People: Taylor Swift, Gene Hackman, George Jones, Ne-Yo


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When it comes to finding love, there are certain things Taylor Swift won't compromise, People reports.

"I can't deal with someone wanting to take a relationship backward or needing space or cheating on you," she says in the December issue of Cosmopolitan. "It's a conscious thing: it's a common sense thing. ... I just don't ever want to end up in a relationship that isn't fair ever again."

Although she's been linked to actors, musicians and even a Kennedy, Swift, 22, is more concerned with chemistry than anything else.

"I need that unexplainable spark," she says. "I just need to see someone and feel oh, no, uh-oh. It's only happened a few times in my life, but I feel like if I was gonna be with someone forever, it would be because I saw them and I thought, Oh, no."

But while her love life provides endless inspiration for her hit songs, the Grammy Award winner says there's only one thing she'd do if she wasn't making music.

"Being a mom full time, doing everything for my kids, having a bunch of them," she says of her future aspirations. "That's the only other thing that could be as thrilling for me as doing this."

Actor Gene Hackman had given clothes, money and rides to a homeless man whom he slapped this week after the man became aggressive toward the Oscar-winning actor and his wife, according to a police report detailing the incident in Santa Fe, N.M., The Associated Press reports.

Police say Hackman acted in self-defense and no charges have been filed.

Hackman told officers he had helped Bruce Becker, 63, for several years, and Becker told a similar story. But their versions of the actual physical confrontation diverge, with Hackman saying he slapped the man once and Becker saying he was hit 10 to 12 times by the tough-guy actor.

The report released by Santa Fe police said both agreed the incident began when Becker approached Hackman and his wife, Betsy, on a street early Tuesday afternoon and asked for money.

Becker told police Hackman called him a worthless bum and told him to get a job. Hackman said he told Becker to get a job and tried to walk away, but Becker kept following him and his wife asking for money and calling them by a derogatory name.

Becker said he told Hackman, "Gene, you are just another Clint Eastwood, you are nothing but an empty chair," an apparent reference to Eastwood's Republican National Convention appearance this summer. He said that's when Hackman went "ballistic" and began "pummeling" him, he told officers.

Hackman, 82, told police Becker became angry when he refused to give him money, called him a name and moved in close in a threatening manner. The actor told officers that's when he slapped Becker once to fend him off and both fell to the ground.

A Minnesota casino says legendary country singer George Jones is ill and has canceled a concert scheduled this week, the AP reports.

Jones was scheduled to perform Friday at the Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center in Mahnomen. That concert had been rescheduled from April, when Jones needed more time to recover from an upper respiratory infection.

Shooting Star released a statement from Jones' management team, saying the 81-year-old singer has gotten a virus and is being treated by doctors.

Jones apologized to his fans for the inconvenience.

Shooting Star says there are no plans to reschedule the performance. Ticket-buyers will receive a refund.

Ne-Yo feels right at home in Nashville, according to the Associated Press.

The silky-voiced R&B star joined Tim McGraw for a surprise performance Wednesday night. The two sang a pair of duets for a crowd of a few hundred invited guests at a private event on the eve of the Country Music Association Awards.

"For me, I feel like in another life I might've been a country artist," Ne-Yo said in an interview after the performance.

And he's not joking. He's found lots to love about country music since first joining McGraw for a Nashville-style songwriting session a few years back.

"Faith Hill actually made me fried chicken," Ne-Yo said. "She cooked fried chicken for me and it was fantastic. I knew I was coming out here to write, so I was expecting to go to like a studio and hear some skeletal track and then just go from there. I went to Tim and Faith's house. It was me, Tim and a guy with a guitar in the living room as the kids ran around, and it was the greatest writing experience I've ever had in my life."

The two sang McGraw's "Only Human" from his "Emotional Traffic" album. Then they wrapped up with Ne-Yo's "She Is" from his Nov. 6 release "R.E.D."

A loose, upbeat McGraw threw the party to debut new material from his first Big Machine Records album "Two Lanes of Freedom," out Feb. 5. He was slated to perform his new single "One of Those Nights" on the CMA Awards and will join Hill in a tribute to Willie Nelson.

Ne-Yo can't make it to tonight's show. He's shooting a video for "Forever Now." But he vowed to return to Nashville soon.

"We're definitely going to do it again," he said. "I met a lot of very important people in there. I met Tim's management and the Big Machine people, and just expect to see some more of this cross-pollination happening."

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First Published November 2, 2012 4:00 AM


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