Showing posts with label parents. Show all posts
Showing posts with label parents. Show all posts

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Gordon in the morning: Not making it up

Victoria Beckham doesn't want to lead by example, Gordon has read somewhere:

VICTORIA Beckham has revealed she does not put on lipstick in front of daughter Harper — in case she copies her.

The ex-Posh Spice, 39, said her glam ban is one of her rules for bringing up her family correctly.

Victoria said: “I can’t put on make-up when Harper’s around, because she would join me immediately. She is a tomboy towards her brothers.”
I know what you're thinking - what the hell is "a tomboy towards her brothers" mean?

But let's focus here. Victoria doesn't put make-up on when Harper is around. Which is actually really good parenting, not forcing a child to accept that women should be wearing make-up.

Except... doesn't the way that Beckham's photo is often and repeatedly shown everywhere kind of make this a little odd?

It's not just that Harper will see photos of her mum with slap on everywhere, but because she never sees Victoria put it on, she's going to become convinced that its something that happens whenever Posh leaves the house. Isn't that going to be a bit discombobulating?

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Liam Gallagher's kids are, it turns out, typical kids

Here's some heartwarming news: Liam Gallagher's children are like other children:

He said: ''It's got to the stage where my kids sneak off and go, 'You're not walking with me man.' I'm like, 'Hey, I'm a f***ing cool dad!' 'No you're not.' 'I f***ing am. All your mates think I'm cool anyway...' 'They think you're a bit of a d**k actually' It seems I've got a lot of work to do.''
It's not entirely clear what "work" Liam plans to make himself seem cool to thirteen year-olds; I'm hoping it's wearing a baseball cap back-to-front and using teen slang all the time.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Do children listen to less music? Netmums say yes.

There's a survey been gathered by Netmums, which is a bit like Mumsnet but with its name the other way round; they're attempting to work out when childhood ends by asking parents what they think.

The results don't actually appear to have been published, but the summary has news that might make music industry executives a little queasy:

Only 23% spend time reading compared to 41% of their parents at the same age, while half the number of modern tweens listen to music (17%) compared to their parents (39%).
The musical sky is falling in! The musical sky is falling in!

But hang on a moment. The summary of the findings isn't exactly scientifically worded. Take this bit:
Parents also slammed retailers provision for tween fashion, especially for girls, with over half (54%) angry that stores only provide 'clothes that can be too sexual, such as overtly short skirts or crop tops'.
It's a valid concern, certainly. But did the research actually ask parents if they were "angry"? Or just if they agreed it was happening? And the word "only" in there is suspising. Stores only sell clothes that can be too sexual? The "only" seems quite definitive, but the "can be" seems more vague.

And what does this mean about the other 46%? Are they okay with the idea? Do they not believe the proposition?

Perhaps in the original research this question is a bit clearer, but without access to that data, all we've got is a presentation that has been designed to generate headlines.

So, we should approach this finding with caution. But even if you take it at face value, are less than one-in-five tweens listening to music?

Almost certainly not. It's probably more a generational difference in what constitutes "listening to music". Across the last generation, music has crept more and more inside personal devices, listened to through earbuds, with silent, gestural interfaces; music is purchased remotely and doesn't enter the house in plastic bags, making its arrival harder to spot.

And while a parent can think back and recall that at a social gathering, they listened to music, they're less able to judge if "listening to music" is part of an event that is pitched to them as "having mates over".

And there's probably a smidge of generational snobbery in there too - when I had a young, fresh face, i can recall scraggier, more wrinkly people telling me that my generation didn't really listen to music.

For their cohort, it was communal experience, rolling ciggies on the album sleeve and communing with the music, whereas us lot? We just had it on in the background and stuck photos of popstars in scrapbooks.

Are the current generation of parents any different? Kids today don't listen to music like Justin Jespen. It's not like them and The Spice Girls, where you had to really pay attention to understand the message.

So, less than one-in-five tweens listening to music? We could try asking them directly. But we'll have to wait until they've finished making their Harlem Shake video.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Justin Bieber runs late

Justin Bieber needs to take a good hard look at how Peppa Pig does it: because when you're doing shows for children, you have to keep on time.

His UK dates have been running late - by as much as an hour at the Millennium Dome in Greenwich - with the result that mummies and daddies have turned up to pick up their kids, only to discover that the show hasn't yet finished:

"A few of the parents went up to the information desk to complain and they were saying there's nothing they could do and that 'It's just Justin Bieber's production team'.

