People: Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Paris Jackson.
August 28, 2013 4:00 AM
Taylor Swift, left, and Selena Gomez sit together at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.
From Web and wire reports
Miley Cyrus has at least one supporter this week, and he's no stranger to controversy himself.
"Listen if it wasn't ur cup of tea -- all good but why is everyone spazzing? Hey -- she's doin something right. We all talkin," Adam Lambert wrote Monday on Twitter, People reports.
He stopped short, though, of saying he actually enjoyed the 20-year-old pop star's twerking routine with Robin Thicke.
"Hold up!" the "American Idol" runner-up later wrote. "I didn't actually state whether or not I liked @MileyCyrus performance. I merely said she was having fun and to cut her some slack."
Lambert has been there himself, having been criticized for his own racy performance at the 2009 American Music Awards -- telling People later that he "just got caught up in the moment."
One group that isn't cutting MTV any slack is the Parents Television Council, which issued a statement condemning the network for the show's overall racy content.
"MTV continues to sexually exploit young women by promoting acts that incorporate 'twerking' in a nude-colored bikini. How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds?" the statement said in part.
The PTC did not criticize Cyrus herself, but advisory board member Paul Porter said "heads should roll at MTV" because of her routine.
The PTC's criticism is particularly notable because Cyrus' father, Billy Ray Cyrus, is also an advisory board member for the group.
"This much is absolutely clear," the PTC said. "MTV marketed adults-only material to children while falsely manipulating the content rating to make parents think the content was safe for their children."
Did Taylor Swift really utter an expletive to Selena Gomez when One Direction and former love interest Harry Styles took the stage for the MTV Video Music Awards?
Don't ask Selena Gomez.
Swift's seemingly foul-mouthed reaction shot lit up social networks and became an instant GIF, The Associated Press reports. But Gomez reprimanded a reporter who asked what Swift said at the premiere of Gomez's new film, "Getaway," on Monday.
"Don't try that with me," Gomez told him.
The young star later said that she's protective of her friends.
"I think girls need to be more supportive of each other. I definitely agree with that. I'm all about that," she said. "Taylor has been one of those girls. We have been friends for five years. She is very strong. She doesn't care what people think and she inspires me."
Gomez won best pop video for "Come & Get It" at the ceremony Sunday and said she didn't expect to win.
"So I am watching the beautiful boys, One Direction who are not bad to look at, then they said my name. I looked at Taylor ... it was surreal. Because I do put so much work into my music. There's so much talk of everything. But I did put my heart and soul into it so I was really excited. It was great."
Move over, Heather Morris, it's Demi Lovato's turn to woo Naya Rivera, People reports.
"She's playing my love interest, so I'm very, very excited about it," "Glee" star Rivera, 26, revealed to MTV at the 2013 VMAs Sunday. "We get to sing a song together."
Rivera isn't the only one pleased about Lovato joining the show. Monday, the "X-Factor" judge tweeted that she was "Wayyyyy too excited" about joining the cast for season 5.
"I can't believe I'm going back to acting but the best part about it is that I get to act/sing with some of my really great friends," wrote the former star of Disney's "Sonny With a Chance."
Back in June, it was reported that Rivera's love interest, played by original cast member Morris, would not be returning as a series regular.
Meanwhile, Lovato's character is expected to make her debut during the highly anticipated Beatles episode and, according to E! Online, the girls will be performing the song "Here Comes the Sun."
Season 5 of "Glee" premieres Sept. 26 on Fox.
Two months after she was hospitalized following a suicide attempt, Paris Jackson is now "in a good place, getting the help she needs," according to her grandmother, Katherine Jackson, People reports.
Speaking from her late son Michael's Encino, Calif., estate, the Jackson matriarch, 83, tells Hello! magazine that Paris, 15, "is doing much better. ... The treatment is going good, really good."
Katherine, who with her grandson TJ shares legal guardianship of Paris and her brothers, Prince, 16, and Blanket, 11, also discusses the toll watching after Michael's daughter has taken on her.
"She's my baby. It's hard for me, really hard," says Katherine. "All I wanted these kids to be is happy. The night Michael died Paris was crying and said, 'I want to go and see daddy; I don't want to be without him.' "
Saying she doesn't always understand her grandkids -- especially "the whole social media thing. They are always on their phones" -- Katherine does recognize, "The kids are great. They are incredibly polite and that's down to the way Michael brought them up. He instilled good manners."
She also told of how she misses Michael, who this Thursday, would have turned 55.
"There's not a day goes by that I don't think about him; when I don't shed a tear," she said. "He was a very good father, the best. He was a good son, too."
Still, she notes that she and Michael had different parenting styles. The children no longer wear masks like they did when in public with Michael, and the two elder kids are no longer home-schooled.
"They were sheltered a lot when Michael raised them," she says "I had thought about it and I said, 'I am not going to raise them like that' ... But Michael had a good reason. He was trying to protect them."
Pittsburgh's Shannon Striner is one of nine lucky winners in Bethenny Frankel's new talk show's Calling All My Girls contest, a spokeswoman for the show "Bethenny" reports.
Fans had a chance to win a trip to New York for the Calling All My Girls launch party. Nine lucky winners nationwide were chosen to win a trip for two to New York City by visiting Bethenny.com and telling Bethenny why they are her biggest fan.
Striner, 33, is married and has a 6-month-old daughter. She works full time in media sales for Root Sports selling TV advertising for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Penguins.
"Being a new mom she looks to Bethenny for inspiration. Striner thinks Bethenny is amazing with all the roles she juggles! She has read all of Bethenny's books and has been following her since 'The Real Housewives of New York,'" the show spokeswoman said in a statement.
Striner will be traveling to New York City to attend a premiere week taping and premiere party on Sept. 6. "Bethenny" premieres at 11 a.m. Sept. 9 on WPXI-TV.