One Direction Isn't Allowed to Eat Junk Food on Tour and More Celebrity News
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Sorry, McDonald's... these boys are aren't allowed to have Big Macs. Also, Ryan Gosling is on a mission to save some cows
Jay-Z and Beyoncé celebrated their fifth anniversary at La Guarida restaurant in Havana, Cuba. The couple dined with their mothers and are enjoying a well-deserved vacation. [The Daily Meal]
Jennifer Garner took daughter Violet to a McDonald's in Los Angeles for a Happy Meal. [JustJared]
Kim Kardashian and her sisters Khloe, and Kourtney had lunch at Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks, Calif. [Just Jared]
While on a date at Joe's Shanghai in Manhattan, Jonah Hill had a seriously uncomfortable fan encounter. [NY Post]
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson headed to the Casbah Café in Los Feliz, Calif., for some coffee and downtime with pals. [Popsugar]
Alec Baldwin had dinner at The General in New York City with pregnant wife Hilaria and daughter Ireland. [NY Post]
Seen & Heard
Gwyneth Paltrow promoted her new cookbook, It's All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great, at Los Angeles' Chateau Marmont with the help of husband Chris Martin and their kids Moses and Apple. [Popsugar]
Jessica Alba sipped a cocktail on the beach while vacationing in St. Barts. [Popsugar]
Ryan Gosling is on a mission to save some cows, seriously. [The Daily Meal]
Wilmer Valderrama and pal Ashton Kutcher grabbed drinks with some buddies in Los Angeles. [Instagram/WilmerValderrama]
Julianne Hough enjoyed an Easter mimosa. [Instagram/JulesHough]
Taylor Swift went grocery shopping at Bristol Farms in Los Angeles. [Perez Hilton]
Causing a ton of buzz lately due to her erratic behavior, Amanda Bynes is at it again. The star tweeted: "I have an eating disorder so I have a hard time staying thin." [Twitter/AmandaBynes]
The late great Roger Ebert loved Steak n' Shake and rice cookers, apparently. [Grub Street]
Siena Miller and fiancé Tom Sturridge lunched in Manhattan's West Village neighborhood. [Just Jared]
One Direction isn't allowed to eat junk food while on tour. [Oh No, They Didn't]
Meghan Markle, Taylor Swift, and Other Celebrities You Never Knew Promoted Fast Food
How many of your favorite celebs have flirted with cheeseburgers?
To look at this list you'd think the first step in becoming a veritable Hollywood star is appearing in a promo for Carl's Jr. Sure, a commercial is a coveted gig for any upstart actor, but we're willing to bet big bucks a few of the thespians in the photos ahead cringe whenever this footage resurfaces. The gloriously awkward, the iconic, and the truly surprising&hellip from royals to Oscar winners, here&rsquos a round-up of everybody you completely forgot (or never knew) once promoted junk food.
A young Leonardo DiCaprio is all of us when we&rsquore hangry for &lsquofat-free cheese&rsquo and mom says &ldquono, no, no, they&rsquore for your dad, you know he&rsquos watching his cholesterol&rdquo in this EPIC commercial from 1989.
Like everything Kristen Wiig touches, her 2017 &ldquoEveryman&rdquo campaign with Pizza Hut is gold. Portraying a variety of &lsquoeveryman&rsquo characters and personalities, the commercial is actually hysterical.
Before Steve Carrell made it big, he starred in a 1990 commercial for Brown&rsquos Chicken. Watching the ad is like watching a young Michael Scott&mdashwhich is, of course, a beautiful thing.
A young Cameron Diaz starred in a couple of surprisingly artsy and beautiful Coca-Cola commercials back in the early 90s, as part of Coca-Cola&rsquos &ldquoCan&rsquot Beat the Real Thing&rdquo campaign. Filmed at the very beginning of Diaz&rsquos career, the ads must have put her on the map she&rsquod soon go on to star opposite Jim Carrey in The Mask.
Back in 2004, McDonald&rsquos hired the Olsen twins to promote its Happy Meals in France. A CNN Money article from the time reported that McDonald&rsquos French site showed the then-teens and the various branded items, including a pre-Elizabeth-and-James &ldquosac en jean Mary-Kate and Ashley.&rdquo
Back in 1996, then 26-year-old Brad Pitt appeared shirtless in a beach party-esque spot for Pringles. The plot line in the commercial is rather avant-garde and undefined, but young Pitt makes it worth a watch.
Another young heartthrob, another bizarre plot line. Young Ben Affleck gets a call on his cellular device&mdasha gadget with an antenna and all&mdashfrom a mysterious, sultry-voiced woman asking him to pick her up Burger King. Affleck decides he's game. He proceeds to anonymously drop off the Burger King order at an attractive girl&rsquos house (there's a hole in the plot, as we don't know how he's come to know her address) before his dad calls him and summons him home. If this 1989 commercial sounds like somebody's "really weird dream from last night," it probably is, and yet it kind of works.
YUP. Back in 2009, before Meghan Markle was even Rachel Zane on Suits and long before she was a member of the royal family, she starred in a Tostitos commercial. The commercial was called &ldquo3 Ingredients&rdquo and starred Markle as a grocery shopper pondering which chips to buy for a get-together with friends. Watch the spot here.
