We don’t like to gossip, but… have you heard what this lot are saying? Here are 12 famous faces (who let’s face it, ought to know) on the highs and lows of the rumour mill.
“People gossip. People are insecure, so they talk about other people so that they won’t be talked about. They point out flaws in other people to make them feel good about themselves. I think at any age or any social class, that’s present.”
Blake Lively sums it up perfectly – as we’d expect from a Gossip Girl.
“I have been hearing gossip and lies since I began working. When I was 17, I used to get very angry because I opened a magazine and I saw myself in a picture on a motorcycle, and the headline was, ‘I’m getting married next month.'”
Did you at least get some presents out of it, Penelope Cruz?
“Every week I read about myself in a magazine, about something that I haven’t done or some place that I’ve never been or don’t even know. It’s just gossip, rumors, egos, and politics.”
Hilary Duff there, with a handy reminder not to believe what you read. Except on betty.
“If you want to know how far gossip travels, do this – take a feather pillow up on a roof, slice it open, and let the feathers fly away on the wind. Then go and find every single feather and re-stuff the pillow.”
Actress and singer Rebecca Pidgeon knows the true cost of gossip. Which might be why you haven’t heard of her.
“I always read fan accounts instead of the news because they have all the info and make the funniest jokes about it, so that’s how I get my gossip – by stalking fans.”
Meanwhile Gigi Hadid likes a bit of gossip, as long as it’s funny.
“I guess rumours are more exciting than the truth.”
Game, set and match to Venus Williams.
“I perpetuate rumours that I’ve dated people that I’ve never actually dated.”
Hang on Ginnifer Goodwin, you mean that wasn’t true about you and Prince Harry?
“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”
Oscar Wilde knew that gossip was a double-edged sword.
“If people talk behind your back, it’s because you’re ahead of them.”
This piece of wisdom might explain why Zayn Malik left 1D first…
“I can’t stop the rumors from starting, and I can’t really change people’s minds who believe them. All I can do is sit back and laugh at these low life people who have nothing better to do than talk about me.”
You’re so right, Beyonce. Although we’ll be honest, some days it legit does feel as though we have nothing better to do than talk about you.
“When celebs get pestered by paparazzi why don’t they just start singing “Hey Jude” or some incredibly expensive song to clear?”
Mindy Kaling has the genius solution to celebrity privacy invasion: copyright law.
“Gossip, as usual, was one-third right and two-thirds wrong.”
When it came to gossip, Anne of Green Gables author LM Montgomery knew the score.