"We said that was all well and good, but most of us have to get trains... it was just a shambles. I said we've really got to leave at ten to eleven to get the last train."

She added that people in the crowd began booing at about 21:30, almost an hour before Bieber's act eventually started.
The blame is being put on the support acts over-running, although if people were able to boo for a solid hour before Bieber eventually came on, that seems a bit of a stretch.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Beyonce dumps her dad

Beyonce is only sacking her dad in a professional capacity, be very clear about that:

“I’ve only parted ways with my father on a business level. He is my father for life and I love my dad dearly. I am grateful for everything he has taught me.”
Especially the bit about being ruthless in business and never letting sentiment cloud your judgement.

Papa Knowles, meanwhile, has a statement of his own:
“The decision for Beyonce and Music World Entertainment to part was mutual. We did great things together, and I know that she will continue to conquer new territories in music and entertainment… Business is business and family is family. I love my daughter and am very proud of who she is and all that she has achieved. I look forward to her continued great success.”
Rumours that he now intends to adopt Letoya Luckett could not be confirmed at the present time.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Gordon in the morning: Nobody pastes baby on a Corden

Good news for James Corden, a father for a first time.

How does Gordon celebrate this happy event? With a photoshop horror:

Take a moment to enjoy just how shoddy that work is, by the way - the jagged shoulder, whatever the hell is going on round the neck. This is Britain's biggest selling newspaper, by the way, not a sixth form project.

The photo is captioned "Top of the tot ... tracksuit like one Smithy wears" which, erm, explains everything.

Are you interested in what Justin Bieber thinks of Dancing On Ice?

Could you pretend you are?

In a piece with the headline teaser 'Biber: I'll skate on ice show', the poppet actually says:
Justin, 17, has just one condition, saying: "Next time I see David Beckham I will say that if he agrees to do it then so will I."
In much the same way that I will run naked down Kensington High Street - on condition the Queen does it first, then.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Mrs Blunt goes down the school to stick up for her son

Today have done a piece on the 'pop's gone posh' story this morning.

In return, they got a moaning email from James Blunt's mum, complaining that "most critics" take a harsh line on her little James "because of his background".

Up to a point, Mrs. B - given that James probably wouldn't have got past a record company door without the benefits of his privileged start in life, he wouldn't have been in the line of criticism without his poshness.

But the criticism itself is down to his droning, dull music. I don't know whether we'll ever find out if insipid balladry is down to nature or nurture, but be assured that he is being judged on his record. Literally.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Will Smith suddenly becomes a protective parent

Will Smith is stepping in to make sure Willow Smith doesn't find out how terrible her song is:

Willow Smith tells news show Access Hollywood, "Whenever I'm on (video-sharing website) YouTube trying to look at my song to show my friends, he's like covering the comments and I'm like, 'Dad, what's wrong?' And he's like, 'Nothing, it's just there's people out there who really don't like it.'"
I'm not sure going 'there's a tonne of shit reviews here, don't look at them' is quite protecting your daughter - they HATE you so bad you can't even see how bad; and it might have been better to have stepped in when the idea of releasing Flip My Hair was first suggested.

By the way, nice to see that ContactMusic feels its readers might need the concept of 'YouTube' explained to them.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Seal values family ahead of cash, says Seal

Seal is happy to make sacrifices for his family, but does want you to know that's the reason he isn't working and nothing to do with lack of demand:

"It's successful only because we make it successful. It's not rocket science, it really isn't. It's work but it's fun. It's only hard work when you allow it to be so. You've just got to prioritise, that's all.

"Both of us have turned down huge money-making opportunities because family is more important. You have to do that as you only get one crack at this."
It's true. Heidi Klum has said no to various lucrative modelling and presenting assignments, while Seal has told Reg that he won't drive double shifts at the weekend, not even the airport runs.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Sade dreams of retirement

Sade struggling with the demands of putting out the odd album and being featured in 'where are they now' columns, reports ContactMusic:

Sade often considers retirement.

The 'Smooth Operator' singer admitted she sometimes thinks she wants to give up, but can't follow through.

She said: "Is it still worth it? I think it is. After every album, I think, 'Right that's it, no more.'

"But how lucky am I at my age still to be doing this without any outside pressure?"

There's no outside pressure. It's not like people are constantly demanding she makes new albums.

Still, even when she's not busily working on putting out an album every seven years or so, she's still quite busy:
"Being a mother is the biggest and hardest job I've ever undertaken.

