The daily gossip: Martha Stewart becomes oldest Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model, Taylor Swift defends fan from concert security guard, and more
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Martha Stewart, 81, becomes oldest Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model
Is 81 the new 71? Martha Stewart has posed for the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, becoming the magazine's oldest cover model ever at age 81. "Usually, I'm motivated by pay," Stewart told Sports Illustrated. "But this time, I was motivated by showing people that a woman my age can still look good, feel good, be good, blah blah blah." Her photos were taken in the Dominican Republic, and she joined this year's other cover models, Megan Fox, Kim Petras, and Brooks Nader. On the "Today" show, Stewart declared "the whole aging thing is so boring," as she's more focused on "good living." Still, she told Sports Illustrated that while she doesn't "think about age very much," she figured she "better look really good" in the photoshoot, as a woman of her age being a cover model is "kind of historic." Take that, Don Lemon.
Taylor Swift defends fan from concert security guard
Baby, now Taylor Swift's got bad blood with a certain concert security guard. Videos from one of Swift's concerts in Philadelphia on Saturday showed the singer defending a fan in the audience during her performance of "Bad Blood," saying from the stage, in between the song's lyrics, "She's fine. She wasn't doing anything! Hey, stop!" This fan, Kelly Kelly, told "Good Morning America" she was dancing in the front row when a security guard "kept telling me to stop" and "not to dance," and that's when Swift took notice and "yelled at him." Kelly also alleged on TikTok that the security guard was "harassing our group all night" and "telling us not to touch the rail." According to Kelly, the guard was escorted out, and Swift offered her free tickets for the following night's concert. So it all worked out, and fans even got a "hey, stop!" remix of "Bad Blood" out of it.
Simon Pegg doesn't ask his pal Tom Cruise about Scientology
L. Ron who? On BBC's "Desert Island Discs," Simon Pegg discussed his friendship with his "Mission: Impossible" co-star Tom Cruise, explaining he simply doesn't bring up the massive elephant in the room: that Cruise is the world's most famous Scientologist. "It's always been a very easy relationship," the "Shaun of the Dead" star said. "I think you realize when you meet the person, rather than the thicket of mythology that's built up around them, it's a different experience." When the BBC interviewer asked if speculation about Cruise's private life and beliefs makes their relationship "tricky," Pegg said it doesn't. "I don't ask him about stuff like that because I feel that would be me abusing my privileged access that I get to him," he said. "My relationship with him is very, very simple and amiable. We're friends." Like an impossible mission, Cruise's involvement with Scientology is apparently something Pegg just chooses to accept.
Could David Corenswet be your new Superman?
Look, up in the sky, it's a rumored Superman shortlist! David Corenswet is "among the top contenders" to play Superman in James Gunn's "Superman: Legacy," The Hollywood Reporter has revealed. The 29-year-old actor isn't a household name, but you might recognize him for playing the projectionist in Pearl. Other actors who have been in the mix reportedly include Tom Brittney and Andrew Richardson. Nicholas Hoult, meanwhile, "has been tipped" to play the villainous Lex Luthor, The Hollywood Reporter said, though Deadline disagreed, reporting that Hoult is instead one of the contenders for Superman. The outlets also disagreed on whether Jacob Elordi is in the mix. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, the contenders to play Lois Lane include Emma Mackey, Rachel Brosnahan, Phoebe Dynevor, and Samara Weaving — at least, assuming Gunn doesn't take a radically different approach to that character by giving the role to Michael Rooker instead.
Keith Urban may have accidentally confirmed Bo Burnham and Phoebe Bridgers are dating
We come to this place … for inadvertent confirmation that Bo Burnham and Phoebe Bridgers are a thing. Keith Urban has shared a seemingly innocuous TikTok of himself dancing with his wife, Nicole Kidman, at one of Taylor Swift's concerts. But fans immediately noticed a bit of an accidental Easter egg. Right behind them are two people who seem to be Phoebe Bridgers and Bo Burnham — and they appear to start kissing. Since last year, rumors have swirled that the singer and the comedian are dating after she reportedly split from Paul Mescal, and they've been spotted together multiple times, but their relationship status has never been confirmed. "Not Bo and phoebe making out in the background I am screamin," one fan commented on Urban's TikTok, while another proclaimed, "KEITH YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOU DID BUT THANK YOU." Don't forget to thank Kidman for her role in all this, though. Somehow, gossip feels good in a place like this.