TIME Music

Singer Bret Michaels Suffers Medical Emergency on Stage

Singer Bret Michaels performs at the "Sing For Your Supper Campaign" Launch at Hard Rock Cafe in New York, NY, on April 15, 2014. Anthony Behar—Sipa USA/AP

The former Poison front man and Type 1 diabetes sufferer rushed off stage as his blood sugar plummeted to dangerous levels. He apologized to fans

Singer Bret Michaels urgently ended a New Hampshire concert Thursday, after suffering a medical emergency.

The former Poison front man suffers from Type 1 diabetes, and rushed off the stage three songs into his set after his blood sugar plummeted to dangerously low levels.

When guitarist Pete Evick went to the band’s bus to check on Michaels, “he could barely speak, but begged me to apologize to the fans,” wrote Evick on Michaels’ Facebook page.

Michaels, who won the 2010 “Celebrity Apprentice” for raising money for the American Diabetes Association, also offered thanks to the paramedics who assisted him.

TIME feminism

Pharrell Says It’s ‘Not Possible’ For Him to Be a Feminist

Singer Pharrell Williams poses during the opening of the exhibition "GIRL" at the Galerie Perrotin in Paris
Singer Pharrell Williams poses during the opening of the exhibition "GIRL", with Pharrell Williams as its curator, at the Galerie Perrotin in Paris, May 26, 2014. Christian Hartmann—Reuters

The Grammy-winner defends "Blurred Lines"

Grammy winning singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams—who has skyrocketed to superstardom in the past year with the songs “Blurred Lines,” “Get Lucky” and “Happy”—addressed the debate over last year’s controversial “Blurred Lines,” which many feminists have called “kind of rapey.”

The subject came up when Pharrell began speaking about his views on feminism during the interview with the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 News. Pharrell has spoken before about his love for women and his belief in equality between the genders. His most recent album is called GIRL after all. And yet Pharrell apparently does not consider himself a feminsit:

I’ve been asked, am I a feminist? I don’t think it’s possible for me to be that…I’m a man. It makes sense up until a certain point. But what I do is—I do support feminists. I do think there’s injustices. There are inequalities that need to be addressed.

Don’t worry, male feminists—and yes we know you do exist (hello, Joseph Gordon-Levitt)—Pharrell wants to vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016:

I’d love to see a woman run the country. Historically this world has been run by a man, and what would a world be like if 75 percent of our world leaders and prime ministers were female? What would that world be like? We do not know because we haven’t given it a shot. We’re too busy telling them what they can or can’t do with their bodies.

…Like when men tell women, “I know you want it”?

That line from “Blurred Lines,” Pharrell’s smash hit collaboration with Robin Thicke and T.I., is one of several lyrics in the song that have caused many to criticize it as “rapey“, a problem compounded by the accompanying music video which features naked women prancing around fully-clothed male singers.

Pharrell is far from the first celebrity to avoid the term “feminist,” despite supporting women’s equality. Shailene Woodley and Kelly Clarkson have all told TIME they are definitively not feminists. They’re joined by Carrie Underwood and Katy Perry among the celebs who will not use the term. But none of those people have ever written a lyric that reads “I know you want it.”

When Channel 4’s interviewer, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, cross-examined Pharrell on some of the more misogynistic lines in the song, the artist said:

I don’t know where [a man] forcing himself and a woman’s right to say no was ever addressed in that song… Is it sexually suggestive when a car salesman says to a person who’s trying to buy a car, ‘I know you want it?’

Guru-Murthy argued that the song—which talks about how a man wants to have sex with a woman despite the fact that she’s with another man—is not the same context as purchasing a car, to which Pharrell said:

Okay cool. But does that make it off-limits for me to use in a song, especially when the overarching context is that there are good women who also have bad thoughts? If a good woman can have sexual thoughts, is it wrong for a man to have a correct guess that a woman might want something?

Next, Guru-Murthy pressed him on the music video, in which three topless women dance around the fully-clothed male singers. The interviewer suggested that this created a power dynamic in which the women were only there as objects to please the singers:

They were? Did I touch them sexually?…So in a high fashion magazine, when women have their boobs out, is there something sexual there, too?… If you ask the director, who’s a female, she was inspired by editorials by high fashion magazines where women had their boobs out.

Finally, Guru-Murthy asks him about another line in the song, which according to Pharrell was written by T.I.: “I’ll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two.” Does that line make Pharrell uncomfortable?

I’m not disowning the line… Why should I be uncomfortable? I love women. I love them inside and out. That song was meant for a woman to hear and say, ‘You know, I’m a good woman. And sometimes I do have bad thoughts’… Never once did I say in there anything sexual to a woman.

Watch the full interview with Pharrell here:


TIME celebrities

Dave Chappelle Will Return to NYC Spotlight at Radio City Music Hall

Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle performs as part of the The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival at Shoreline Amphitheatre on Sept. 20, 2013 in Mountain View, Calif. Tim Mosenfelder—Getty Images

After he sold out five consecutive comedy shows within minutes, Chapelle adds three more rare chances to see his standup

Dave Chappelle had originally scheduled five shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. They sold out in minutes. So now Chapelle is offering three more shows on June 24th through 26th.

The new shows will include both standup from Chappelle and live musical performances. “The connection between improvisation and timing will be on full display as Chappelle co-headlines with a special musical guest each night,” an announcement on Radio City’s website says. The Roots will play on the first night; Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier and Janelle Monáe on the second; and Erykah Badu on the third.

It’s not the first time Chappelle has teamed up with some of those performers. Badu and the Roots were featured in the Michel Gondry’s 2006 documentary Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.

