It’s been a while since there was a celebrity nude photo leak, so some industrious and not-at-all-creepy hackers got together to unleash one doozy of a Labor Day Weekend photo dump, posting images allegedly of more than 100 stars including Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, Ariana Grande and America’s kid sister, Jennifer Lawrence. The images, reportedly culled from iCloud accounts, were initially posted to that bastion of online decency, 4Chan, before going wide on Twitter. Lawrence, for her part, isn’t taking this lying down. “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence,” her publicist says in a statement.
Some of the hacking victims, like Grande, singer Victoria Justice and Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney, were quick to dismiss the risque images as fakes, but others confirmed their legitimacy. “To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves,” Mary Elizabeth Winstead tweeted. “Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked.”
If nothing else, it’s a poignant lesson in how hard it is to really, truly delete something online, especially from a cloud-connected phone. The Internet, after all, is forever. My own tactic for keeping safe is simple: Just don’t be someone people would be interested in seeing naked. But I guess that’s not very good advice for these ladies.
Brad and Angelina serious about privacy during honeymoon
Following their surprise nuptials, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have taken their brood to Gozo, a small island near Malta, for a working honeymoon to film scenes for their new film, “By the Sea,” while they celebrate their union — and no one else is invited. “A lot of people have agreed to leave the island so they can have privacy to film the movie,” a source tells Page Six, adding that the couple has already paid as much as $200,000 to local business owners to convince them to take a little vacation of their own.
Britney Spears talking to questionable ex
In the wake of her split last week from boyfriend David Lucado, Britney Spears is reportedly reaching out to some questionable old contacts. Sources tell Radar Online that despite intense supervision from her father, Spears has been secretly texting controversial ex-boyfriend Adnan Ghalib. Spears and Ghalib dated in 2008 before she was placed under a conservatorship. In 2009, her minders obtained a three-year restraining order against Ghalib. “[Her dad] monitors Britney’s cell phone, but she found a way to secretly text Adnan,” a source says. “They never really stopped talking.”
Taylor Swift heading for TV
Taylor Swift has signed on to mentor contestants for the upcoming seventh season of “the Voice,” debuting later this month, according to Us Weekly. Swift will offer her expert advice to singers on each of the four judge’s teams, similar to the role Chris Martin played last season. Other previously announced guest mentors for the new season include Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and Gavin Rossdale, who just happens to be married to judge Gwen Stefani.
Piece of Princess Di’s wedding cake goes at auction
There are cheaper ways to get your hands on some dessert. A slice of cake from Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ 1981 wedding was auctioned off to a member of a “passionate group of royal cake collectors” last week, according to the Independent. The winning bid? A mere $1,375. For a 33-year-old piece of cake. Slices from Prince William’s 2011 wedding are also starting to hit the auction block, though you’d think they’d be worth more the fresher they are.
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