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Angelina Jolie Hired the Woman Who Inspired Scandal to Handle Her Divorce

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Because celebrity divorces of this caliber are basically the same as international crises, Angelina Jolie has hired Judy Smith – the woman whose life and work inspired Shonda Rhimes to create Olivia Pope and Scandal – to manage her current situation.


The woman in question is Judy Smith, a former White House deputy press secretary and the head of Smith & Company, a crisis management firm that has handled the various pickles and scandals of many a Famous, from Michael Vick to Monica Lewinsky.

A source tells People that Smith is simply “consulting,” saying “Judy and her firm have a long history of handling issues that have unfortunately garnered too much attention in the public eye, and she knows how to push towards resolutions that are swift and discreet.”


Please remember that in addition to Smith, Jolie has retained the services of Laura Wasser, Hollywood’s favorite divorce lawyer and clearly, she’s not fucking around. Imagine these two women in a room together, handling the divorce of one beautiful person from another with the seriousness of a military coup. Seems a teensy bit like overkill to me, but I’m definitely not famous, so I wouldn’t know.


Literal baby and donut-licking pop star Ariana Grande has stopped wearing kitty ears and thigh highs, has had those bangs for a minute and wants the world to know that her aesthetic is a cross between Lola Bunny from Space Jam and the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Okay, sure, I guess.

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“I kind of am in this vintage, ‘boy clothes’ phase — I guess boy clothes in quotes because it’s like what are girl clothes and what are boy clothes?” she tells People. While I’m sure she thinks she’s being subversive by wearing baggy jeans and crop tops with a six inch stiletto work boot, what she’s really doing is aping Rihanna circa February 2015.



  • Kim Kardashian doesn’t want to talk about Taylor Swift anymore. [Billboard]
  • Kim Zolciak-Biermann doesn’t want to talk about her marriage troubles because they’re fine. [People]
  • Kylie Jenner can’t talk to anybody who calls her number that her brother tweeted because Verizon disabled it for a whole freaking year. [TMZ]
  • Britney Spears doesn’t really know her. [Us Weekly]

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