The eight total shows are a rare high-profile, public appearance by the comedian, who has maintained a low profile since his Comedy Central show ended in 2005.

TIME celebrities

Brad Pitt Files Restraining Order Against Attacker

Brad Pitt was assaulted by a prankster at the Maleficent premiere

Brad Pitt has filed a restraining order against the man arrested for attacking him Wednesday night at the premiere of Maleficent.

The Fight Club actor filed a temporary restraining order against Vitalii Sediuk, who allegedly hit Pitt in the face on the red carpet, a Los Angeles police spokesperson said. Pitt was attending the event with his wife, Angelina Jolie, who stars in the film.

Sediuk, who has a reputation for assaulting celebrities, was arrested on Wednesday. He was in custody with bail set at $20,000. Emergency restraining orders last five days. Pitt will have to go to court if he wants to extend the order. Sediuk has previously tried to crawl under America Ferrera’s dress at Cannes, grabbed the crotches of Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper on the red carpet, and tried to kiss Will Smith at the premiere of Men in Black 3.


TIME sexuality

Robert De Niro: I Wish I’d Spoken to My Gay Dad About His Sexuality

Out Magazine

The actor opens up about his father to Out Magazine

Robert De Niro opened up about his gay father to Out Magazine this week.

The 70-year-old actor gave Out a tour of his father’s old Soho home and art studio, which the younger De Niro maintains as if the older De Niro were still residing there. “It was the only way to keep his being, his existence alive here,” he said.

De Niro expressed regrets about not talking with his father about sexuality. “Being from that generation, especially from a small town upstate. I was not aware, much, of it,” he said. “I wish we had spoken about it much more. My mother didn’t want to talk about things in general, and you’re not interested when you’re a certain age.”

Though his dad died 20 years ago from cancer, the Raging Bull Oscar winner is working hard to preserve his memory. A documentary called Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr. premiered at Sundance this year and will air on June 9 on HBO.


TIME celebrities

Sarah Silverman Proposes To Chelsea Handler

See what caused the comedian to drop to one knee

When comedian Sarah Silverman stopped by Chelsea Lately to have a chat with host Chelsea Handler, the talk quickly turned to how two powerful funny women have managed to stay unwed.

“It’s hard to get married, isn’t it, when you’re such a powerful woman” Lately said, adding that “People say ‘why don’t you want to get married?'”

When Handler mentioned that Silverman was “glowing” in white and looked “ready to get hitched,” the comedian took matters in to her own hands by, somewhat awkwardly, dropping to one knee.

TIME movies

How Jessica Alba Got In Shape for the New Sin City Movie

Nancy Callahan will be fiercer than ever, thanks to this dance instructor.

In order to get in shape for the reprisal of her role as Nancy Callahan in Sin City sequel A Dame To Kill For, Jessica Alba enlisted the help of a dance instructor with some pretty intense workouts.

Jennifer “JJ” Johnson, who also choreographed the dance sequences in the movie, would get together with Alba for sessions that ran 2-5 hours at a time and, according to the instructor, included “crawling, arching, humping … winding, grinding and moving.”

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is set for release on August, 2014.

TIME celebrities

Actually, Lana Del Rey Performed for Kim and Kanye for Free

Lana Del Rey performs on stage at Scala on November 16, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. Andy Sheppard—Redferns/Getty Images

"It's you, it's you, it's all for you, everything I do/ I tell you all the time, heaven is a place on earth with you" -how the singer RSVP'd to the wedding, probably

Lana Del Rey can now add “philanthropist” to her resume after doing the oh-so-charitable act of performing at the #worldsmosttalkedaboutwedding for free. That’s right — despite rumors that Kanye West paid her lots and lots of cash to sing at the pre-wedding bash before he married Kim Kardashian, the “West Coast” siren told a TMZ camera man that she didn’t charge the happy couple a dime.

“I would never let a friend pay me to sing at a wedding,” she said. And who could argue with that? The world’s only worth living if somebody is loving you.

TIME celebrities

Brad Pitt Just Got Punched in the Face at the Maleficent Premiere

The 50-year old movie star reportedly struck back, before the attacker was arrested

Correction Appended: May 29, 7:06 a.m. ET

Brad Pitt was punched in the face Wednesday by a man who jumped the crowd barriers outside of El Capitan theater on Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, during the world premiere of Maleficent, a movie that stars Pitt’s partner Angelina Jolie.

The 50-year old movie star struck back before police arrested the attacker.

LAPD has not confirmed or released the identity of the attacker, but it is reported that he resembles Vitalii Sediuk, the man who tried to dive underneath America Ferrera’s dress at Cannes, and who stormed the stage at the 2013 Grammys.

The exchange left Pitt unharmed.


Correction: The original version of this story misstated Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s marital status. They are engaged to be married.

TIME celebrities

George Clooney Might Get Married in Downton Abbey

Omega Le Jardin Secret Dinner Party
George Clooney ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images

Take that, Kim and Kanye

Not to be outdone by the lavish European ceremony from a certain #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple, reformed bachelor George Clooney and his normal-person fiancé, attorney Amal Alamuddin, just might be getting married in the castle from Downton Abbey.

Alamuddin loves the hit PBS show, the Daily Mail reports, and Clooney helped get the hook-up from Downton‘s very own Hugh Bonneville (a.k.a Lord Robert Crawley), with whom he starred in this year’s The Monuments Men. The couple reportedly plans to marry in September, around the time of their one-year anniversary.

Highclere Castle’s location in the English countryside is convenient for the couple: Alamuddin works in London and has family nearby, while the 1,000-acre property offers some security and seclusion for an A-lister like Clooney. No word yet on whether Dame Maggie Smith will be on hand to deliver withering put-downs to unseemly guests.

[Daily Mail]

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