Jennifer Lopez Says Ben Affleck Was Her “First Big Heartbreak”

Courtesy CelebraWhen Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were together, they practically invented the concept of one-named celebrity couples:  Bennifer, remember?  J-Lo is now revealing that when they called off their engagement, it was her “first big heartbreak.”

In an interview with Maria Shriver that will air on NBC’s Today on November 3 and November 4, Jennifer talks about how she didn’t give herself any alone time after the split, which was probably a mistake.

Shriver says, “Right away when you broke up with Ben Affleck, Marc Anthony was there like 2 days later,” to which Jennifer responds, “Right, you’re absolutely right.”

“It was probably my first big heartbreak,” she explains. “And to have one of my best friends, who I’d known for years, who I actually love and did have chemistry with, come into my life and say, ‘I’m here’….What you need to know is, nobody can save you or heal you. Only you can do that for you.”

Jennifer also tells Shriver that for many years, she felt she didn’t deserve love, which she says was a result of her upbringing. “It’s how you feel as a child, you know? Being a middle child and kind of being invisible sometimes,” she says.

That sense of invisibility, though, helped make Jennifer the success she is today. “So what did I do? I overachieved,” she explains.  “I was the one who ran track and I won medals every weekend. Or I was the one who would go on the show and steal the show. And that would give me confidence.”

“But there was a part of me that just wanted love, that felt like she wasn’t worthy of the love,” Jennifer adds.

Jennifer details all her relationships — in addition to Ben Affleck, she’s has three ex-husbands — in her new memoir, True Love.  As for her relationship status now, the star, who split with her boyfriend Casper Smart earlier this year, tells Shriver, “I’m open to love, but right now, I think it’s better to just be on my own for a minute and learn more about myself.

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Taylor Swift Collaborator Admits She Assumed Taylor Didn’t Write Her Music & Was “Puppeteered” by Old Men

ABC/Fred LeeIt takes a big man — or woman — to admit publicly that you’re wrong, but that’s just what British singer-songwriter Imogen Heap has done, in regards to her new friend Taylor Swift.

Imogen co-wrote the song “Clean” on Taylor Swift‘s new album 1989, and in a blog posting, she reveals that before she met her, she just assumed Taylor had no creative control over her own music or career. 

“I have to be honest here and say that I ever so slightly had not done my homework on Taylor Swift but had done what I HATE others do of me, which is to pre-judge a person based on assumptions,” reveals Imogen. “I had assumed Taylor didn’t write too much of her own music (as is the case with many young, extremely successful artists these days who sell a shed load of records), and was likely puppeteered by an aging gang of music executives.”

“How wrong was I?”  Imogen continues. “[She was] totally clued up from a very young age…hyper-driven, hard working and really talented and a genuine lovely soul, with a few more boy troubles than most, but you can’t get it all right all the time!”

Imogen goes on to document the time she spent with Taylor creating the song “Clean,” and reveals their collaborative process, step by step. They wrote and recorded the song in about a day. 

“I’ve been reading the odd report or tweet here and there that the reason the lyrics to ‘Clean’ are so good is because I wrote the song with her but FOR SURE they are all hers.  She deserves all the credit,”  Heap says.  She goes on to hope that Taylor will stop by for a cup of tea, and adds, “I look forward to news of a man who’s swept you off your feet.” 

It’s worth noting that Heap stands to make a “heap” of money in songwriting royalties from her contribution to 1989. 

Even if you’re not familiar with Heap’s work, you’ve definitely heard at least one of her songs, “Hide & Seek.”  That’s the one that Jason Derulo sampled in his #1 hit “Whatcha Say.”

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Mariah Carey to Perform All I Want for Christmas Is You Concerts in New York City in December

Heidi Gutman/NBCMariah Carey will soon be everywhere on the radio with her seasonal smash “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” but this year, she’ll also be celebrating the holidays with a series of Christmas shows at New York’s Beacon Theatre.

Billed as “A Night of Joy and Festivity,” the concerts will take place on December 15, 16, 18 and 20.  Mariah will be performing hits from her two holiday albums Merry Christmas and Merry Christmas II You.