While you should try to maintain an overall healthy diet for you and your unborn baby, sneaking in a treat now and then is not the end of the world. You&aposre not well on your way to being a horrible mother because you snuck in some chocolate after lunch. Cut yourself some slack and enjoy a little indulgence here and there—guilt-free!
When there is another human quite literally sucking the life out of you, it&aposs not unusual to lose your temper on occasion. You may find yourself a little snappier than usual with those closest to you—or even the cashier at the grocery store on occasion. Try not to feel too bad about it. You&aposre doing enough for the world right now so it totally cancels out your newfound road rage.
The Healthy Change Target Is Making to Checkout Lines
If you always fall victim to the chips, candy, and soda on display by the cash register, you'll be thrilled to learn that Target is moving in a more healthy direction. Next month, there will be 30 stores that swap out junk food offerings in the checkout line with lighter options like Kind Bars and Target's own Simply Balanced brand of healthy snacks. While Target won't be totally eliminating unhealthy items from the checkout line — just cutting down on its volume — it's hoping that having healthier picks handy will make the smart snacking on the go easier for shoppers.
This is just one of the new initiatives Target recently rolled out to support the health and wellness of its customers and employees. In addition to heavily discounting its C9 clothing and offering healthier cafeteria options to workers, Target will also be outfitting all 365,000 of its employees with a Fitbit — talk about work perks!
The Final Question About David Foster Wallace's Suicide
The new biopic The End of the Tour forces us to ask: Do we worship Wallace because he killed himself?
The greatest surprise of The End of the Tour is that it is what it says it is&mdasha straight adaptation of David Lipsky's Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, which is itself a straight account of the end of David Foster Wallace's 1996 tour for Infinite Jest. The movie (out July 31) is, by orders of magnitude, the most accurate film ever made about the writer's life so accurate I wonder if anyone who isn't a writer will care to watch it. The irony of that realism is obvious: The practitioner of grand postmodern comic excesses ends up in a quiet, almost academic, meditation on the nature of writing and life.
The publicity around the film has been much more Wallacean than the film itself, fortunately. In May, I received an e-mail that could have come right out of a David Foster Wallace short story about the aftermath of a successful writer's suicide (I leave in the mistakes of punctuation and grammar because I find them revealing):
Good afternoon, Stephen,
On behalf of A24 Studios I'm reaching out to you to gauge your interest in contributing to a Medium publication based on David Foster Wallace's ideas and insights. You've got an unique voice and interesting perspectives on literature influence, pop culture and the media. We'd love to have you as a contributor.
I asked if I could see an advance screener of the movie before I made up my mind whether to contribute or not. The publicist wrote back:
So what we're thinking is we'd like to have contributors like yourself sign up for 1-4 pieces over the course of the summer (June & July). Currently, we're aiming for upwards of 50 articles in the Medium pub, each featuring illustrations.
Here is a handful of article topic ideas we're leaning towards. As you'll see, the topics are less about the film and more about abstract themes covered in the film.
&bullArticle on the addictive nature of junk food, why we love it, and what we love about it. Select DWF quotes interspersed.
&bullArticle about the nature of the internet and the effect that it has on your social life. The saturation of images and information. DFW quotes interspersed.
&bullResponse pieces to quotes like, "I think a lot of people feel&ndash&ndashnot overwhelmed by the amount of stuff they have to do. But overwhelmed by the number of choices they have, and by the number of discrete, different things that come at them."
&bullArticle on books and fiction as an antidote to loneliness. DFW felt that books existed to prevent loneliness.
Such is the nature of American literary fame, I suppose. One morning you write, "I am seated in an office, surrounded by heads and bodies," and then you commit suicide, and then publicists are asking other writers to write fast food-themed articles, interspersed with a selection of your quotations, for a self-publishing Internet platform, in order to sell a movie about your memory. No wonder so many American writers stop writing once they become famous.
The End of the Tour, featuring Jason Segel as Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as Lipsky, is more than a biopic of a successful writer. It is also a historical recreation&mdashmore of spirit than of setting&mdashof 1996, that strange, seemingly ahistorical moment before the tech bubble formed and then burst, before September 11, before the reformulation of the economic order and the decline of the middle class, a time in which the biggest problem facing white America was that it was getting too rich, too decadent. "I had survived (in a way)," Wallace wrote, "being pampered to death (in a way)."
In the most direct way, the film captures the exact moment when literary culture was overwhelmed by pop culture. Wallace's fame was itself symptomatic of the transition he's frequently compared to Kurt Cobain. Infinite Jest itself was famously displayed more often than read. Lipsky and David Foster Wallace are both novelists, but they barely discuss novels in The End of the Tour. They talk about how good Die Hard is, the first Die Hard. They talk about Alanis Morissette, and Broken Arrow, and the Mall of America, which they are still literate enough to understand as an enclosed world of its own symbology. At one point, Wallace bridles against Lipsky's suggestion, and it was a ludicrous suggestion, that he was addicted to heroin Wallace's addiction, as he well knew, was to television.
