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Justin Bieber: I Knew I Loved Selena Gomez When She Almost Died!

Jelena, in one form or another, is back. For better or for worse.

As you can imagine, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber’s romantic bike rides didn’t just start up overnight.

Reportedly, Justin has been trying to worm his way back into Selena’s life ever since news broke of her kidney transplant. That news awoke something within him. …

Though this Bieber development might make you think that this was the other way around, The Weeknd broke up with Selena Gomez.

He reportedly ended things by phone after their relationship began to fizzle out, he believed, over the summer.

We don’t think that it’s an unfair interpretation of that to say that The Weeknd wasn’t so excited about their relationship when Selena Gomez got her kidney transplant and was on bedrest for a couple of months to recover.

It’s not like they were married, but … does it rub anyone else the wrong way that The Weeknd was apparently fine with their relationship up until Selena’s illness became inconvenient?

(To be fair, it’s been reported that another factor was their conflicting work schedules, but … still)

One way or the other, though, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have reunited, after Justin managed to arrange a meet-up after calling Selena’s mom.

Even though Selena Gomez’s family can’t stand Bieber or the horse he rode in on, Selena’s mom apparently wanted to leave the choice up to Selena.

And … now we’re where we are today.

But there’s more to this story than we thought.

It was just under a month ago when we told you that Justin and Selena might get back together, if as friends.

But TMZ reports that Justin has been trying to reconnect with Selena for quite a while.

Justin didn’t just have to convince her mom that he and Selena should talk again.

He had to convince Selena, too.

That took some doing.

Not only does Selena’s family consider him “vile” and blame him for a serious bout of depression that she suffered, but Selena and Justin were estranged for a long time.

Remember when Justin Bieber was dating Sofia Richie?

Well, Justin’s fans gave him a hard time about posting so much about the relationship. (There were other issues, including Sofia’s age at the time)

Justin fired back angrily, because he was, at the time, kind of an out-of-control douchebag.

Selena Gomez spoke up to defend Justin’s fans, because celebs shouldn’t really lash out at their fans — for business reasons, and because it’s a dickish thing to do.

After that, well … they just didn’t speak. It was better that way.

What prompted Justin’s change of heart?

TMZ reports that it was Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant.

If you’re thinking “yeah, obviously,” there’s more to it than we’d all first realized.

This wasn’t just a scenario of Justin reconnecting with his ex to see how she’s doing, though that was also part of it.

When Justin learned of Selena’s transplant, sources close to him describe that he had something of an epiphany about Selena and how much she means to him.

It absolutely should not have taken Selena nearly dying (kidney failure due to Lupus and then major surgery is, let’s be clear, a near-death experience or two) for Justin to realize Selena’s value.

She’s beautiful, she’s kind, and she’s one of the greatest musical talents in the history of humankind.

Selena already gave Justin some of the best years of her youth, but now he’s coming back for more.

Maybe Justin will make her happy, though. Even if he is now sporting super ugly body tattoos.

By the way, some rumors have been floating around that there’s some sort of Jelena music collaboration in the works. TMZ says that they haven’t heard anything verifiable about that.

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Hugh Hefner: Laid to Rest by Loved Ones, Closest Friends

Last week, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner died. He was 91.

He was an intensely controversial man, but he had no shortage of admirers.

Which is why the details of his funeral may surprise you. …

You’d expect a celebrity funeral to be, at the very least, the size of a normal funeral.

That would mean dozens to hundreds of attendees. 

Some celebrities have larger funerals for their many different costars and business associates to attend.

Obviously, Hugh Hefner made no shortage of business contacts during his long life and lengthy career.

On top of that, he lived a larger-than-life existence. He was known for wearing his signature red robe. He 

So it’s a little surprising to hear that his funeral was uncharacteristically low-key.

TMZ reports that Hugh Hefner’s funeral was on Saturday, at noon, in L.A.’s Westwood Village Memorial Park.

Hef’s four children, his wife Crystal Harris (who inherits none of his fortune), and some key Playboy staffers were in attendance. That was it.

It was a small, private ceremony. Nice, but downplayed.

Hef’s body was interred beside Marilyn Monroe’s, in a plot that he bought very deliberately in 1992 for $ 75,000.

And we have to talk about the fact that his body is resting beside Marilyn Monroe’s, even if it necessitates speaking ill of the dead.

Because … in no way is this not creepy.

