It's no big secret that Rihanna is exhibiting signs that she may be stuck in a cycle of abuse when it comes to Chris Brown. That or she's just got huge fucking blinkers on. Whatever the case may be, she's aware that people are talking and she wishes that everyone would just shut up about it. "I respect what other people have to say. The bottom line is that everyone thinks differently. It's very hard for me to accept, but I get it," she said. "People end up wasting their time on the blogs or whatever, ranting away, and that's all right. I don't hate them for it. Because tomorrow I'm still going to be the same person. I'm still going to do what I want to do." And she didn't stop there. Speaking of that fateful night when Brown went nuts on her she manages to turn the public's knowledge of the event into something of a cathartic experience. "It gave me guns. I was like, well, fuck. They know more about me than I want them to know. It's embarrassing. But that was my opening. That was my liberation, my moment of bring it. I wanted people to know who I am. Whatever they take that to be, good or bad, I just want them to know the truth," she added. "I have more freedom the more people know about me. It's like, one less skeleton in the closet, one less burden, one less secret; now you know that, so you can say what you want about it. I don't have anything to hide." [Elle, Us]

She can blame it on her unique ability to dedicate 40-hours a week to yoga and facials, but Jennifer Aniston says she often forgets she's 43 and feels like any other ingénue currently stinking up the silver screen before realising this means she's officially Amy Poehler's cool mom character from Mean Girls. "You know what makes me feel old? When I see girls who are twenty-something, or the new crop of actresses and think, 'Aren't we kind of the same age?' You lose perspective," she said. "Or being offered the part of a woman with a 17-year-old child. It's like, 'I'm not old enough to have a 17-year-old!' Then you realise, well, yeah, you are ... I don't feel my age. I feel young every day." [Daily Mail]
Vanity Fair have uncovered that Friends could have worked out very differently, with Courteney Cox playing Jennifer's Rachel and Jen not even on the show at all. Which means she may have never married Brad, who would have never left her for Angelina and she'd never have been doomed to be forever unlucky in love. That and the tabloid industry probably wouldn't be a thing anymore. [Page Six]

While we were all thinking that it was Angelina Jolie's black widow vagina that lured Brad Pitt away from Jennifer Aniston (not really), Adam Brody has finally revealed he is the one responsible for those annoying Team Aniston and Team Jolie T-shirts of yesteryear. "I hooked them up," he said. "I was like, 'Brad, you don't want to do this, man. This Jen thing, I don't see it.' And he heeded my advice, and I'm happy for him." [Page Six]

Mary J. Blige has spoken out about her dubious Burger King ad that was pulled following criticism that it promoted tired stereotypes about black people loving chicken. "I agreed to be a part of a fun and creative campaign that was supposed to feature a dream sequence. Unfortunately, that's not what was happening in that clip," she said. "I understand my fans being upset by what they saw. But, if you're a Mary fan, you have to know I would never allow an unfinished spot like the one you saw go out." [TMZ]

If any kid is unlucky enough to be saddled with me as a parent it's going to quickly learn I intend on treating it like an indentured servant. Clearly Miranda Kerr is my soul sister because while her son Flynn is too young to scrub the stairs she uses his wee frame to help her work out. "Sometimes I actually hold my son and do squats because he's like a weight," she said. [Us]

Mariska Hargitay is loving life now that she's successfully adopted two kids, but she says her first attempt at the process was pretty horrific when the birth mother changed her mind after the SVU actress had already named the child and brought it home. "It was nothing short of devastating," she said. "But ... this is what I've come to understand about life: It was probably the greatest, happiest ending. I mean, it was so painful for us, but it was deeply joyful and deeply right for her." [E!]

  • It's a great month for the Horovitzs, with Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and his playwright dad Israel being made a Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. [Page Six]
  • Though Jude Law avoided the "model mosh pit" at some club, Leonardo DiCaprio's version of Spidey sense probably kicked in big time. [Page Six]
  • We're all now more familiar with Jake Gyllenhaal's spin schedule at SoulCycle in Union Square than we are that of our own bowel movements, but at least this time he was nice enough to get up on stage alongside the instructor so everyone could rubberneck freely. [Page Six]
  • Proving she lives in a different world than you or I – except for those of you living in LA — Tara Reid says "almost everyone" has had plastic surgery. [Page Six]
  • When Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about a Twins sequel all I can think about is how "meh" he's become since then and how outrageously awesome Danny DeVito continues to be. [Page Six]
  • I know Dodai covered this in Midweek Madness, but I'm nervous about Kristen Wiig possibly leaving SNL. That and I'll take any opportunity to talk about the Super Showcase sketch from a few weeks back – "I think it could be beef." Amazing. [NYDN]
  • Model and blogger Lauren Scruggs looked as happy as a clam when she went for a jog and revealed her amputated arm for the first time, after previously concealing it under clothing. [E!]
  • Speaking of unbridled happiness, Elton John looked to be enjoying himself while gyrating against Channing Tatum at Carnegie Hall. [E!]
  • It shouldn't come as the biggest surprise but Carrie Underwood says sharing a tour bus isn't exactly doing wonders for her marriage with Mike Fisher. [Us]
  • Tori Spelling asks that we all lay the fuck off Jessica Simpson's baby weight. "When women are pregnant, people need to lay off," she said. "It's a really special time and you should be able to deal with it in your own terms." [Celebuzz]
  • Fans of reality TV – well, the good, nasty kind anyway – might wants to join me in raising their goblets to Lisa Vanderpump after it was announced that the head ghoul of The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills will be getting her own spin-off. [People]
  • The Situation is out of rehab and finally free to bare his abs at will. [TMZ]
  • In case you haven't seen enough of his naked body in recent months, Michael Fassbender continues his parade of self-exposure in Obsession magazine. [OMG]
  • Saying she believes in more than one soul mate should have been Kim Kardashian's play all along. [Radar]
  • There comes a time in every young woman's life when her fame eclipses that of her father and she then has to speak about this to the press, isn't that right, Lily Collins? [Daily Mail]
  • Ira Glass is turning a This American Life story about a man who grew tired of his life and decided to go and rescue kidnapped kids in Mexcio into a new HBO series. [Vulture]