"I'm not complaining but I've never had a nanny. For years after she was born I put Ila to bed every night. As soon as she arrived she became the centre of my life."

There's something fascinating about a person who thinks that not employing a nanny is some sort of badge of honour, isn't there?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Courtney Love loses custody

More misery from the heart of Courtneyworld this morning: Love has lost custody of Frances Bean. Again.

Given that Frances Bean is now 17, this might be the last time her guardianship is swapped out by the legal system. Let's hope.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Mitch Winehouse reckons he could do that album business

How many people who have become famous because of their kids really shown any talent? Edward Enfield, perhaps? And...

Why do I suspect that a collection of Frank Sinatra covers ("and two original songs") from Mitch Winehouse won't change things much?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Kelly Osbourne calls for hard work, gumption

Kelly Osbourne didn't get where she is today relying on other people, and wants the rest of us to pull our bloody socks up:

"I find it easier being in America. The UK is a lot harder, people have this kick you while you are down mentality. It seems like some teenagers just want to get pregnant so they can get a bigger council house.

"It is not OK for girls to want to grow up to be a WAG. I find that frustrating."

Yes, Kelly, there are teenagers who currently have council houses, and those council house-holding teenagers plan to go out and get pregnant in order to be moved to larger council houses.

This is especially true if you're living in a world where the Daily Mail is right, or - perhaps - in 1973.

But it's so pleasant to see that Kelly is, in effect, channeling Michael Caine and Paul Dacre simultaneously. Given that Kelly has been constantly handed jobs on account of who she is, despite her inability to perform the basic functions those positons required, you might think she'd been treated pretty well in the UK.

Apparently not well enough. Perhaps it's because we tend to point out to her that she's actually a bit rubbish at presenting things. Not like in America, where even Glenn Beck gets his own show despite having several social handicaps which suggest it would be better for him if he just had a nice sit down.

Kelly, of course, has achieved... erm, whatever it is she's achieved only though her natural... advantages
"A lot of celebrity kids don't do that much with their lives. You are in a position where you are so lucky - you can do whatever you want.

"A lot of them waste their lives going to parties and being mean to other people."

Whereas, of course, Kelly spends her time going to rehab and being mean to Lily Allen, Lady GaGa, Kate Moss and her boyfriend, tube drivers, Jennifer Lopez and Victoria Beckham, Simon Cowell, Peaches Geldof and, fresh to that list, British teenagers.

Oh, but hang on

Sunday, September 06, 2009

E! Online gets all huffy about Michael Jackson stories

The Entertainment channel's stock-in-trade is gossiping about people, which makes its sudden angry outburst at people gossiping about the parentage of Michael Jackson's children somewhat surprising. Like the Pope having a go at people believing in made-up stories:

By all accounts and appearances, Michael Jackson's three children aren't confused about the arrangement, either. They are his children. He was their father. Those were their tears they shed after his death. If someday they want answers as to the particulars of their DNA, then that's their right.

But until that day, and maybe even after it, we don't need the record set straight by anyone other than Prince, Paris or Blanket on something that isn't crooked. Even Klein and Lester have essentially acknowledged, if not celebrated, Jackson's fatherhood.

E! spends some time patiently explaining the difference between being a biological and actual father. Which is all to the good, but... doesn't telling people not to tattle more or less rule out all of E!'s other content?

Friday, August 28, 2009

Gordon in the morning: Oh, mother

The trouble with Gordon's apparent decision to allow Simon Cowell to write huge chunks of the Sun's gossip pages to promote JLS is, as we've seen, JLS simply aren't interesting enough to support a constant stream of stories.

Today, for instance, it's yet another reworking of the "they like to party" angle, as it's claimed their mothers are angry. And the overheated coverage is now starting to collapse in on itself:

THE lads from JLS have told me that they've been in hot water with their mums - for appearing in this column too many times.

Presumably their mothers buy the Sun to read about celebrities, rather than people who lost a talent show months and months ago.
I've been reporting on enthusiastic pair ASTON MERRYGOLD and MARVINHUMES almost every day because of to their partying lifestyles.

Yes, who can forget "man buys a burger", for example?
I'm loving their lust for life.

Ah, yes. I'm surprised there isn't a Duke Of Edinburgh badge in 'getting yourself photographed by your management in order to keep a weak profile in a newspaper column with apparently nothing else to write about'.
JLS managed to put away five treasure chests of booze, six bottles of vodka and five bottles of champagne.

Not, of course, that The Sun thinks binge drinking is a good thing.