These are the conditions under which what we now call the hipster was born. And Wallace is the most likely author to find tattooed on the arms of a bearded young man in a gentrifying neighborhood. What Wallace faced in his brief exposure to fame was the difficulty of trying to pose as not being a poser. Wallace could never reconcile the competing demands of irony and sincerity in himself or in his work. "This is nice. This is not real," Wallace tells Lipsky about his sudden burst of celebrity in The End of the Tour. At one point, Lipsky asks him why he wears the bandana. He tries to explain that it's not a look, it's more a psychological comfort blanket, and that he would take it off but he can't, because if he were to take it off, it would be conceding to critics. "Wallace dreaded interviews," D.T. Max wrote in his 2013 biography, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story. "Life for him had the quality of a performance, and being called on to perform within that performance was too much." He hated interviews yet permitted himself to be interviewed for three days straight.
It's easy to mock this as some narcissistic obsession, which it no doubt was, but the questions Wallace confronted so assiduously are the same questions that anyone who is on Facebook today must confront. "Is that too pomo and cute?" Wallace asks himself. "Who the fuck do you think you're kidding?" Lipsky asks Wallace. By now, the term hipster is utterly exhausted, an imprecation with overtones of a class slur, but the term survives no matter how little anyone wants to use it, because the hipster struggles with and against authenticity, with the emerging class markers of post-Reagan American life, with the conflict between irony and sincerity, are symptoms of a generalized claustrophobia generated by economic forces that are growing only more intense. How to be different in a world that markets away all difference into mere distinctions of taste? How to be fully human in the emptiness of consumer capitalism? David Foster Wallace, in 1996, was at the birth of that constellation of questions without answer. Lipsky stood witness.
Wallace's suicide was at the heart of the nexus of social and intellectual problems he unveiled. All mentions of David Foster Wallace, out of habit, begin with his final act, and it's not hard to see why. Wallace's death had double prestige, first as a literary suicide, in the tradition of Hemingway and Woolf, and then as a rock 'n' roll suicide, in the tradition of Kurt Cobain. Artists who kill themselves are comforting in their familiarity.
Wallace himself resisted this identification. There are artists who turn their suicides into works of art&mdashconnecting their choice of death and their art&mdashbut he was not one of them. The great British experimental novelist B.S. Johnson left a bottle of brandy for whomever would find his body and a note that read:
Kurt Cobain ended his suicide note with a quote from Neil Young's Rust Never Sleeps. Even in college, Wallace resisted the ancient cult of writerly melancholia. D.T. Max credits his proximity to real depression with dissuading him from the celebration of fantasy depression, indulged by some of his friends:
Wallace again thought about hurting himself. McLagan was on his mind. During their hours in the "womb," Wallace had debated suicide with McLagan. Music playing, they kicked around the fate of Ian Curtis of Joy Division, who hanged himself at the age of twenty-three. In high school McLagan himself had once stood on the edge of an overpass with a bottle of champagne in his hand, contemplating throwing himself onto the Illinois Tollway. For McLagan, killing yourself could be the fitting&mdashmaybe even necessary&mdashexit for the sensitive artist from the brutal world. Wallace, though he'd known a despair deeper than his friends could imagine, wasn't so sure. Suicide looked to him like an escape rather than a solution. He knew depression too well to see it as glamorous.
Whether Wallace's creativity was the result of his psychological instability is, I suppose, one of the grand questions, but as far as I can tell from the study of his biography, the periods where the Nardil was working were the periods of real productivity. Quite simply, his death was the result of a psychopharmacological catastrophe: He didn't like the side effects of the medication he was on he went off it and couldn't get back on.
Despite his resistance to the glamour of suicide, he was nonetheless intimately drawn to it as a subject for his work. There is his highly personal description of his mother, "Suicide as a Sort of Present," from Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. Just before his death, D.T. Max reports, he was reading Camus' The Myth of Sisyphus, which begins, "There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide." And in the piece that really made Wallace famous, his essay "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again," he identified suicide as the core of the cruise ship experience:
This one incident made the Chicago news. Some weeks before I underwent my own Luxury Cruise, a sixteen-year old male did a Brody off the upper deck of a Megaship&mdashI think a Carnival or Crystal ship&mdasha suicide. The news version was that it had been an unhappy adolescent love thing, a shipboard romance gone bad, etc. I think part of it was something else, something there's no way a real news story could cover.
There is something about a mass-market Luxury Cruise that's unbearably sad. Like most unbearably sad things, it seems incredibly elusive and complex in its causes and simple in its effect: on board the Nadir&mdashespecially at night, when all the ship's structured fun and reassurances and gaiety-noise ceased&mdashI felt despair. The word's overused and banalified now, despair, but it's a serious word, and I'm using it seriously. For me it denotes a simple admixture&mdasha weird yearning for death combined with a crushing sense of my own smallness and futility that presents as a fear of death. It's maybe close to what people call dread or angst. But it's not these things, quite. It's more like wanting to die in order to escape the unbearable feeling of becoming aware that I'm small and weak and selfish and going without any doubt at all to die. It's wanting to jump overboard.
