Kelly Clarkson Says She Doesn’t Care if Her Kids Are Gay

Jill Greenberg/RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson doesn’t care if her kids are gay or straight — she just wants them to be happy. The singer, who has an 8-month-old daughter, River Rose, and two stepchildren from her husband’s previous marriage, tells PrideSource she doesn’t see sexual orientation as an issue.

“I just hope [River Rose] finds love,” she says. “It took me a while, man. And there was a lot of heartache throughout those years. You know, as long as she’s happy, I don’t care either way, and neither does my husband. And we have two other kids as well, and we don’t care either way for all of them.”

She adds that if one of her children did come out to her, she’d react with joy. “I’d be like, ‘Awesome! When do we meet him or her?’” she says. “Honestly, it’s so funny, it doesn’t even register in my world as different. I don’t know why. But yeah, it doesn’t. I’m glad it doesn’t!”

Kelly, who has a large lesbian following, dubbed the Kezbos, also describes the first time she went to a gay bar at age 22. “I went with some of my friends and a couple of my gay friends, and they were like, ‘You’re gonna love this! But you’re gonna need to wear a hat,’” she says. “They played ‘Since U Been Gone,’ and it was so funny because nobody knew I was there. I had a blast!”

Even with her gay following, Kelly says, she doesn’t think of herself as a gay icon. In fact, the 32-year-old says it’s hard to think of herself as an icon in general. She does admit she has a bond with the gay community, though.

“I have a connection, but I don’t look at it differently,” she says. “I don’t ever look at a fan as a gay fan or a lesbian fan or a straight fan — I don’t ever look at that,” she says. “Fans are fans, and no matter what our lives are like, no matter what path we’re on, music is the one thing that connects us.”

Kelly’s new album, Piece by Piece, arrives Tuesday.

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Taylor Swift Named Godmother to Pal Jamie King’s Second Child

ABC/Lou RoccoTaylor Swift is really cashing in on her BFF points. Two weeks ago, the singer announced she’d be serving as maid of honor at a friend’s wedding, and now another bestie has bestowed her with a different honor. Taylor announced on her Instagram Sunday night that she was just named the godmother to her pal Jamie King’s second yet-to-be-born baby.

Taylor posted a photo of herself sweetly touching Jamie’s baby bump, and wrote the accompanying caption, “Guess who just got named Godmother of this little one….. (ME).”

The Hart of Dixie actress posted her own Instagram photo of Taylor looking over her shoulder at her burgeoning belly. “And @taylorswift will forever be looking over our new baby…we all love you!!!!” Jamie wrote.

Taylor can consider herself in good company. Jamie and husband Kyle Newman’s first child, 16-month-old James Knight, has famous godparents, too: Jessica Alba and Topher Grace.


Guess who just got named Godmother of this little one….. (ME) @jaime_king @kyle_newman

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Mar 1, 2015 at 9:39pm PST


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Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & One Direction Among Winners of 2015 YouTube Music Awards

Dana Edelson/NBCYou clicked on their videos and made it happen. Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, One Direction and Beyonce are among the winners of the 2015 YouTube Music Awards. 

Sia, Charli XCX, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Hozier, and Meghan Trainor are also among the 50 acts being recognized for their unique YouTube contributions.

The winners were chosen based on the biggest growth views, subscribers and engagement over the last six months. Together, these artists were watched over 47 billion times.

In honor of the musical acts that proved their YouTube worth, the video-sharing website will be doing something it’s never done before. A collection of exclusive new music videos from nine of the winning artists, including Ed Sheeran and Charli XCX, will be released on the YouTube Music Awards channel March 23. The videos will debut simultaneously at 10 a.m. PT.

YouTube has enlisted VICE to produce the videos and some A-List video auteurs to direct. You’ll also have the chance to get in on the action: artists will take some lucky fans behind the scenes, and invite others to be a part of the videos.

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Hozier Releases “Someone New” Video Starring “Game of Thrones’” Natalie Dormer

Credit: Alex LakeHozier released a teaser for his new music video Friday. Now the full version is available on Vevo.

The video for the Irish singer’s new single, “Someone New,” stars Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer as a lonely woman who goes through life imagining intimate encounters with strangers. As Hozier sings on stage, “I fall in love just a little, oh, a little bit everyday with someone new,” Natalie’s character wistfully observes those around her.

In one scene, she makes out with a guy in the bathroom of a club, and in another she’s kissing a man on the subway. But it’s soon revealed that she’s only experiencing those encounters in her mind.

