The daily gossip: Drake sparks Taylor Swift collaboration rumors, Kaley Cuoco got slapped by Sharon Stone, and more
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Is Drake teasing a collaboration with Taylor Swift?
Is 1989 (Taylor's Version) (Feat. Drake) (From the Vault) (Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire) on the way? Drake has sparked speculation he could be collaborating with Taylor Swift after posting a photo of himself with her on Instagram. The picture, which showed Drake with his arm around Swift and didn't appear to be recent, was shared along with four other photos and the caption, "They too soft to understand the meaning of hard work." Swifties will recall she mentioned Drake in her song "I Forgot That You Existed," which includes the lyric, "I couldn't get away from ya, in my feelings more than Drake, so yeah." But on the Taylor Swift fan subreddit, not all Swifties seemed pumped about a possible team up, with one fan accusing her of "choosing to associate with sketchy people" and another describing their feelings using the barf emoji. If they do end up putting out a song together, these Swifties can feel free to forget that it existed.
Kaley Cuoco 'got b---h slapped' by Sharon Stone 3 times
Kaley Cuoco got slapped by Sharon Stone, and this time, it wasn't because of a G.I. Jane joke. Stone plays Cuoco's mom on the new season of The Flight Attendant, and Cuoco chatted with Jimmy Kimmel about working with her on a "very emotional" scene. At the end of it, Stone surprised Cuoco by going off script and slapping her in the face for real. "I said, 'That was incredible!'" Cuoco said. "'I just got b---h slapped by Sharon Stone.'" But this wouldn't be the last time. They did two more takes, and while Cuoco assumed Stone wouldn't slap her again since they got it the first time, she was very wrong. "Three times I got slapped!" Cuoco said — even though by the third take, "[the camera] wasn't even on me." Thankfully, Cuoco was cool with it, so this is one star-studded slap we don't need to spend the next month sharing hot takes about.
Rachel Zegler says it was 'wildly disappointing' she had to 'answer for' Ansel Elgort
Rachel Zegler is ready to move on from Ansel Elgort questions. In an interview with Elle, the actress discussed her West Side Story co-star being accused of sexual assault, saying it was "wildly disappointing" that everyone wanted her to "answer for" his actions when he's an "adult male who can speak for himself." A woman accused Elgort of sexual assault in 2020, and Zegler said being asked about this while promoting West Side Story was a "gut punch." She also called it "hurtful" that people didn't seem to care "about whether or not I was okay," giving no "thought to the fact that I was also 17 when I met" and worked with him. (Elgort's accuser was reportedly at 17 the time of the alleged assault.) "I really don't have anything to do with this conversation," Zegler added, "and I'm looking forward to moving past it."
Johnny Depp takes the stand in Amber Heard defamation trial
Johnny Depp is once again denying Amber Heard's domestic abuse allegations, this time on the stand as part of his lawsuit against her. The actor testified Tuesday in his defamation case against Heard, calling her claims that he abused her "heinous" and saying they came as a "complete shock." He denied ever hitting Heard, saying he's never "struck any woman in my life," and he said her allegations have turned him from "Cinderella" into "Quasimodo." From there, the testimony went surprisingly in-depth for over an hour reviewing Depp's career highlights, for some reason — and at one point, he told the court he's never actually seen the original Pirates of the Caribbean. "I'm obsessed with the truth," Depp claimed. A judge in the U.K. previously ruled that a tabloid's description of him as a "wife beater" was "substantially true."
Camila Cabello auditioned for 'X Factor' because she wanted to marry Harry Styles
Camila Cabello's X Factor audition had a relatable ulterior motive. On James Corden's Carpool Karaoke, the "Señorita" singer discussed auditioning for the competition show when she was 15, when she was a big fan of One Direction. She recalled trying to decide whether to audition for The Voice or The X Factor, but she went with the latter because One Direction would be there. "This is really embarrassing … I literally was like, 'I'm auditioning for X Factor because I will marry Harry Styles,'" she revealed. "'Like, I will.' I really believed that at the time." If not marriage, Cabello was at least convinced they'd "fall in love," and she noted this was the "first time I've ever confessed the real intention behind me auditioning for X Factor." This audition led to the creation of Fifth Harmony, so it worked out in the end, even if her dreams of marrying Styles were crushed. Hey, join the club!