Adam Levine: the Rebel’s Guide to Success
Adam Levine has cleared the furniture out of his living room and basically installed an Equinox.
Two personal trainers wait for him inside, armed with kettlebells, bouncy exercise balls, and enough Cybex machines to wear out a professional football team. Levine bounds into the room and starts to stretch a hamstring. “I like the way I look when I work out,” he says. “I’m not doing it to be vain—though that’s part of it. But it feels so good. I’m happy all the fucking time. Seriously, without yoga and working out, I’d be a mess.”
It’s a rainy December afternoon in Los Angeles, and Levine, who works out six days a week, is dressed in a black tank top and gray mesh shorts, and he’s primed to get good and sweaty. With fitness, as with everything in his life, nothing is half-assed. After all, this is a guy who isn’t content with one tattoo, he has sleeves. He isn’t just a pop star, the lead singer for the band Maroon 5, he’s a bona fide TV star, too—the alpha-male coach of NBC’s hugely successful singing competition The Voice. So it only makes sense that Levine doesn’t have one trainer. He has a team.
His yoga instructor, Chad Dennis—who also trains One Direction’s Harry Styles and wears his hair in the same man-bun—tells me they’ve been working out together, on and off, for eight years. Dennis often travels with Maroon 5 on tour. He recalls an early conversation with Levine’s manager. “He called me and said, ‘How much would it cost to buy you for the year?’ I threw out some absurd number. Literally 10 seconds later, he was like, ‘Done.’”
As Levine flashes his flexibility by extending his body upward into tree pose, I can’t help but notice there’s a playfulness to him that doesn’t translate to any screen. Unlike his persona on The Voice, where he often (intentionally) comes off like a confrontational jerk from an ’80s movie, in person he’s more like the handsome, mischievous kid from your Hebrew school class—the kid who hung out in the bathroom during Shabbat services bragging about two girls he made out with at camp. But that’s part of his appeal: The dude’s just the right amount of threatening without being dangerous.
It’s a formula that is clearly working out for him. Besides, say, Justin Timberlake or Beyoncé, Levine’s about as successful as a musical artist can be, flourishing in a fearful industry plagued by plummeting record sales and shaky alliances with streaming services like Spotify and Pandora. Though technically his side gig, appearing on The Voice, which premiered in 2011, currently earns him roughly $22 million a year.
Maroon 5’s latest album, V, released in 2014, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts on the heels of the band’s most profitable touring year ever the previous year. In 2013, he took a big swing at Hollywood when he starred opposite Keira Knightley in the drama Begin Again. And February marked the beginning of Maroon 5’s next world tour, with a two-night run at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Yet that’s only part of Adam Levine Inc. After trash-talking celebrity fragrances in 2011 (he tweeted: “I also would like to put an official ban on celebrity fragrances. Punishable by death from this point forward.”), Levine released his own eponymous “eau de parfum” two years later. He shills for the acne skin care line Proactiv. He recently signed a deal with NBC to produce a sitcom partly inspired by his life. And he’s even gotten into the mass-market fashion business, starting a clothing line sold exclusively at Kmart.
In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter estimated his yearly earnings at $35 million. “I don’t see myself as any sort of mogul,” he says. “I think that’s hilarious that that’s even said. But, at the same time, I take a lot of opportunities that come my way.”
In the meantime, Levine’s managed to become something of a divisive cultural talking point. He was mocked on an episode of HBO’s Girls. (Stuck in the car on a road trip, the main character, played by Lena Dunham, sings along to Maroon 5’s “One More Night” until her boyfriend silences the radio with his fist.) When People magazine named Levine the Sexiest Man Alive in 2013, the website Jezebel called it a “stunning victory for douche bags everywhere.”
Ouch. Of course, every huge star has plenty of fans and haters alike, but there’s something about Levine that seems to bring out particularly strong opinions in both of them. Could it be his privileged upbringing? Or is it his Steve Perry–esque, falsetto voice? Or is it simply rooted in jealousy? After all, he’s been linked to basically every woman you’ve ever crushed on, from tennis pro Maria Sharapova to Hollywood stars like Jessica Simpson and Cameron Diaz. This year he married supermodel Behati Prinsloo. (But if you fear domesticity taking its toll on Levine, know that he’s hung a decorative wooden block over their kitchen sink that reads: “The only reason I would kick you out of bed is to fuck you on the floor.”) And by now the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is basically a reunion episode from his own personal season of The Bachelor.
But as I watch Levine transition from yoga poses into a set of punishing reverse burpees, it’s clear that he resides at the eye of his own storm: He’s all focused intensity. He’s also pushing himself too damn hard—each burpee has more burst than the one before it—to be simply some self-satisfied rocker cruising through life. And just when I think he’s ready to slow down, he cranks his Beastie Boys Pandora station up even louder and rolls onto his back for a set of reverse crunches. “He’s in the best shape of anybody I’ve ever trained,” says his at-home trainer, Teri Ann Krefting, who works for celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. “Honestly, he works out like crazy.”