“Someone New” is Hozier’s follow-up to his Grammy-nominated hit, “Take Me to Church.”

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Kelly Clarkson: “I Don’t Have a Filter or a Fake Face”

RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson‘s music is emotional and passionate, and so is she.  She’s outspoken about everything, and wants all her songs to be just as honest as she is in real life.  As she tells Entertainment Weekly, “I don’t have a filter.  Or a fake face.”

Speaking about the fact that many of her songs are autobiographical, Kelly tells the publication, “I have to have experienced it…Basically, what I’m feeling comes through my eyes. And my mouth. And also, there’s nothing worse than seeing some singer sing a torturous love song and you can obviously tell they’ve never had their heart broken.  Worst. Thing. Ever.  It’s like, the bane of my existence.”

Now that Kelly’s a mom, she says, her music is even more emotional.  “There’s a certain level of vulnerability and passion that I never reached until now…she’s made me a better artist,” she says of daughter River Rose.  “Just having kids…a family…it’s almost like work now is a bonus instead of all that my life is. It makes it more passionate.”

However, Kelly admits that her daughter doesn’t seem to find the sound of her voice soothing.  While she says she sings to the baby “all the time,” she reveals, “You’d think singing to her would put her to bed. Nope. Even when she was a newborn, I’d try and sing to her, and she doesn’t go to sleep. She just stares at me.”

Of course, it’s not like Kelly is serenading River with “Since U Been Gone” or “My Life Would Suck Without You.” 

“I don’t sing my music,” she tells Entertainment Weekly.  “The only one I sing is ‘Heartbeat Song’ because she loves it. The chorus hits and she’s all smiles.  Other than that, I’ve sung Lana Del Rey to her, and Frank Sinatra...a lot of random stuff.”

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Taylor Swift on Katy Perry: “I’m Never Going to Talk About Her”

ABC/Fred LeeIf there really is tension between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, as has been rumored for months, Taylor isn’t going to address it with the media.

The “Blank Space” singer briefly touched upon her purported feud with Katy in an interview with Britain’s The Telegraph. The newspaper reports she was “smiling steelily” when she said, “I’m not giving them anything to write about.”

She continued, “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.”  

Speculation has it that Taylor’s song “Bad Blood” was written about Katy because she believes Katy tried to sabotage her tour by hiring her dancers away.

Taylor does admit to The Telegraph she has enemies in her life. She explained, “I have bad days when I don’t want to go to a photo shoot, but I’m not going to show up four hours late, I’m going to be there on time. I’m not nice all the time but I try not to be carelessly rude to people who don’t deserve it.”

But, she added, “When I’m with my friends, we don’t say glowing things about everybody.”

“We’re not sitting around going [adopts Stepford Wives-esque voice and posture], ‘You know who’s really special and wonderful?’ That’s not what we talk about — we’re normal girlfriends,” Taylor said.

Taylor isn’t expecting to find a man who’s special and wonderful anytime soon. When asked what her life will look like in five years, she answered, “I’ll be 30. 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,” she wondered.

“I don’t even know if that’s possible with the life I have.”

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Tom Cruise Not Prepping Sam Smith for a Movie Career

Image Group LA/ABCTom Cruise and Sam Smith are reportedly not teaming up to help the “Stay with Me” singer launch an acting career.

According to the website Gossip Cop, a story published in the Sunday edition of the U.K. tabloid Daily Star that claimed Smith had “caught the eye” of Cruise, who supposedly wanted to “groom him for a big-screen role,” is not true.

The tabloid quoted a “top executive” who has supposedly worked with the Mission: Impossible star as saying, “Tom’s offered to take Sam under his wing.” The newspaper quoted the exec as saying that Cruise was “intrigued to learn that Sam started off as an actor and he thinks he could be a natural for everything from action movies to musicals.”

Gossip Cop states the report is false and some of the website’s sources actually “laughed out loud” at the idea.

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Justin Bieber Celebrates 21st Birthday with Private Bash and Classic Car

Ben WattsJustin Bieber is officially legal. He reportedly celebrated his 21st birthday this past weekend by popping bottles of champagne with friends on a private island.

Sources close to the pop star tell TMZ he rented a Caribbean isle near Grenada for what was dubbed his “I’m Finally Legal” bash, and if a video obtained by the entertainment website is any indication, a wild time was had by all.  The singer’s actually birthday is March 1.

