Madonna is apologizing for using the N-word to caption an Instagram photo of her son Rocco on Friday.
As i previously reported, the singer posted a picture of Rocco boxing and wrote, “No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out! #disn*gga.” On Saturday, Madonna issued a statement saying, “I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N-word on Instagram. It was not meant as a racial slur…I am not a racist.”
The “Material Girl” continued, “There’s no way to defend the use of the word. It was all about intention… It was used as a term of endearment toward my son who is white.”
“I appreciate that it’s a provocative word and I apologize if it gave people the wrong impression. Forgive me,” added the star.
Earlier this month, Madonna defended herself against an online backlash when she posted Instagram pictures of 13-year-old Rocco holding liquor bottles.
Kristen Stewart opened up about her new dog — but was somewhat less willing to explain her recent tattoos — while speaking
with MTV at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday.
The actress actually named her pet after her Camp X-Ray character, which she describes as “so embarrassing,” although she seems pretty smitten with the pup.
Stewart also discussed her intense Camp X-Ray role, which marks a major departure for her.
Selena Gomez talks about her friendships and feuds in an upcoming Seventeen cover story.
The performer says that despite Lorde’s apparent problem with her , she has respect for the teenage New Zealander’s talents.
Gomez says, “I recently did an interview and they asked me who I thought was up-and-coming and making a difference. I said, ‘She doesn’t like me, but Lorde.’ I’m going to support her whether she likes me or not because I think she’s doing great things.”
“I’ve never met her, but she’s extremely talented, and she has a voice that she likes to use, and I think that’s great,” explains the “Come & Get It” singer. “Some day I will see her and we’ll be cool.”
Of course, Gomez has strong friendships with other female superstars.
She tells Seventeen , “I love my girl friends more than I’ve loved any of my boyfriend because they have supported me, loved me, and always stood by my side. Some girls will drop you in five seconds for the right guy. That’s not how it’s supposed to be.”
“That’s why I love Demi [Lovato] and Taylor [Swift] — they support females and love to have that empowerment!” explains Gomez. “I wish girls would stop hurting each other.”
She credits Lovato with helping her learn to speak her mind.
“You can’t be afraid of what people are going to say, because you’re never going to make everyone happy,” says Gomez. “Girls are scared of saying what they want. So when you don’t like something, you have to say it. Demi taught me that.”
She continues, “Just saying it out loud is the first step to taking away the fear. It took me a long time to be able to say what I wanted — even with my parents. I tried to beat around the bush, but
I realized if I just said what I was thinking, I would feel so much better. It’s not easy, but there’s a way to do it.” So what led to Gomez’s big 2013? The star says the past year “is when I really started feeling powerful.”
She’d felt that she’d become “very stale with my music, and I realized that I was doing things for other people.”
“Then I turned 20, went through a really bad breakup, and realized I needed to pick up everything – I needed to have ‘Come & Get it’ be amazing,” says Gomez. “I wanted it all to be me. I was tired of feeling defeated. All this time, I was so pissed trying to figure out why I felt like such an underdog, and I finally realized I just wasn’t ready.”
She adds, “I’m glad it’s taken me this long to get where I am because now I’m ready for it.”
Drake opened his “SNL” monologue by talking about being both black and Jewish.
He recalled his bar mitzvah, and then had a flashback to the special occasion.
His relatives were, not surprisingly, stereotypes of Jews and blacks.
There was even a cameo by his black aunt, played by Sasheer Zamata in her “SNL” debut, saying “Mazel tov!”
Zamata is the first black female star on “Saturday Night Live” since Maya Rudolph left several years ago.
Later, Drake rapped about being black and Jewish, and celebrating Hanukkah and dating Rihanna -ka.
Juan Pablo Galavis is apologizing for saying gay and bisexual people should not be allowed on “The Bachelor.”
In a Facebook post on Saturday, the former soccer player writes, “I want to apologize to all the people I may have offended because of my comments on having a gay or bisexual Bachelor. The comment [s] [were] taken out of context.”
Galavis continues, “The word pervert was not what I meant to say and I am very sorry about it. Everyone knows English is my second language and my vocabulary is not as broad as it is in Spanish and, because of this, sometimes I use the wrong words to express myself.”
The reality star goes on to offer, “What I meant to say was that gay people are more affectionate and intense and for a segment of the TV audience this would be too racy to accept.”
“I’m sorry for how my words were taken. I would never disrespect anyone,” adds Galavis.
The 19-year-old pop star, who has reportedly ignored pleas from his minders to check into rehab, posted several photos of himself hanging out with pals on Instagram.
And it appeared treatment was the furthest thing from his mind this weekend as he enjoyed some fresh powder with photographer Ryan Butler, R&B singer Khalil Sharief and pal Josh Gudwin.
“Snowboarding with the fellas,” he captioned an image of himself sticking out his tongue.
“Great day,” he added in another image of the guys showing off their boards while sitting on a mountain top, the star’s hands in the air.
Another video showed the singer coming down the slope and laughing at the camera.
The images come just hours after reports Justin is drinking “sizzurp” with “alarming regularity”.
TMZ claims Justin’s team is concerned about the singer’s use of the drug mix, thought to have been linked to Lil Wayne’s hospitalisation last year.
“Multiple credible, connected sources tell us… Bieber has been using sizzurp regularly. It’s typically codeine and promethazine mixed with Sprite and a Jolly Rancher. Bieber and his crew refer to it as ‘lean.’ It’s a very dangerous narcotic that can trigger seizures, and even worse,” the website writes. TMZ also claims Justin is using marijuana and prescription pills including Xanax, as well as drinking alcohol.
“We’re told a number of people are very worried and have urged him to get help – including going to rehab,” the website claims.
A spokesperson for the singer has yet to issue comment.
The 20-year-old One Direction singer sparked controversy when he tweeted a message to the star of America’s Duck Dynasty, Willie Robertson, on Saturday.
In his message, Liam said he appreciated the “family values” of patriarch Phil Robertson, who was briefly suspended from the show after making homophobic comments to America”s GQ magazine.
“Huge love to you/your family huge respect for your business prosperities and the family values you still all behold. big fan,” Liam wrote (sic).
The message came weeks after Phil provoked outrage from gay rights activists after his divisive comments to GQ.
“Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers – they won”t inherit the kingdom of God. Don”t deceive yourself. It”s not right,” he said in part.
While Phil has since been welcomed back to the A&E series, critics were swift to slam Liam for appearing to make a show of support.
However, the singer posted another message shortly thereafter insisting his comment was misconstrued.
“Being a fan of someones show and the way they still hold a family together doesnt mean i am ok with all they say,” he tweeted (sic).
The singer”s remarks follow just days after he apologised for posting an image of himself balancing on the ledge of a 34-story building in London.
“You may have seen a photo of me today, taken on top of a building. I regret being there and having a photo taken of me,” he tweeted Tuesday. “I do not endorse any fans trying to repeat this as it is extremely dangerous. It was a stupid and irresponsible thing to do. I am sorry.”