OK, now I’m curious: Just where the hell does all this intensity come from?
Adam Levine, Age 35, was raised in Los Angeles, where his father owns an upscale chain of clothing stores called M. Fredric. As a young man, Adam used to appear in the store’s local TV commercials. He and his dad remain very close. He shows me a photo of them running a 10K for charity in 1985, and Levine the elder looks straight-up Magnum P.I., complete with mustache and muscular arms.
Levine grew up going to fancy private schools and spent at least one summer at a theater camp in upstate New York. (When Taylor Swift appeared on The Voice, she revealed that Levine’s weakness is “musical theater songs.”) As a kid, he celebrated holidays with his parents’ best friends, who happen to be actor Jonah Hill’s parents. In high school, Levine started a rock band he and his buddies played clubs on the Sunset Strip and got drunk and smoked weed at Hollywood house parties. So, if he’s so confident in who he is today—and we’ll get to that soon—perhaps it’s because he knows who he isn’t.
“I fucking grew up in L.A. with a bunch of hipsters I constantly wanted to smack in the mouth,” Levine says. “They were all so goddamn cool. I hated it. I’m like, ‘Guys, I don’t want to be cool. Fuck that. It’s stupid. It’s boring. And it’s sad. I want to have fun. And make pop music.’”
It turns out you can do both. Maroon 5’s first album, Songs About Jane—a breakup album, basically, about Levine’s stomped-on heart—has sold more than 5 million copies. The band won the 2005 Grammy for Best New Artist, and Levine enjoyed the spoils like so many rock stars before him. But it wasn’t enough. By late 2010, the group hit a crossroads. “The band was struggling a bit,” he says. “We were still successful. But we were three albums in. [The music] really wasn’t fresh anymore. It wasn’t working.” That’s when Mark Burnett, the TV producer behind Survivor, gave him a call.
On paper, the idea of doing The Voice—an American Idol knockoff with a high-concept twist (the celebrity judges, including Levine, compete for the chance to coach the contestants)—didn’t make much sense. Says Levine: “It’s not like I was some sort of Svengali, thinking, ‘The Voice will open the door for my “branding,” and then I’ll do the clothing line.’ I thought it was going to be, at best, a paycheck and an experience. And maybe, like, a small blemish on my career. But that it was going to enhance the credibility of our band? I could never have told you that.”
The biggest knock against The Voice is that, after seven seasons, the show hasn’t produced one Kelly Clarkson–level star. But that’s not exactly true. The music act that’s benefited the most from The Voice is Maroon 5. The song “Moves Like Jagger” (which featured The Voice co-star Christina Aguilera) became the sixth-top-selling digital download of all time. All that advertising-friendly primetime exposure has made Levine a bona fide megastar, and he hasn’t been shy about cashing in on his marketability. When he senses a looming question about greed, he cuts me off: “I’ve pulled out of deals for things that didn’t feel right.” I mention Proactiv. “I grew up with horrible cystic acne,” he says.
“I was in high school. I was a pissed-off teenager. When Proactiv came to me, I was like, Great, I get to make some money and also help a kid get it together. It felt like an honest transaction.” Of the Kmart collection, he insists: “They’re fucking great clothes.” He’s not finished.
He points to the kitchen counter, telling me there are two bottles of tequila there he might endorse. “The whole nature of the music business has changed so much,” Levine says. “Back in the day, everyone had a lot of pride and a certain purity. That was a really beautiful thing. But that’s changed. Rather than lamenting things not being that way anymore—which is something I spent plenty of time doing—I’m more interested in exploring what the future is. People are really hung up on a lot of things they don’t need to be hung up on anymore.” In other words: Don’t hate the player, hate the game.
I ask him whether the band’s fans have changed since The Voice. “No,” he says with a laugh. “There’s just more of them.” He takes another minute to think on the subject and then adds: “You know what’s rock and roll? Doing whatever the fuck you want to do.”
Levine’s grab-every-opportunity philosophy isn’t much different from the principle that fuels his training program. “I’m going to get older, and I won’t be able to do a lot of this shit,” he says, pointing at a kettlebell. “At least I’ll be able to be like, ‘I did that shit once.’ I want to see what I can do with my body.”
Right now he can do quite a lot. When Krefting kicks the shit out of him, Levine eases up only on exercises that could strain his elbow, which is currently wrapped in an elastic brace. “I’ve got a little bit of golf elbow,” he explains, laughing. “How do you hurt yourself playing golf? It’s the lamest way to hurt yourself.”He’s such a golf nut these days he says he studies pro golfers’ swings on YouTube late at night. I ask him if he has trouble sleeping.
“My problem is, I never want to go to sleep, because I’m too stoked to be alive. I’m always like, Yeah! I’m in bed, but I could be doing something awesome right now.” Dennis, his yoga instructor, laughs: “Every day is Christmas for Adam.” It’s a joke, but he’s kind of right. Levine seems to be having more fun than your typical megastar, which is what makes him such an appealing presence on TV and in music videos to begin with.