In a statement on her website, Mariah says, “I can’t imagine being anywhere more special than live on stage, in my hometown, celebrating with my fans during the Christmas season, my most treasured time of the year. I can’t wait!”

Tickets go on sale November 10 at noon, via Ticketmaster.

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Ed Sheeran Is Austin Powers for Halloween

Credit: Ben WattsYeah, baby!  That’s what Ed Sheeran tweeted on Friday while linking to a photo of himself in his Halloween costume.  Yes, you guessed it: he was Austin Powers, the swingin’ sixties spy portrayed by Mike Myers onscreen.

Ed’s costume was spot on: he was wearing glasses with thick black frames, a crushed blue velvet jacket and a shirt with frills on the neck and sleeves. Since Austin Powers’ hair was sort of red anyway, the singer didn’t even have to wear a wig.

Unfortunately, Ed’s fans won’t be seeing him wearing the outfit onstage: he tweeted, “I should wear the costume for the gig but the frills get tangled up in my guitar.”

Yeah baby

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Lorde on “Hunger Games” Soundtrack: “It Felt It Would Be Cool for My Career”

Austin Hargrave for Billboard MagazineRather than simply contributing a track to the soundtrack of the new Hunger Games film, Lorde was put in charge of assembling the project.  The singer, who’ll turn 18 on November 7, says taking on such a big responsibility felt like something she needed to do at this stage of the game.

“I knew this was right for me as an artist and I felt it would be cool for my career,” Lorde tells Billboard for her new cover story.  “People that see me as having a couple of hits and performing on an awards show would see that, between records, I’d committed to a pretty serious body of work.”

In addition to her own songs, Lorde has tapped a diverse group of artists, such as Charli XCX, Tove Lo, Miguel, Chemical Brothers, Ariana Grande, and ’80s stars Grace Jones and Duran Duran‘s Simon LeBon to contribute to the soundtrack of Hunger Games — Mockingjay Part 1.  And then there’s Kanye West, whom she asked to remix her song “Yellow Flicker Beat.”  Lorde, who says Kanye is her “idol,” was terrified to cold-call him and invite him to join the project.

“I’m the worst person ever at talking to people I don’t know on the phone — I can’t even order pizza,” she tells Billboard. “I would put off calling him. I’d say, it’s 12:57, I’ll do it at 1.”  He agreed, of course, and the pair worked together at a studio in Malibu, California, but Lorde won’t reveal what went down between them because “he’s private.”

Lorde is a bit more open when talking about her good buddy Taylor Swift, who contributed two songs to the soundtrack of the first Hunger Games film.  “I tell her everything,” Lorde says of Taylor. “I’m drawn to people [not] for what you see of them [in the media], because that’s a really small part of who they are. There’s so much more to people who are in the public eye than what you see.”

The singer also has other celebrity friends, such as Ellie Goulding, which surprises Lorde.  “When I came into this business I was like, ‘I’m not going to make any friends. Let’s face it,’” she tells Billboard, but adds, “for the most part, people are really great.”

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Nicki Minaj Releases Trailer for “The Pinkprint”

ABC/Fred LeeNicki Minaj may have delayed the release of her upcoming album, The PinkPrint, but she’s keeping the momentum going by unveiling a trailer for the highly anticipated project.

The rapper took to her Instagram account to release two 15-second videos, which include footage from her recent music videos like “Lookin’ Ass,” “Pills N Potions” and “Anaconda.” In one clip, a man is getting being fingerprinted before the album’s title is displayed in a pink font.

As previously reported, Nicki’s third album will now arrive on Monday, December 15;  the set was previously slated for a November 24 release.

In the meantime, fans can purchase her new single “Only” featuring Chris Brown, Drake and Lil Wayne.

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Alicia Keys Reflects on Keep a Child Alive Foundation Journey

ABC/Lou RoccoAlicia Keys and her Keep a Child Alive Foundation celebrated the 11th annual Black Ball benefit concert in New York City Thursday night. Before heading inside the Hammerstein Ballroom, Keys reflected on the journey her organization has made in its efforts to raises money for children and families in Africa and India affected by HIV.

