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Gossip Guide 12.04.13: Jaclyn Swedberg Love Edition
Posted by Jeremy Lambert on 12.04.2013

Gossip Guide here, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of entertainment's elite.

Long Live
(News stories involving celebrities who have unfortunately passed)

Paul Walker, 40, tragically passed away in a car accident over the weekend.

First off, my condolences to the Walker family, his friends, and the friends and family of Roger Rodas, who was the other person in the car.

I'm not going to pretend like I knew Paul Walker outside of movies, but I always enjoyed his work on the silver screen. The Fast and Furious movies are a guilty pleasure of mine and I've seen them all in theaters, usually on opening weekend with my dad, who is a huge gear head and has all the movies on DVR. He was also great in movies like Running Scared, The Death and Life of Bobby Z, and Varsity Blues. You never heard about Walker in the tabloids and he somehow managed to keep a low profile despite his status. It sucks that Walker lost his life in such a tragic way and so young. By all accounts, he seemed like a great guy and on the night of his death, he was doing charity work for Reach Out Worldwide.

RIP Paul Walker.

Better Than Revenge
(News stories involving celebrity feuds and disses)

Joe Jonas recently penned an open letter where he discusses being trapped by Disney, losing his virginity at 20, having to take care of Demi Lovato, smoking weed with Demi and Miley Cyrus, and the Jonas Brothers split. You can read the entire letter here.

I'm not a fan of Joe Jonas because he had the audacity to break-up with Taylor Swift via voicemail (although it did lead to a couple of great songs by Ms. Swift) and I think the music of the Jonas Brothers is pretty bad, but I appreciated his honesty in this letter.

Disney stars are under a lot pressure in Hollywood because fans and others just expect them to be who they see on the Disney Channel forever. Some people, like Selena Gomez, successfully break away from this role and grow up naturally. Others, like Miley Cyrus, overcompensate go from being 13 to being 21 in a year. And some, like Christy Carlson Romano, just fade into obscurity. The Jonas Brothers probably would've faded into obscurity but one of them got a reality show on E! and then they had a big fight and broke up.

I'm a little shocked that he lost his virginity at 20. I know the joke was that the Jonas Brothers wearing purity rings was a gimmick, but think about this: Joe Jonas was famous around the age of 16, maybe 17, and he still waited 4 years before he had sex. He could've handpicked from thousands of beautiful women just throwing themselves at him at 16 and had sex with them, but he waited until he found someone special at age 20. I have no choice but to applaud him for waiting and for his honesty. He's a much better man than I would've been if I were in his shoes, because if I were famous at 16, there's no way I could've waited until I was 20 to sex. Hell, I wasn't famous at 16 and there was still no way I was waiting until 20 to have sex.

The least shocking part of this letter is that he smoked weed for the first time with Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato.

I actually sympathize with Joe on feeling like he had to take care of Demi when they were dating and she was dealing with her addictions. I've been in that situation, not dating someone with a drug addiction, but dating someone who I felt that I needed to take care and couldn't leave because of how much help she needed. I'm sure it was far worse for Joe since he's famous and was dating a fellow famous person who everyone loved. If it had come out that Joe left Demi when she needed help for her addiction, he would've been crucified, even if he wasn't happy and couldn't help her like she needed to be helped.

Now, he did take a shot at my girl Taylor with the comment, "I might put it in my music a little bit, and hint at it…But I'm not going to openly say, 'Yeah, actually, this person is a bitch, and she did this to me.' I don't feel the need to do that to sell records" so I still think he's a bitter jerk and also kind of stupid because if he did write songs like Taylor, he'd sell a lot more records.

This was an interesting and revealing letter, but the Jonas Brothers 15-minutes were up when Disney was done with them.

Former Disney star Dylan Sprouse responded to Joe Jonas' letter saying, "being trapped by Disney is bullsh*t" and that he could've told Disney "no" if he wanted to but says, "The only reason they didn't is because, like many of the people on that channel, I think they fell for the allure of fame."

You know it's a slow news week when a feud between two irrelevant former Disney stars is the only thing going on.

Dylan makes a valid point though. Even though I do think being a Disney star is very tough because of the image they want you to portray, at the end of the day, you have the right to refuse them. The hard part isn't actually being a Disney star, it's remaining relevant when you're too old for Disney and finding a transition from being "lovable Disney character" to "real person." As mentioned above, some people deal with it different.

The Jonas Brothers could've said no to Disney, but as Dylan mentioned, they wanted to be famous and they're not very creative artists so they rode the Disney wave as long as they could. And when that wave was up, they jumped on the reality show wave. Now they're on the "fake brother fighting" wave. Dylan and his brother Cole refused to go along with what Disney wanted them to do a couple of times, and even though they're working at a restaurant right now, they seem pretty happy with how things turned out. Plus, if they ever want to act, all they have to do is call up Adam Sandler and he'll start production on Big Daddy 2 right away.

The Lucky One
(AJ Grey's Pic of the Week)

This week we have Jaclyn Swedberg aka my new crush.

Our Song
(Music Pick of the Week)

Quite possibly the greatest song of all-time.

XOXO, Gossip Guide


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