When Hef launched Playboy, he obtained old photographs of Marilyn Monroe from before she was rich and famous.

As a teen, she had taken photos to obtain some much-needed cash. Hef bought the photos and the rights to distribute them and used them for his new business.

Marilyn, at the time, was terrified that it would ruin her career. 

Many people have called out that Hef’s desire to be laid to rest beside her is creepy to the max and even a sort of violation.

(Even though, you know, they’re not alive anymore … the creepiness of it all still lingers)

That’s hardly the only thing about Hugh Hefner’s history that makes people uncomfortable.

As revealed by Holly Madison, not everything was necessarily as it seemed within the Playboy Mansion itself.

Reportedly, Hugh Hefner offered drugs to his girlfriends to make them more open to sex.

He also allegedly fostered a competitive environment in which the women competed with each other for his favor.

Furthermore, Holly says that Hugh would routinely reduce his girlfriends to tears, talking down to them, which sounds like emotional abuse and a pretty standard tactic used by people who want to keep others dependent on their praise and affection.

Kendra Wilkinson praises Hef’s name to this day and refutes Holly Madison’s version of their time at the mansion.

But it’s not uncommon at all for two people in what seems like the same position (that’s not a sex joke) to have very, very different experiences.

Other criticisms of Hugh Hefner include that he historically presented himself as a supporter of women’s rights, gay rights, and rights for people of color while all the time building a business that profited from images of blonde white women that catered to men.

He would neither be the first nor the last figure to receive acclaim for being progressive while seeming to do more to use and profit from women than actually help them.

(Joss Whedon, anyone?)

Of course, those who have compared Hugh Hefner to the likes of Woody Allen or Bill Cosby … need to chill the f–k out and are definitely in need of a reality check.

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Katy Perry: What?!? I’ve ALWAYS Loved Taylor Swift!

Katy Perry has no idea what you’re talking about.

She’s probably giving you a quizzical side-eye right about now.

She doesn’t know why you think she ever feuded with Taylor Swift. What a crazy notion!

In a new interview with Australia’s Today show, the singer was asked – yes, once again – about her relationship with Swift.

Despite rarely even saying each other’s names in public, the rivalry between these artists has been near the center of the celebrity gossip universe for years, ever since Swift released the diss track “Bad Blood.”

It was pretty clearly written about Perry, with whom Swift allegedly has a beef due a disagreement over backup dancers back in the day.

While promoting her latest album, Katy said Taylor tried to “assassinate my character” and made it sound as if the feud was only just beginning.

But then the public sort of took Swift’s side… and then Swift made the ultimate passive-aggressive power move against Perry… and Katy quickly changed her tune.

“I love her, I always have,” Perry told the Australian interviewer. “We’ve had our differences, but I just continue to say, ‘God bless her on her journey.’”

That’s very cute of Katy to say.

As the first song off her new record, Perry unveiled what most people assumed was her own diss track, seemingly clapping back at Swift via the single “Swish Swish.”

It wasn’t well received, however.

After receiving negative feedback for the way she went after Swift all these years later, Perry did a 180 several weeks ago and now talks as if the two are soul sisters.

“I am ready to let it go,” Perry said on a recent installment of the Thrive Global Podcast, adding:

“I forgive her and I’m sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her. There’s a lot of other things out there in the world that people need to be focused on.

“God bless her on her journey. God bless her. Honestly.”

Somewhere (and we really don’t know where because she’s gone social media silent for nearly a year now), Swift and her team must be having quite a good laugh over all this flip-flopping.

Taylor has managed to win her war against Perry without ever mentioning her by name.

Seriously, go back and look at all the stories The Hollywood Gossip and other websites have written about this rivalry.

Try to find one instance in which Swift mentioned Perry or even hinted strongly that she had any problem with Perry at all.

Go ahead. We’ll wait.

You just may not want to hold your breath while you investigate.

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Rob Kardashian to Loved Ones: I Am SO Sorry!!!

Rob Kardashian has not said a word in public since last Wednesday.

The troubled reality star has gone radio silent since his inappropriate/disturbing/borderline illegal rant against Blac Chyna last week, but not in private.

According to a new report, Rob has actually talked a lot to his family since stirring up his latest and most significant controversy.

And the mostly one-sided conversations, per TMZ, have allegedly gone like this:

I’m so sorry!

Please forgive me!

I’m an idiot!

No, really, a total and complete idiot and moron!

