys, I’m not stumbling out of clubs drunk. But I’m never going to talk about her in my interview. It’s not going to happen.”

Did you read that, guys? That’s what class sounds like. That’s why Taylor is at the top of her game right now, and that’s why, again, she’s the absolute greatest. Oh, and also this:

“[In five years] I’ll probably still be single, let’s be honest. No one’s going to sign up for this and everything that goes with it. Like, ‘Hi, nice to meet you, want a date? Do you love camera flashes? I hope you do!’ I don’t know what’s going to happen if I’m ever content in a relationship – no idea how that’s going to work. I don’t even know if that’s possible with the life I have. ‘In five years’ time she’ll be so afraid of everything, she doesn’t leave her house. She’s just surrounded by cats. So many cats, they’ve divided themselves up into armies and she wanders around lint-rolling the couch that no one’s going to sit on because she’s afraid to have people over…'”

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So I guess let’s make one thing clear, don’t ask Taylor Swift about Katy Perry because she simply won’t answer your question. Good for her though. I love that she does throw a little shade talking about walking up the streets with boys. You know because Katy Perry has been linked to quite a few boys over the years.

Taylor has always been my girl and I like her answer, she doesn’t want to give people stuff to write about, anymore at least. When she was first getting popular, well super popular she was spotted with a bunch of different guys from Chord Overstreet to Jake Gyllenhaal. Really interesting how she stopped all of that nonsense though because she did get a bit of a bad rap for it.

I am glad that she is aware of her future though. Cat ladies for life!

Exclusive Interview With Five Times August

Brad Skistimas better known as Five Times August is an independent musician who has really set the bar for independent artists of his caliber. Not only is he a singer, he also writes all of his own music as well. From being featured on MTV hits like “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills” his music still resonates with many people across the world. His use of deep lyrics mixed with a perfect melody is just one of the main reasons why his music has become so popular over the past decade.

I was lucky enough to be able to ask him as a few questions about his career, song writing style, and his plans when it comes to maybe one day signing for a big label. It is very clear that what is most important to him is connecting with fans and producing quality music.

Make sure you follow him on Twitter @FiveTimesAugust and be sure to check out his newest album entitled ‘The Very Best of Five Times August’ available now on amazonMP3, Itunes, and Spotify! He has also been featured on Itunes for the cover song series where he performs ‘You Are So Beautiful’ originally performed by Joe Cocker. He is an artist that deserves your support.

Me: I guess the main question you are probably asked is why go with Five Times August rather than stick to  Brad Skistimas?

FTA: When I recorded my very first songs and collected them for an album I didn’t want to promote “Brad Skistimas.” I thought my last name would confuse people or they would forget how to spell the name later. I thought of the band name as an alternative, which came from my birthday August 5th.

Me: What inspired the name Five Times August?

FTA: So, because it was a one-man band kind of project I started playing with different names based on my birthday, keeping it personal. I had different titles written out like “The August Five” but ultimately went with Five Times August. I had written a song a long time ago called “Four Times November” and took that idea and reapplied it.

Me: A lot of your music was featured on MTV shows like Laguna Beach, The Real World, and The Hills, how did your relationship with them come about?

FTA: The music supervisor for Laguna Beach came across my music on the website and asked me to send in a copy of the Something Clever E.P. I had out at that time. He used the song “Better With You” for an episode which was a huge break for me. Once I had finished a full album I took a chance and submitted it for more licensing consideration. In the second season of Laguna Beach they ended up using four or five more songs which boosted the music’s exposure even more. Once I was sort of in the MTV database they used literally every song off the album “Fry Street” which was later rereleased as “The Independent.”

Me: Do you think that much of your fan base came from your exposure from those shows or did you have a significant fanbase before those shows?

FTA: I had been pushing a career in music seriously for about three years at that point and was doing okay locally. After the MTV exposure it really helped launch a national presence, especially online. It’s really commonplace for up and coming artists to network with their fans via youtube and twitter these days but it was a totally new thing back then and that’s what I was doing. This was when Myspace was new and giving artists an opportunity to really connect with their fans. My very first tour was very successful and lucrative and I don’t think it would have been as easy if it weren’t for the music getting that kind of audience and having a forum to communicate with them.

Me: Can you tell me a bit about your writing process? Do you have a specific place that you go to in order to write your music?

