Amber Heard Talks The Cost Of Coming Out And Lauren Jauregui Pose With Ex-Girlfriend
Plus Cara and St. Vincent visit Cate on Broadway.
Smoking Photos Of Lauren Jauregui And Ex-Girlfriend
Photographer Nicole Cartolano just released a new editorial called ‘Bare with Me,’ which features Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui and ex-girlfriend Lucy Vives vamping about in a New Orleans swamp. ‘Bare with Me’ is a beautiful bit of nostalgia, a bittersweet portrait of two women who were once in love. That being said, as someone who lived in New Orleans, I am most impressed in their ability to make a swamp seem sexy. It takes unconceivable effort to sensually smolder while being consumed by mosquitoes and squelching about in mud. I, a well known sex pot, have never mastered it. And oh, how I’ve tried. The photos are gorgeous and risque. You can view the full set here.
Even more interesting are the quotes Cartolano gave to MTV in an interview about the photoshoot. While rumors have flown about Vives and Jauregui dating for years, this is the first official confirmation. Cartolano described Jauregui and Vives as “very loving” and stated, “Both girls trusted me to photograph them together as sort of a coming-out, but they were nervous how their families would respond and the publicity they’d attract, especially from the Latin American community... ‘Bare With Me’ is a compromise which allowed us to describe what Lauren called ‘love in the 21st century.’ ... It was important to use their voices to show the world that this is OK, this is acceptable, in the gentlest way possible.” She continued “You could tell that they’ve been best friends for a very long time. They’ve known each other since high school. And they dated on and off for a few years. So they’re good friends over everything else.”
Cara Delevingne And St. Vincent Enjoy Broadway But Are They A Double Act?
Don’t you adore attending the theatre with your ex-fiance in a rash of elegant platonic sophistication? Me either. But apparently Cara Delevingne and St. Vincent want us to believe that they are just exes turn besties, enjoying a night out. According to the Daily Mail, Delevingne and St. Vincent were spotted at the Ethel Barrymore Theater seeing Cate Blanchett in The Present. Excitingly, Cara is blonde now. Could these two irritatingly attractive, jaw droppingly wealthy women be back together? Eh. Maybe. Maybe not. I don’t super care.
Lane Moore Drops New Track, “Be My Rachel Maddow”
It was Romance frontwoman and Tinder Live creator Lane Moore dropped a new track called “Be My Rachel Maddow,” about how she’s looking for a person of any gender to be her woke political bae. It’s an adorable acoustic track that’s begging for a creepy video.
Amber Heard Was Warned Coming Out As Bisexual Would 'End Her Career'
Amber Heard came out as bisexual to AfterEllen (my former workplace) in 2010, while she was dating photographer Tasya Van Ree. Since then, the actress has been through a very public marriage and nasty divorce to Johnny Depp. At The Economist's Pride and Prejudice business convention on March 23 in New York City, Heard discussed the impact of her “off the cuff” coming out. "I just answered honestly. I could tell by the look on this person's face it was a big deal. My poor publicist. Then I realized the gravity of what I had done and why so many people—studio execs, agents, advisors—did not want this coming before my name. I became attached to a label.” Heard continued, “ I've never seen myself defined by the person I'm with. I saw myself being in this unique position and having a unique responsibility. So, I bit the bullet."
After coming out as bisexual, Heard hoped the industry would still embrace her. "As a leading lady, there's a certain amount of wish fulfillment.” Heard explained, “I was asked, 'How is anyone going to invest in you romantically if they think you're unavailable?' I said, 'Watch me do it.’” Heard was right — she’s still a successful actress — but she eventually realized that to be out is to be defined by your label.
“I quickly became, not 'actress Amber Heard', but 'out lesbian Amber Heard'. It did impact my career, it was difficult... It was not easy. I was the only one working in this way, so it was definitely difficult because no one had done it. I did that even though everyone told me it would end my career, without a doubt.”
I think every LGBTQ person, famous or not, can relate to the alienation and disappointment that comes from being defined by our sexuality. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard my friends refer to me as “my gay friend, Chloe” or been told by mainstream news outlets that they’re not interested in anything I have to write unless it’s about being a lesbian and, often, sexualized or victimized. It’s painful and wrong. No matter your feelings about Heard as an actress, you have to respect her for being an out and proud bisexual woman in Hollywood at a time — very recently — when it was taboo.
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