Sideshow: Bieber blue over breakup

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber uncoupled after this 2011 event, and he's "not in the happiest place." CRAIG BARRITT / Getty Images
Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber uncoupled after this 2011 event, and he's "not in the happiest place." CRAIG BARRITT / Getty Images
Posted: January 29, 2013

Justin Bieber, 18, has finally spoken out about his breakup with Selena Gomez, the biggest love upset since Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake broke the planet's heart 11 years ago.

"I'm not in the happiest place that I've ever been," Justin tells Billboard. "I'm trying to get through what I'm going through. . . . I have my really close friends to cheer me up and keep me going." The "Boyfriend" singer says his pain is compounded by the media's endless speculation.

"There's so many rumors. People say I call Selena every day and she won't pick up the phone or I'm chasing her down, and these are all fake stories," he says. Justin, who wrote the song "Nothing Like Us" about his breakup, says that like every teen, he's going through a learning process. "When you are 18, you're going through that transition," he says. "Figuring yourself out."

Ben Affleck's man-crush: Brad Pitt

"I love Brad Pitt. I think he's amazing." A quote from Pitt consort Angelina Jolie? A tweet from an overexcited female fan?

Nope. That's Ben Affleck speaking.

Ben, 40, on Sunday told Access Hollywood's Shaun Robinson at the SAG Awards that he loves his fellow A-list thesp - and not just for his acting.

"I love the way he looks. I'm not going to lie! I think he's awesome," said Ben. "If I could be somebody, it'd definitely be Brad Pitt." Ben was accompanied at the awards gala by his wife, Jennifer Garner.

He didn't share how Garner felt about his Brad-enthusiasm.

The Lawrence wardrobe issue

Gossipers were a-twitter Sunday at the SAG Awards when Hunger Games heroine Jennifer Lawrence, 22, seemed to suffer an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction: Her dress seemed to come apart at the seams as she headed onstage to accept the best-actress prize for Silver Linings Playbook. It did, some admitted, make her look very hot.

It was supposed to look that way, you bozos! So says a rep of its maker, Christian Dior Couture. "The dress is made with different levels of tulle and satin," says the rep, explaining that it was supposed to swirl and swing with J-Law's movements. "It was not ripped, and there was no malfunction." Take that, ye frothy-mouthed fashion Philistines!

Entertainment industry biz news

Fox, which once ruled adult-oriented animation with The Simpsons and King of the Hill, is making a move to compete with the more sophisticated offerings from Adult Swim. USA Today says the channel will launch Animation Domination HD this summer. A weekly block of programs, it will air opposite NBC's Saturday Night Live.

Kris Jenner the new Oprah?

Positive news Monday from Kris Jenner, 57, who last week was busy denying reports she physically abused her children, including Kim Kardashian, when they were young.

The Kardashian Kabal matriarch this summer will test her wits as TV host with a limited test-run of a new gabfest on Fox called Kris. Billed as "a daily jolt of celebrity guests, fashion & beauty trends; plus a mix of lifestyle topics - all through the distinctive and unpredictable perspective of Kris Jenner" ( yikes!), it'll air in select markets for several weeks.

Gunshots, a Rolls, an accident

Rapper Rick Ross ( William L. Roberts) crashed his Rolls-Royce into a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., building Monday morning after he was startled by gunshots. Authorities say Ross and his passenger, fashion designer Shateria L. Moragne-el, heard shots fired in their direction, causing Ross to swerve on the road. The rapper turned 37 on Monday. No one was injured. Police say an unknown number of suspects fled before officers arrived at the scene.

Gossip petits fours

The View boss and cohost Barbara Walters, 83, hospitalized last week in Washington after taking a spill at a pre-inauguration party, has been transferred to a New York hospital. But not because of her head injury: Seems Babs has a case of chicken pox. . . . It's no secret Taylor Swift, 23, has asserted her sexier side lately, especially in the racier songs in her LP, Red. But is her new look due to her attitude or to enhanced, bionic body parts? Fox News says people are saying Swift has been outfitted with breast implants. Taylor has denied similar reports in the past. . . . Private Practice star Taye Diggs, 42, made a citizen's arrest Sunday when he and wife Idina Menzel found a man rummaging through their garage. Police took the evildoer off Diggs' hands.

Frank Ocean: Chris Brown jumped me

Chris Brown, 23, who was convicted of assaulting gf Rihanna in '09, is being investigated for allegedly punching pop star Frank Ocean Sunday at a West Hollywood parking lot, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Monday. In a tweet, Ocean claimed he "got jumped by [Brown] and a couple guys" and suffered a cut on his finger.

The Kris Humphries follies

Kim Kardashian's husband of 72 days, Kris Humphries, is herpes-free! So Kris, 27, says in response to a lawsuit filed in L.A. County Superior Court by one Kayla Goldberg, who claims the NBA player gave her herpes during an unprotected sexual tryst in 2010.

TMZ says Kris doesn't deny the tryst took place, but says he was tested shortly after the encounter. He has asked the court to dismiss the suit.

Children's book awards

The American Library Association on Monday announced the winners of a series of prestigious children's book awards. Michigan-born writer Katherine Applegate, 56, won the writing award, the John Newbery Medal for The One and Only Ivan, the story of a daydreaming gorilla and his friendship with a baby elephant. The Randolph Caldecott Medal for outstanding illustration went to Canadian animator and illustrator Jon Klassen for This Is Not My Hat, about a bear who asks various animals in a forest if they've seen his chapeau. The Coretta Scott King prize for outstanding work by an African American went to Andrea Davis Pinkney's Hand in Hand for best writing. Best visuals went to Bryan Collier's illustration for an edition of Langston Hughes' I, Too, Am America.


This article includes information from Inquirer wire services. Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.

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