Still, I wouldn't want you to give the impression that Smart is so desperate to fill his columns these days that he'll give space to any reality TV show flop who can muster the merest scrap of name recognition. Look here, for example:
PRESTON'S Biz Session marked a career first - the former ORDINARY BOYS star's debut performance WITHOUT his bandmates.


Sunday, August 09, 2009

Mark Lester to Paris Jackson: Consider yerself one of us

Tucked in the tawdry unfolding tragedy of the Jackson fallout, as Mark Lester chooses the News of the World to announce his suspicion that Paris is his kid, is this:

"It's been a secret for so long," said Mark. "In 1996 Michael asked me if I would give him my sperm and I said yes. It was a gift to him, no money was paid, it was something I was honoured to do. He wanted children so badly."

That sort of request has the ability to get very awkward very quickly:

- Can I have your sperm? Yes? That so... mffff... I meant in this jar, Mark. I meant in the jar... God, it makes your eyes sting, doesn't it?

The appearance of this paternity claim, naturally, is what Michael would have wanted:
"I'm the Godparent to them and Michael was Godparent to all my four kids. Our two families spent a lot of time together, and had a lot fun together. Now I'm not able to have any communication with the children. My repeated phone calls aren't returned and emails go unanswered.

"This isn't what Michael would have wanted. I feel I have to come forward, as my only way of saying, 'Please don't shut me out!'"

Yes, having constructed an elaborate ruse and pretended for a decade that the children were his, Jackson would so have been thrilled to see the story falling apart in the pages of a British tabloid newspaper.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Bookmarks: Some stuff to read on the internet - Mother's Day

Today isn't mothering Sunday, but Americans are pretending it is, and so eMusic have invited some mothers to review their kids' music by choosing a favourite track:

Frances Hannigan, mother of Lisa Hannigan

*Sea Sew

Obviously being Lisa's mother, and a very proud one at that, it is difficult to pick just one; a little like Sophie's choice. Probably because we, as a family, were all involved in the making of the videos for "Lille" and "I Don't Know," I would have to pick one of these. What turns out to be a few minutes on YouTube in fact represents days and days of hard effort — but it was also a great deal of fun. During filming, the songs had to be repeated over and over again, and while some people would say that familiarity breeds contempt, I feel it is more like a comfy pair of slippers! So I will have to choose "Lille." But, then again, I don't know.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Britney's tour teeters

According to TMZ, Britney is going to pull her tour if she can't come to an agreement with Kevin Federline to let the kids roam with her. The proposed workaround seems to be inviting Federline on tour, with a stipend. Although, apparently, not expecting him to turn up. But still take the money.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Guy Ritchie gets his Dad to go down the school

We took our kitten for his orchidectomy today. It looks like Sumesh wasn't the only one to have his manhood permanently rmeoved, as Guy Ritchie's Dad has decided he needs to protect his son from that beastly Madonna:

In his first comments about the marriage split, Ritchie's father, John, said of the reports: "She is being beastly. She is saying, 'Did you ever love me?' It goes back to a time when she fell off her horse and she's blaming him for that. She's calling him an emotional retard. When he's being bashed by her it's horrid."

Oddly, John Ritchie appears to be responding not to actual horridness, but horridness reported in The Sun. And even if you do have a famous son and still believe every word you read in the papers, wouldn't he have noticed that the quote wasn't actually fresh but supposedly from ages ago? And that he wasn't being blamed for her falling off the horse, but for apparently not giving a shake of the mane about it?

Guy likes to rub shoulder with geezer types; it's going to be quite hard for him to hold his head up when his Dad feels he needs help to ward off three year-old misquotes from his own wife. I'm picturing Guy turning up at his Dad's house, looking desperately through the window, crying "Dad! Leave the reviews for Revolver alone... please don't ring Philip French at home... Dad... Dad..."

Still, we should all laugh while we can - each one of us will be the loser in this:
His father said from the doorstep of his Chelsea home: "I haven't spoken to Guy for a few days. He's very busy. He is really into his new film. He's up to here with work."

Nothing, surely, is more chilling than the thought that Guy Ritchie is throwing himself into his work.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Mother and child reunion

Usher has re-hired his mother - probably the only manager who'd forgive you for canning them in favour of some bigshot.

Usher's blaming Benny Medina, the man he replaced his mother with, for the slump in his sales. Also, he couldn't make pancakes the way mom did. And do you know how embarrassing it is when Benny Medina spits on a hanky and wipes the ice-cream off your face in front of your friends?