For the video of the song “Animals,” he and his real-life wife stripped naked and covered themselves in blood. I mention to him that Girls star Dunham recently commented on the graphic lyrics of that song, tweeting: “I am an adult woman who writes a lot about sex for my job and I am still scandalized when Adam Levine sings about being ‘inside’ someone.” Levine bursts out laughing, then gets excited. “Did I out-sex her?” The lyric in question is, “But don’t deny the animal that comes alive when I’m inside you.”
“It’s not exactly shrouded in metaphor,” he says, adding of Maroon 5’s singles. “It’s become kind of a game: How do I say the same thing everyone says but do it in a slightly more evocative way? That’s one of the exciting things about music: You get to fuck with people. The problem with music nowadays is it’s so fucking boringly safe a lot of the time. ”
I should say: This is the second time I’ve met Levine. The first was for a story almost two years ago. He’d recently gone through a breakup, and on the subject of settling down, he’d told me: “If you don’t get married, you can’t get divorced. Why couldn’t we learn from the devastatingly low percentage of successful marriages that our last generation went through?”
Today I read the quote back to him, and he levels with me. “That comes from a man who’s afraid,” he says, “who’s operating out of fear.” I ask him if he felt afraid.
“Wasn’t it obvious in that quote?” he says. “You’re basically admitting that you’re afraid to get married because of divorce. You shouldn’t be afraid to do things. It’s not a good way to live your life.”
As we near the end of our interview, he tells me to “make him look cool,” referencing a line (“Is it that hard to make us look cool?”) from Almost Famous. But I don’t think he really cares. He knows who he is: a certified pop star with good taste—in women, in fitness, and even in architecture. He’s got a Philippe Starck–designed bedside lamp shaped like an AK-47 and works by Warhol and Basquiat in storage.
The house we’re in right now is a rental, a massive French country estate in Encino that belongs to former Entertainment Tonight host Leeza Gibbons. Levine’s living here while he guts a $4.8 million spread he bought in 2012 he expected the renovations to take a year, but it’s now going on two. (“Permits,” he says, shaking his head.) He talks animatedly about the cathedral ceiling in the new house and the ice bath he’s installing because he likes the way it soothes muscles after a workout. He’s even learning to cook. As for having kids, well, the clock is ticking. “My mom ain’t asking,” he says, “because she knows it’ll happen.”
As his workout wraps up, Levine wipes a tsunami of sweat off his face and reminds Krefting that he’s taking tomorrow off. Behati is flying home from London tonight, and she’s going to want to sleep in. “My wife is spoiled,” Levine says. “She’s blessed with good genetics. She eats cheeseburgers and drinks beer. She’s my kind of girl.”
I express doubt that someone who wears underwear on a runway eats cheeseburgers and drinks beer with any regularity. After all, they say, pretending to eat junk food is something skinny women do to make other women feel bad about themselves, right? “For 99% of women,” says Levine, that’s true. “My girl—she’s chowing down! She only cares about what she eats because I care about what I eat. She doesn’t need to. She’s young. When she gets older she’ll have to work out.” I ask if he’s told her that.
“She’s 26. When I was 26, if you told me to work out and eat well? I’d be like, ‘Go fuck yourself, I’m 26!’”
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- DailyMailTV spotted Chaz Bono for the first time since lockdown began
- The 51-year-old actor and writer was seen taking his four cats to the West Hollywood Animal Hospital on Tuesday afternoon
- He dropped off his cats wearing a navy t-shirt, gray shorts and sandals
- Also seen was Chaz's girlfriend, former child star Shara Blues Mathes, 50, who was seen outside of their home
- The pair live together in West Hollywood and have been dating for over a year
Published: 21:29 BST, 22 October 2020 | Updated: 23:21 BST, 22 October 2020
Chaz Bono has been spotted for the first time during lockdown as he made an emergency dash to an animal hospital for his four cats.
The reclusive 51-year-old actor and writer dropped off his cats to the West Hollywood Animal Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.
He hasn't been pictured since April 2019 and was last seen attending an event in February, right before the pandemic hit.
The son of music superstar Cher and the late Sonny Bono dropped off his cats for treatment wearing a navy t-shirt, gray shorts and sandals, as well as a mask.
Also seen was Chaz's girlfriend, former child actress Shara Blue Mathes, 50, who was dressed in a t-shirt and cargo pants with sandals outside of their home. Her sleeve of tattoos was on full display.
The pair live together in West Hollywood and have been dating for over a year.
DailyMailTV spotted Chaz Bono on Tuesday afternoon for the first time since lockdown began
Chaz dropped off his cats for treatment wearing a navy T-shirt, gray shorts and flip-flops
The 51-year-old actor and writer was seen taking his four cats to the West Hollywood Animal Hospital on Tuesday afternoon and veterinarians were seen taking the cats
Chaz Bono's cats are seen in the crate as veterinarians carefully take them for treatment
DailyMail.com revealed the happy couple's relationship last year.
While sources revealed that Mathes wasn't looking for a relationship at the time, the romance blossomed.
Mathes, from Hollywood, California, was 15 when she starred alongside a 16-year-old Jason Bateman in the TV comedy series It's Your Move. The series ended in 1985.