The Bieb posted pictures from the party on Shots, including one that shows him getting a kiss from model Yovanna Ventura, whom he’s rumored to have dated in the past.

Other sources tell TMZ that Bieber got an early birthday gift from a couple of friends on Thursday.  The insiders say the singer got a 1965 Lincoln Continental valued at $20,000. The completely restored classic car is just like the one in Entourage, one of Justin’s favorite shows.

Bieber took to Twitter over the weekend to mark his big day, writing several messages, including “Thanks for all the birthday love. Grateful for everything. Let’s be better this year. Thanks.”

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Echosmith’s Loving Their First-Ever Headlining Tour

Nicole Nodland/Warner Bros. RecordsThe California sibling band Echosmith broke out big last year with “Cool Kids,” and spent 2014 appearing at festivals and opening for other acts.  The group is now out on their first-ever headlining tour, and lead singer Sydney Sierota [suh ROE tuh] says finally being able to perform for their fans without any restrictions makes it easier for them to deal with the pressure of being the main attraction.

“Naturally, when you’re doing your first big headline tour, there is that excitement, but nervousness, to see how it goes and to see if people show up and simple things like that,” she tells ABC News Radio. “But it is taking a load off in a sense because you don’t have to worry about going overtime, and you can play as long as you want, you can do what you want…I don’t know, it’s just another level of excitement.”

So what kinds of things can the group do as headliners that they couldn’t do before?  “Literally taking my time is one thing, because I feel like I’m always rushing when we open up for other bands or playing at a festival,” Sydney explains. “This time, I can say whatever I want, I can talk as long as I want, and I won’t get in trouble for it.”

“But there’s things like, I don’t know, having confetti balls, for example.” she continues. “Or having somebody come up and sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to them….just random things that are, to us, like, ‘Yes! We get to do little things like that.’”

As the tour continues, Echosmith’s new single “Bright” is climbing the charts, but “Cool Kids” ended up getting a lot of exposure last week on two different TV shows.  A week ago, a contestant chose “Cool Kids” to audition with on The Voice — which Sydney says she wasn’t aware of until a relative clued her in.

“It’s so funny: my cousin watches all those shows so she’s the one who tells me,” she laughs. “She’s the one who sends me a video of everyone doing it. And it’s cool to think that people think that they can win something by playing our song. I mean, that’s a really good compliment.”

Then, on Friday, “Cool Kids,” was featured on Fox’s Glee. “I mean, I remember thinking, ‘Man, that would be really cool if Glee did our song, but yeah who knows, they probably won’t,’” she tells ABC News Radio. “But here they are, they already did it and it kind of surprised us!”

On Friday, Echosmith — which includes Sydney and her brothers Graham, Jamie and Noah — performed “Bright” on Live! with Kelly & Michael, and on Monday night, you can catch them doing the song again on Late Night with Seth Meyers.  Sydney says after spending most of 2014 on the road, she and her brothers feel more comfortable about making appearances like that.

“We’re definitely more confident as time goes on and playing TV shows, for example, aren’t as nerve-wracking as they used to be,” Sydney says. “I mean, a year ago we did our first one, and we’re like, ‘Man, I hope I do good. I don’t know if I will, and I hope I look okay,’ and all these things. And of course, you still think that while you’re doing any TV show, but, y’know, the nerves kind of go away a little more!” 

Echosmith’s tour wraps up April 7 in Jacksonville, Florida.  They’re currently nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite New Artist, and they’re also set to appear at the Rock in Rio Festival in Las Vegas on May 15.

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Lady Gaga Takes Polar Plunge in Icy Lake Michigan for Charity

Diane Pathieu/WLSAfter getting engaged, slaying the world with her Academy Awards performance, and landing a role in the next series of American Horror Story, what’s Lady Gaga’s next move?  Believe it or not, jumping into the icy waters of Chicago’s Lake Michigan.

ABC 7 Chicago reports that Gaga was one of several thousand people who all jumped into the lake Sunday morning for charity.  The event, called the 15th annual Polar Plunge, raises funds for the Special Olympics.  Actor Vince Vaughn, who grew up in Illinois, also participated.  As for Gaga’s connection to the Windy City, she spends a lot of time there because that’s where her fiance, Taylor Kinney, films his NBC series Chicago Fire.  In fact, she and Kinney took the plunge together: Kinney was bare-chested, while Gaga wore a Chicago Fire t-shirt.

Last year’s event, which featured Jimmy Fallon jumping into Lake Michigan in a suit and tie, raised more than a million bucks for the cause.

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