The Word: Is Justin Bieber the next Lindsay Lohan?

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It hasn’t been a good month so far for Justin Bieber. Fresh off the heels of a breakup with Selena Gomez, the 19-year-old superstar has cancelled gigs (when he even arrives at all), threatened to “f—ing beat the f—” out of a paparazzo in London, mourned his pet hamster and been treated with oxygen at the hospital. Could a drug-fueled downward spiral a la Lindsay Lohan be far behind? Not if the Biebs has anything to say about it.
“Everyone in my team has been telling me ‘keep the press happy,’ but I’m tired of all the countless lies in the press right now,” the pop superstar wrote on Instagram. “Saying I’m going to rehab and how my family is disappointed in me. My family is beyond proud, and nothing’s been said by them. My grandparents wouldn’t know how to reach [the] press … If anyone believes I need rehab that’s their own stupidity LOL.”
He then took a jab at all the haters who want to compare him to the famous red-headed trainwreck, but deleted it quickly thereafter.
“…To those comparing me to Lindsay Lohan look at her 2012 tax statements ;)”
Justin, as a member of the press, I assure you that every time you blink, you keep us happy, because it’s news to somebody. And no need to shy away from the Lohan blows — we’re all with you on that one — but now that you mention it, I am curious about Lindsay’s 2012 tax statements. I’m guessing that you meant to say that you made a lot more money than her, but I’m interested in seeing if she writes her drug expenses off as charity, because she in a way kind of is giving to those in need — mainly, gossipmongers like myself on the hunt for daily content. So thanks, Lindsay, and keep up the good work!

World erupts into state of panic as Nicki Minaj is late to “Idol”
Nicki Minaj was nowhere to be seen as “American Idol” went to air Wednesday night. Indeed, the rapper was 13 minutes late to the judges’ table for Wednesday’s live show because she got stuck in traffic, per People.com. She even missed the first performance of the evening before quieting slipping inside in a black hoodie and dark shades.
This is the first time this has happened in “Idol” history, which, when you think about it, is pretty miraculous, considering wackadoodles like Paula Abdul and Steven Tyler, plus the divalicious Jennifer Lopez, have sat on the panel in years past. Ryan Seacrest must run a tight ship — who knows how Brian Dunkleman would have fared in a situation like this. You don’t remember the Dunks? Google him!

Oh, how the mighty have fallen
In other “Idol” news, Sanjaya Malakar, best remembered for that peacock-style mohawk he graced us with as a contestant in 2007, doesn’t seem to be doing so hot post-show. The still-aspiring singer was seen busking on the subway this week, according to In Touch Weekly. “He was singing ‘(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay,’” a witness told the magazine after spotting the 23-year-old in the First Avenue L station in Manhattan. “A handful of people did double takes,” the witness added. Apparently the show wasn’t all that bad, as the source told In Touch, “The guy’s still a decent singer!”
It’s great to see “Idol” castoffs keeping their hopes alive. Sanjaya, if you get tired of the subways, I bet the singing waiters at Johnny Rockets would give you a warm welcome into their fraternity.

DAILY GOSSIP: March 15, 2013

So are Miley and Liam done or what?
The breakup rumors about Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are reaching a fever pitch, with the New York Post claiming that the couple’s engagement is officially off. “Miley and Liam are done — it’s over,” a source tells the newspaper. “She likes to party really hard and can be pretty wild. It became a problem for him.” But Cyrus is reportedly still holding out hope of a reconciliation. “They do fight, but she is crazy about Liam,” another source says, adding that Cyrus “isn’t ready to accept it might be over for good.”

Gwynnie’s kids go hungry
Gwyneth Paltrow is discovering that getting her family on a new low-carb, gluten-free diet isn’t exactly a painless endeavor. “Sometimes when my family is not eating pasta, bread or processed grains like white rice, we’re left with that specific hunger that comes with avoiding carbs,” she says in her new cookbook. But the pain is worth it, she insists. “Every single nutritionist, doctor and health-conscious person I have ever come across … seems to concur that [gluten] is tough on the system and many of us are at best intolerant of it and at worst allergic to it,” she writes.

Kendrick a single lady
Anna Kendrick has reportedly ended her four-year relationship with her “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” director, Edgar Wright, according to Us Weekly. “She’s single,” a source says. “It was done a little while ago.” In her new life as a single gal, Kendrick has been ruminating about what life would be like on reality TV. “If I were a contestant on ‘the Bachelor,’ I’d just end up falling in love with the weird sound guy and making things uncomfortable for everyone,” she joked recently on Twitter. “To all the people joking about becoming sound guys, you should also know they put mics in actresses’ cleavage and packs on [their] inner thighs. Think about it.”

Say you’ll be…on the tube
Terrible London traffic has driven Spice Girl Geri Halliwell underground, as the singer ventured onto public transportation for the first time in nearly two decades this week. “Forgive me for being a brat,” she tweeted about the experience. “After 17 years and yesterday’s two hours of traffic, let’s save time and money — the tube!” Halliwell also posted photos of herself on the platform and train. Her final judgment on the experience? “Not so bad!”

Mirren’s pup in the doghouse
Helen Mirren has been having trouble with one of her canine co-stars in her new West End play, “the Audience,” leading to 7-year-old corgi Lizzy getting the axe, according to the Telegraph. The dog, who appeared as one of Queen Elizabeth’s pets in the play, failed to hit her cues on 16 separate occasions before producers decided to replace her. “She was excited the first three times,” director Stephen Daldry tells the newspaper. “And then I think she decided she didn’t want to be an actress anymore. She decided to retire from the British stage.”

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DAILY TWITTER UPDATE: March 15, 2013

Checking in with some of Hollywood’s biggest names to see what they’ve been up to — in their own words, in 140 characters or fewer.

Today, Jason Alexander is excited about the new Pope, Adam Scott is blowing your mind, Judd Apatow is having trouble with technology and Garry Shandling sees a brighter future.

@IJasonAlexander
Ok, not trying to be cute, but the new Pope — he looks like my Uncle Abe — a Jew! So, Mazel Tov, Pope.

@mradamscott
Ralph Macchio is now the same age Pat Morita was when they shot The Karate Kid. Goodnight!

@JuddApatow
Screw you Apple iTunes updates! I don’t trust you. Update someone else.

@GarryShandling
Don’t worry – by the time I die technology will be so advanced you’ll still be able to tweet me. And follow.



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