She left the industry behind and now works for the homeless charity Housing Works in Los Angeles.
She previously revealed a dark time when drug addiction led to her being unable to care for her son Cooper for two years.
Bono's mother Cher gave her blessing to the relationship, with Chaz taking Mathes to Australia to see his mother perform at the Adelaide Entertainment Center last year.
He also took her to New York to see the Broadway show The Cher Show, which depicts his mother's life with his father Sonny Bono.
Also seen was Chaz's girlfriend, former actress Shara Blues Mathes, 50
The pair live together in West Hollywood and have been dating for over a year. She was spotted outside of their home
Before Mathes, Chaz feared he would spend his life alone following a 2011 breakup with girlfriend Jennifer Elia. 'I seem to repel women I am attracted to,' he said in 2015
As 'Sonny and Cher', Chaz's parents became one of the world's best known musical couples with their classic I Got You Babe. Their only child, was eight when the couple divorced in 1977
Before Mathes, Chaz feared he would spend his life alone following a 2011 breakup with girlfriend Jennifer Elia. 'I seem to repel women I am attracted to,' he said in 2015.
And when Chaz was first introduced to divorcee Mathes in Spring 2017, sources say Mathes was not looking for a relationship.
However, just months later, romance blossomed and friends told DailyMailTV the couple realized they could both relate to growing up in the entertainment industry and suffering from drug addiction.
As 'Sonny and Cher', Chaz's parents became one of the world's best known musical couples with their classic I Got You Babe. Their only child, was eight when the couple divorced in 1977.
Cher, her mother Georgia Holt, son Chaz Bono and Chaz's girlfriend Shara Blue Mathes celebrate Georgia's 91st birthday in Malibu, California
Chaz Bono and his girlfriend Mathes posed for a holiday photo on December 24, 2018 in West Hollywood, California
Cher, on her Here We Go Again Tour, posed for pictures with Mathes. She has also been seen in family photos with Cher and her mother Georgia Holt.
Mathes and Bono were given star treatment when they saw the Cher Show and were allowed to go backstage of the Neil Simon Theatre and pose with the show's props.
In a photo she posted with Bono on January 7, Mathes wrote the message, 'Backstage in his Mom and Dad's bed, oh my. '
They've already had some very high-profile encounters
Just days before Ella and Alexander made their official world debut, the twins entertained an audience with a very special guest: former President of the United States Barack Obama. Chances are, based on their father's history of interactions with Obama, they'll probably get to meet him face to face eventually. Clooney famously hosted personal campaign fundraisers for Obama, and the two remained chummy throughout Obama's presidency, even playing a round of basketball together in 2016. In other words: Ella and Alexander were literally born with friends in high places.
Implementing a Keto Cheat Day the “Right” Way
Whether you’ve been following keto for a few weeks or a few months, it can be a lifestyle transition. While you may have started keto as a means to achieve weight loss, fat loss, or improved body composition, hopefully, you’re experiencing other mental, physical, and emotional benefits. These could include improved energy, heightened mental clarity, and feeling good about your food choices.
Most of all, the keto diet can teach you to listen to your body. You’ve probably noticed you feel better when you eat a diet based on fresh, green produce, high-quality protein, and healthy fats than you do when eating lots of carbs and highly processed foods
In other words, once you’ve followed keto for a significant period of time, you probably won’t crave the high-carb, sugary foods you once did.
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If you do — whether it’s a special occasion or you simply would love to get your hands on a slice of pizza — know that there are plenty of ways (including delicious keto-friendly recipes and keto-friendly alternatives) to enjoy these foods.
Follow a Cyclical Ketogenic Diet
On the Cyclical Ketogenic Diet (CKD), you would only eat a strict keto diet for five days within a seven day period. Many times, people choose to eat a standard keto diet during the weekdays, and following a high-carb approach on the weekends.
While this will still likely kick you out of the metabolic state of ketosis, following a CKD can make eating keto more mentally manageable for some people.
Enjoy Keto Desserts and Comfort Foods
With the growing popularity of paleo, keto, and low-carb diets, the number of keto-friendly dessert recipes is endless. These recipes recreate your favorite treats and comfort foods with healthy ingredients with a low net-carb count so you don’t have to feel restricted.
For example, baked goods are often made from almond flour or coconut flour instead of white flour, and sweetened with monk fruit or stevia instead of white sugar.
On this site, you’ll find keto-friendly versions of some of your favorite desserts and comfort foods, including:
Experience Life Without Feeling Restricted
A diet that causes physical or emotional deprivation cannot be considered healthy. Therefore, if you’re experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime moment, such as eating Italian pizza in Rome or eating a slice of cake at your grandmother’s 90th birthday, then it’s your choice as to whether you want to deviate from strict keto.
Ideally, following keto will help you to eat intuitively, knowing when you want to treat yourself and when you want to stick to green veggies, protein, and healthy fats. When faced with an opportunity to deviate from your keto meal plan, no matter what the occasion, hopefully you take the time to pause, assess the situation, and ask yourself if that particular food (and the experience that goes with it) is worth it.