FTA: Well, it doesn’t matter where I write, I just have to be alone! I’ve been married for 7 years now and I still can’t write if my wife is around. It’s a very personal process for me. I used to sit in my room and write a song in about 3 hours and be done with it. Being married and having two little boys now, my process has spread out significantly. I write a piece of a song here and there and sometimes it can take me months to get a song finished. I actually kind of like that though because it gives the song so much time to meld and become what it needs to be. It’s become more like painting and working on the canvas a bit, letting it dry, and coming back to it for improvements until you have things just the way you want. There are still times, however, that I’ll just sit and write and it will flow quickly and those are also magic moments. Some of my favorite songs were written very quickly.

Me: How did it feel selling all your belongings and traveling across the country in an RV to connect with your fans?

FTA: It was scary but quite an adventure. It also taught me a lot about materialism. It was hard to sell things off at first but the more we sold the easier it got and then it was actually exciting. We sold most of our furniture and really went through a process of learning how to “leave it all behind” to pursue a dream. It became very liberating. We saw so much of the country and felt so free. I’m glad we did it.

Me: You are one of the first acts in history to be unsigned and have an album release in a big chain store like Best Buy, Walmart, just to name a few, what does that mean to you?

FTA: To me it means if you put your mind to a specific goal or purpose and keep at it you can accomplish anything. Getting the album in Walmart took us two years to do. A lot of Google searching and writing emails to try and find the right person until one day we got the email response we were hoping for. I was touring a ton at the time and every time we stopped by a Walmart or a Target store I would look at all the CDs and see what label different artists were on. I kept having a vision of my CD being in those stores without any label being involved and that really drove me. “How cool would that be? To know you got yourself here without any help from a label!?” Sure enough, it eventually happened! But, I had to really work at it. After Walmart took the album it became easier to get the other stores interested.

Me: What is your hope for future unsigned artists in the industry?

FTA: I hope the industry figures its self out and I hope a path clears for indie and unsigned artists to get a solid stream of income again. With streaming being “the thing” right now, there are so many great artists struggling, who actually have strong fanbases, who aren’t making enough from album sales and the royalties from online streaming via sites like Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube are not nearly enough for even the biggest artists to live off of. If that trend keeps up a lot of great artists will be out of work and unable to keep creating and grow their craft in music.

Me: Are there any songs that you are getting tired of playing?

FTA: I don’t really get tired of playing any particular song(s), but I do eventually feel like I’ve grown out of them. Some of my really early stuff I hardly ever perform in my sets anymore because I have much stronger material now. However, if someone requests a particular “oldie” it’s always exciting to see if I can get through it after forgetting about it for so long!

Me: What made you want to step away from Five Times August and pursue a more blues and jazz type of sound?

FTA: A lot of it was just the desire to try out something new, different and challenging. I love music from the 50s and 60s so I thought it would be fun to do something inspired by those eras with my own modern touch. It was a good project to focus on. It was nice to step away from the identity as “acoustic pop guy” and do something that wasn’t expected. I’m really proud of the music that came out of it and I think it’s some of my best work.  I actually have enough material to do another batch of tunes like that so hopefully I’ll get to do that again soon.

Me: How come never signed to a major label? Was there no opportunity or were you nervous they would try and conform your image to a certain image?

FTA: I talked with a ton of major labels between 2006 and 2007. I had spent the majority of my career working toward the “big label deal” but by the time I reached a point where I was talking with them the industry had changed so much and I had accomplished enough on my own that it didn’t seem completely necessary. I was and always have been interested in talking to record labels and still hope to one day find a home at one, but it has to be the right one. I’ve had friends who have signed and were essentially shelved for the entire duration of their contract, eventually celebrating getting dropped so they could create again. I’ve been well educated on what label life is like and although it’s much harder and time consuming to pursue things on my own I’m okay with it. There’s much more freedom and luckily we live in a time where an artist can make things happen on their own if they’re willing to work towards it and take advantage of technology. Who knows, maybe I’ll find a home on a label one day. I guess we’ll see!

Me:  Who are your musical influences?

FTA: I grew up listening to The Beatles, Billy Joel, and Michael Jackson. They have been in constant rotation my entire life. When I picked up a guitar and started writing my own songs I was heavily influences by John Mayer, Dave Matthews, and Jason Mraz. These days I love and listen to everything for inspiration, literally everything. My music library covers all kinds of genres from every decade since the 1920s. I get into phases where all I listen to for weeks on end is a certain thing. Right now it’s 80s and 90s pop R&B music with a lot of synthetic instrumentation. In contrast, I’ve had weeks where all I listen to are delta blues or bebop jazz from the 60s like Wes Montgomery. I love music so much and it all influences me in some way or another.

Me:  If you could have a collaboration with one artist living or dead who would it be?