“It’s true, it has been such a journey,” she revealed on the red carpet. “When I first went to Africa it just changed my life and really what changed it was because I saw people just like me — my brothers, my sisters, my cousins — and like anybody, we are all dealing with how to live in this world and I remember being really inspired by them. To know that they had to watch their parents pass away because they didn’t have access to the medicine that we do, it really just changed my perspective. I said, ‘If that was me, I’d hope that somebody would be there for me and talk for me and raise awareness for me.

Alicia continued, “So now, it’s really about the youth and how much we drive the forward motion of where this pandemic is going to go and how its going to end. So I’m really proud of that, I’m proud of them, I’m proud of the journey and we’re going to keep on keeping on.”

The star-studded event included performances from Keys and Nas, who showcased a rendition of “If I Ruled the World,” while Diddy left his co-hosting duties to give a rousing showcase alongside the Queensbridge rapper of their 1999 hit, “Hate Me Now.” Guests were also treated to performances from rap rookie Angel Haze and David Byrne, former frontman for New Wave rock band Talking Heads.

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Taylor Swift Dresses as “Pegacorn” for Halloween

Credit: Sarah BarlowNot just any costume will do for Taylor Swift: she had to dress as a mythical creature for Halloween.

The singer Instagrammed a photo of herself standing in an elevator, wearing a white fuzzy top and pants with a tail, a set of wings and a headpiece with two ears and a long horn.  She captioned it, “Cause, darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a PEGACORN. #HappyHalloween!

A “pegacorn” is a cross between a winged horse — a Pegasus — and a unicorn.  In August, when she appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Taylor took part in the show’s recurring “EW!” sketch, playing a girl named Natalie who displayed a drawing she made of a pegacorn.

As for the caption of Taylor’s Instagram photo, that’s reworking of a line from her new song “Blank Space” — the real one is, “‘Cause, darling, I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.”

Cause, darling I'm a nightmare dressed like a PEGACORN. #HappyHalloween!

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

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Katy Perry’s Halloween Costume Was Flamin’ Hot

ABC/Randy HolmesKaty Perry fans know that the singer’s preferred snack food is Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.  In fact, she loves them so much, she dressed as one for Halloween.

Katy Instagrammed a photo of herself dressed as a giant, individual Flamin’ Hot Cheeto — her bright orange costume completely encased her body from her head to her knees, and her face peeked out through a hole.  If you weren’t sure what she was supposed to be, she made it easy by carrying a purse made from a Flamin’ Hot Cheetos bag.

MTV reports Katy sported the costume at a Halloween party given by actress Kate Hudson.

As for Katy’s penchant for the snack, she once said in an interview that after her breakup with her ex-husband Russell Brand, she was so numb that she was “like, just eating Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and drinking, and that’s it.”  And in her video for the #1 hit “Dark Horse,” she’s seen eating from a huge bowl of them, which is pretty odd, considering the video’s set in ancient Egypt.

Katy was very pleased with herself and her costume: she captioned her Instagram photo “IDFWU” and added  “*drops mic.*“  “IDFWU” is a reference to the new single by Ariana Grande’s boyfriend, rapper Big Sean, and by quoting it, Katy’s basically saying that she’s pretty much on another level when it comes to Halloween costumes.

IDFWU *drops mic*

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Gavin DeGraw Recalls Halloween Costume that Traumatized Him at Age Five

James Minchin III/RCA RecordsHe’s 37 years old, but Gavin DeGraw says he’s still haunted by the memories of a Halloween costume he was made to wear at the tender age of five.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had a really cool Halloween costume,” he tells ABC News Radio. “In kindergarten, my mother dressed me up as a sailor, and that was the early days of the button fly, before that was cool. And I remember hearing the ‘I see London, I see France’ song. I was five years old, and I’ll never forget that — so, no more sailor outfits for me.”

OK, so what’s Gavin, whose new best-of album is out now, going to dress up as this year? 

“I’m not sure what I’m going to be this year,” he says. “But I guarantee to you it will have a zipper fly, not a button fly.” 

As it happens, Gavin doesn’t have a concert on Halloween Night, so whatever he ends up going as will likely remain private.

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