A slice of homemade apple pie from your grandmother? That might be worth it. A store-bought candy bar over your lunch hour? Maybe not.
On Her Workouts
"I've tried every workout, and I think that's a journey everyone has to go through to figure out what works for your body. The best advice I can give is to make sure that it's fun. Working out doesn't have to be lifting weights or spinning—it can be Zumba dancing, swimming, or hiking. I've tried everything from yoga to spinning to Pilates, and the workout that I've landed on is weights. I finally got past the myth that girls develop muscles so quickly that I was scared I would lift one weight and be bulky, but really, if you stick with it and take a few weeks off, muscle memory helps you snap back.
"On a good week, I go to the gym five days a week, sometimes three days a week, or sometimes I can't even make it one, so I really try to listen to my body. I always say that every day is a good day to go to the gym, and because of the schedule I have, I can't say Oh, I'll go on Mondays, because I don't know what I'll be doing next Monday. Don't feel guilty about it—set yourself a goal that's reachable, don't over-exceed, and find a buddy. Working out with friends really helps. [Ed. note: Skriver has a kilIer Instagram account with fellow VS model Jasmine Tookes.] That's how we girls stay motivated because we're like, I really can't go, and one of the Angels will say Hey, we're doing a 7 p.m. workout—join us! ' There's no such thing as a bad workout. Even if you make it a half-hour, it's good to go and get out there.
"A year and a half ago, I decided to be a morning workout person. It took me four months to not hate it—I was such a night person, but there was always a dinner, or something came up, or a friend wanted coffee, or you sit on the couch and you turn on Netflix. So I really made it a thing. It's like eating breakfast for me now it's just a habit, it's what I do. I don't ask myself, Do I want to wake up at 5 a.m. to work out at 6 a.m.? I just set my schedule that's just what it is. So it's a habit for me, and it takes a while to form a habit.
"My workouts are an hour long. I would say 80% of my workout is weights, and then I add in cardio once or twice a week. I notice that I lose my muscles when I [just do] cardio. Some of the other girls do more cardio because it's better for their body shape—again, it's so hard for me to give you specifics and say, If you work out like this, your body is going to look like mine. Half of it's genetics, and half of it is figuring out what works for you. But it's a journey, and it's hopefully a fun journey."
Half of it's genetics, and half of it is figuring out what works for you.
On Her Approach to Wellness
"There are some people out there who can just [eat anything]. I know one of my friends, she is that person. She works out a lot, but she can eat whatever, whenever, and it's kind of annoying. But that's why I love to talk about it, because, for me, I want to feel sexy and I want to build shape, so it's all about working out and building that butt and building shape and curves, and you have to eat accordingly for that—you have to eat in healthy moderation. For me, I travel the world and sometimes have three red-eyes in a week, and if I don't eat for fuel or eat to stay energized … I can't live off of burgers! I might not gain as much as some people, but I would be slumping off if I ate sugar all the time—it's more like health consciousness for me, but I also always do the 80/20: 80% of the time, I eat healthily and work out, and I stay on a schedule because I really am all about taking care of my body. My body is like my temple, and you only get one shot.
"I've never believed in the word diet—I believe in lifestyle. I don't believe in quick fixes. There's no such thing as doing 30 ab exercises and then you get a six-pack. Even if you do really well for three months and you look great, the second you stop … it has to be like a lifestyle thing. I've always been active, so in that sense, it wasn't hard for me to work out, but I do work out a lot. But then you have to let yourself cheat once in a while you have to give yourself a cheat day and give yourself a splurge—I actually hate the term cheat day, so I call them treat days. Cheat feels like, Oh, I should be ashamed! You shouldn't feel guilty about eating a burger, but for me, it's more about knowing the nutritious value of what's in a good piece of chicken or veggies. Eat the right kind of carbs and think about what will keep you energized throughout the day.
You shouldn't feel guilty about eating a burger, but for me, it's more about knowing the nutritious value of what's in a good piece of chicken or veggies.
On Her Diet
"I don't follow anything strictly. I just eat a lot of protein and a lot of veggies, and I make sure I get my carbs because the way I work out, I need healthier carbs like brown rice or sweet potatoes because if I cut out carbs, I would have no energy to do what I do. For breakfast today, I had scrambled eggs, spinach, and a cup of brown rice. I would say most of the time it's grains, protein, and rice, but sometimes for lunch, I don't do as many carbs because it makes me sleepy. But for breakfast, it's such a good start—especially after my workout, I'm dead tired and I need fuel for the whole day. My biggest meal is breakfast—sometimes I have it twice because I'm so hungry.
"I used to drink a lot more milk when I was home [in Denmark], but I don't love the milk here—that's just like a taste thing. But I don't really cut out any food groups. I think just everything in moderation—I feel like the second you cut something out it becomes Oh, I'm not allowed to have that. I obviously don't eat sugar and junk food every day, but I make sure once a week you have a good treat day and you just go all out.
"For snacks, I love everything from fruit to carrots or nuts—like a little handful of nuts keeps me going or just a half a portion of what I ate earlier. I always carry fruit and nuts with me. Nut bars are good and easy to bring in your bag."
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