FTA: Without hesitation it’d be Paul McCartney

I would just like to say thank you to Five Times August for being so willing to do an interview for Celebrities are Tragic and supporting the blog! Here is my all time favorite song by him, hope you all enjoy and make sure to check out more of his music!

Jennifer Lawrence Breaks Silence On Nude Photo Leak

Jennifer Lawrence recently did an interview with Vogue magazine and opened up a bit about the photos that were released only about a month ago. Of course I assumed that it would be swept under the rug and never spoken of again but I must admit that it is pretty nice that Jennifer opened to the magazine about it and really gave her true feelings. Nothing was held back and she did one thing that was impressive, she didn’t apologize. Truthfully there is no need for an apology for photos like that being leaked. They were being sent to her boyfriend of nearly four years and they were meant for only him.

Here are a few excerpts from her interview.

On the leak: “Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world. It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these Web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.”

On deciding if she should write an apology: “Every single thing that I tried to write made me cry or get angry. I started to write an apology, but I don’t have anything to say I’m sorry for. I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.”

On how she feels now: “Time does heal, you know. I’m not crying about it anymore. I can’t be angry anymore. I can’t have my happiness rest on these people being caught, because they might not be. I need to just find my own peace.”

On her message to tabloids who published her pictures: “You have a choice. You don’t have to be a person who spreads negativity and lies for a living. You can do something good. You can be good. Let’s just make that choice and—it feels better.”

This interview was just so refreshing, I give her so much credit for standing up for herself. Obviously this is a crime, this hacking was a true crime getting into people’s personal files and it doesn’t matter if she is a famous actress or not.

What Are Gwyneth Paltrow And Charlize Theron Thinking? Comparing Media To Rape And War?

Image“You come across (online posts) about yourself and about your friends, and it’s a very dehumanizing thing. It’s almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanizing thing, and then something is defined out of it,” Paltrow said.

“I don’t (Google myself) – that’s my saving grace,” Charlize Theron stated. “When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start feeling raped.”

There are some mega fans that are saying both of these quotes were taken out of content and you know what? They weren’t. Maybe Paltrow’s was but Theron’s was on tape, so go YouTube that you crazies!

Over the past week two Oscar winning actresses decided to compare fame to terrible things such a war and rape. What in the world possessed these two women to think that saying either is okay? Both of these actresses have said that they are humanitarians and want to change the world for the better. Well, look at you saying that having people Google you is like rape. Having people post nasty comments about you online is like a nasty bloody war? How dare they compare their privileged to others misfortunes.

Imagine being a victim of war, rape, or losing someone to either of those horrible things. Imagine hose those people must be feeling. Really Gwyneth Paltrow, reading harsh comments hurts your feelings? Well okay, that makes sense but to compare it to fighting for a country? You are insane.

Charlize if you don’t want to Google yourself, then don’t. It isn’t anything like rape, it is nothing like having something taken from you never to be given back.

Maybe they should publicly apologize about this, that would make sense right? It won’t happen. Celebrities have said things like this a million times. Like when Mark Wahlberg said he would have stopped the terrorist attacks if he had been one of those planes heading towards the World Trade Center. He didn’t apologize, he just said that the magazine took him the wrong way.

So go hide away in your millions of dollars with your privileged life acting as though what you said was simply taken out of line rather than an actual quote. Act as though you didn’t say anything wrong.

Shame on you two ladies who have such power in Hollywood deciding to compare your “rich people problems” with actual problems. Now go donate money to different charities to hide your mistakes which is exactly what will happen.

Zac Efron Reveals Favorite Place to Bang

I don’t really know if this is for Efron’s new movie ‘That Awkward Moment’ or if he is being for real about having sex on a kitchen table, but either way, I like it. The issue with these promotion videos is that I can literally never tell if they are supposed to be in character or not. I also don’t know if that is good or bad for the movie. I am just sitting here watching the video in a complete fog!

Can you imagine sex with Efron though? I feel like he takes it really slow, unless he is on a coke binge, but it is still really hot. Efron is obviously one of my number one guys in Hollywood. Miles Teller and Michael B Jordan are up there too so this movie is right up my alley.

Things I learned about this video though. There is a 90 percent chance we will never have a nude picture leaked from a sext by Efron, that is truly heartbreaking. Although he probably learned a thing or two when he was dating Vanessa Hudgens who had not one but TWO separate issues with nudes getting leaked.

Also Miles Teller is like a young Vince Vaughn, everything about it. The final thing is that Michael B. Jordan seems like a nice guy, which is the complete opposite of the character he played on Friday Night Lights.