Insiders tell the aforementioned website that Rob has apologized to his mother and all of his sisters, taking full responsibility for lashing out at Blac Chyna on social media few days ago.

He says he knows he messed up by sharing naked pictures of his ex-fiancee; he regrets turning private pain into a public scandal; and he won’t make the same mistake again.

On the last point, Chyna has obtained a temporary restraining order that would actually make it illegal for Kardashian to bully her on Instagram or Twitter in the near future.

So Kim Kardashian and company better hope, for their brother’s sake, that he’s being sincere when making these vows.

Rob insists he has never beaten Chyna, however, a damning allegation the mother of two has now made on more than one occasion.

In an interview with ABC on Monday night, she didn’t get into any details, but did tell a reporter that Kardashian punched her this past April.

You can watch her make this claim below:

As part of his mea culpa to other Jenners and Kardashians, Rob also acknowledged that they were right about Chyna from the beginning.

Yes, this latest incident is all his fault.

But Kardashian knows his loved one have said from the outset of his relationship with Chyna that she was nothing but bad news.

However, he stuck it out with her despite all their problems because he wanted daughter Dream to grow up in a two-parent household. That’s at least a nice sentiment, right?

It obviously won’t end up happening now, but Chyna is on record as saying she does want Rob involved in the child’s life.

“I would never try to take Dream from her dad,” Chyna said this week. “Hopefully, me and Rob can learn to have common ground and be the best co-parents as we can be.”

That sure would be a welcome change.

According to this same TMZ report, Rob’s relatives have accepted his apology.

They haven’t remarked on the situation on social media or in any interviews because they don’t want to cause any more damage.

To the credit of the Kardashians, they really do seem focused on what’s best for Dream and aren’t about to risk her future by slamming Chyna online or anything of that nature.

Hopefully, the worst of this situation is now behind everyone.

As long as they keep the well-being of Dream at the forefront of their minds and before they take any kind of action, things may end up sort of okay in the long run. 

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Miley Cyrus: It’s My Dad’s Fault I Loved Twerking!

If you were a fan of the twerking, weed-smoking, tongue-wagging Miley Cyrus of old, then you’re probably not loving the singer’s latest reinvention.

After shedding the wholesome, Disney-fied image of her teen years in order to hip hop-inflected party anthems and elaborate homemade bongs, Miley has pulled another unexpected 180.

These days, she’s taken on the persona of a beachy, granola-munching, female Jack Johnson.

In fact, if you live in the SoCal area, you shouldn’t at all surprised if you see Miley strumming a ukulele at your local farmers’ market in the near future.

If you live near a beach in that region you will see Miley striking yoga poses at sunset this weekend.

There’s literally nothing you can do to prevent that from happening.

Naturally, this turnaround means the 24-year-old songstress has had to leave some of her defining habits in the past.

Right off the bat, Miley quit smoking weed and posting racy selfies on Instagram.

And while her older music undoubtedly provided the soundtrack to many a Molly-fueled night full of questionable decisions, Miley’s latest song sounds like something that should be played on loop in the kombucha aisle of every Whole Foods.

But her most telling change in the New Miley might be the fact that she’s put to rest the dance move with which she was once synonymous.

Yes, you won’t see Miley twerking anymore, and when she talks about the ass-shaking trend she helped popularize it’s hard not to pick up on a twinge of embarrassment.

In fact, she’s even developed a pop-psychological explanation for why she once felt the need to present her hindquarters to the world like a horny orangutan.

And not surprisingly, it involves her issues with her father.

Asked in a recent interview if she would ever consider doing a Hannah Montana sequel series, Miley skipped the obvious answer (“Why would I do that? I still have money.”) and instead offered a more detailed explanation:

“It’s a lot of time to be spent with my dad. You know, my dad was my dad on the show. I have enough dad time,” she said.

“That was really hard every day from, like, [ages] 11 to 18,” she said. “I didn’t get a school escape like most people. I went to work with my dad. And then I started driving my dad toward the end, when I could start driving.”

So what does this excess of Billy Ray bonding have to do with Miley’s twerk-happy past?

Well, allow her to explain:

“That’s why, as soon as I turned 18, you guys wonder why I was twerking at Juicy J shows,” she said.

“I had just spent 10 years every day with my dad and grandma! I had to break free.”

And like many an impoverished aspiring proctologist, Miley knew that the butt was her path to freedom.

It’s beautiful, when you think about it.

We seriously can’t wait for the inevitable tell-all memoir from this woman.

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