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ED SHEERAN in Parade: “You Have to Be Polite”

Ed Sheeran, the current toast of the music business, talks to Parade about his heady rise to the top. Five years ago he was playing open-mic nights and selling his own CDs. These days, his singles “The A Team” and “Sing” are chart hits, and his first album, + (a.k.a. Plus) sold almost 4 million copies. He’ll be headlining arenas starting in August to promote his just-released follow-up, x (a.k.a. Multiply). Excerpts from the interview below:

On the “wicked night” after a Grammy Awards party in L.A. this year, when he and some friends piled the contents of his hotel room into the bathtub:
“I felt so bad and said, ‘Oh, someone’s going to have to clean this up.’ So I literally de-trashed my room and put it back to normal. If I trash a hotel room, will anyone like me more? You’re not going to have kids going, ‘Oh, that’s really cool and edgy.’ You’re probably going to get a ticked-off maid and that’s about it.”

On his current fame:
“I do pinch myself sometimes. … I grew up listening to John Mayer and Jason Mraz and the other day, [I got] emails from them. Stuff like that blows my mind.”

On how he feels about his screaming fans:
“I always feel quite awkward about it. I’ve never screamed at anybody in my life. Can you imagine walking into a shop and someone is screaming about a chocolate cake? You’d go, ‘What is that dude doing?’”

On having celebrity pals, among them Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox:
He calls Cox “the sweetest girl” and says that becoming friends with two stars of a show he grew up watching is “surreal.”

On the repeated references to drinking in his songs:
“I’m English—that’s what we do! I don’t have a drinking problem, though.”

On why he avoids misbehavior:
“It’s the time of being polite. Radio stations aren’t going to play you if you show up late. You have to be respectful and do your job.”

On his 10-year plan:
“I know this isn’t going to last forever. Now is the time when I’m making my musical statements and being cool and going to parties. But I don’t think I’ll be living this life in 10 years’ time. If I am, please slap me.”

On where he thinks he will be:
“Back home, bunch of kids. At 33, I should be starting to settle down.”

For more on Ed Sheeran, and to see exclusive behind-the-scenes video, go to Parade.com: HERE.

Parade Exclusive: Ed Sheeran on Taylor Swift Dating Rumors and His 10-Year Plan

Via Parade.com:

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran’s songs showcase his acoustic soul, heartfelt lyrics, and some pretty wicked rapping skills. Over the past few years, Sheeran has taken America by storm, starting with his 2012 mega-hit “The A Team,” which was followed by a spot on Taylor Swift’s 2013 tour.

In some ways, Sheeran’s a male version of Swift: young, talented, ambitious, supremely confident, and unafraid to leap across musical genres and write songs inspired by people in his life. The song “Afire Love,” off his new album, x (a.k.a. Multiply) [set for a June 23 release], is about his grandfather Bill. “I finished writing it on the day of his funeral,” Sheeran, 23, tells Parade contributor David Browne in the June 29 issue, “and played it for my whole family. Before it went any further, I needed to get the blessing of the people I care about.”

And if you’re wondering, “Don’t,” a bitter song of romantic betrayal, is “about someone who’s well known, but not Taylor,” says Sheeran, who has denied ever dating Swift (rumor has it that fellow Brit pop sensation Ellie Goulding is the song’s subject).

He’s even got a 10-year plan. “I know this isn’t going to last forever. Now is the time when I’m making my musical statements and being cool and going to parties. But I don’t think I’ll be living this life in 10 years’ time. If I am, please slap me.” Where will he be instead? “Back home, bunch of kids,” he says without hesitation. “At 33, I should be starting to settle down.” He won’t name his current girlfriend, though he says she’s a chef.

Sheeran dishes on trashing a hotel room (then putting it all back together!), making friends with Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston, and more in the June 29 issue of Parade.

Ben Stiller: The Journeys That Changed His Life

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Ben Stiller both stars in and directs his new film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which reinvents James Thurber’s classic short story of an ordinary man with an extraordinary imagination. In the film, Stiller’s Mitty embarks on a globe-trotting adventure that trumps anything in his daydreams. Inspired by his character’s epic trek, Stiller shared with Parade some of his own very personal, life-altering expeditions. Below, a few excerpts via our friends at Parade:

Father, Son, and The Holy Land

“My dad [actor Jerry Stiller] and I took a father-son bonding trip to Israel when I was about 16…We ended up diving in the Red Sea together…I met a girl on that trip and we had a whirlwind romance. Is it blasphemous to say we ended up making out near the Western Wall? It might be. But we did…It was one of those times you don’t ever forget.”

Failure is an Option

“Back in 1996 I directed a movie called The Cable Guy, starring Jim Carrey. It was a great creative experience but the movie was a big flop…And then a couple of years later I was in a movie that did well, There’s Something About Mary, and I knew that if people weren’t calling me as a director, I was fortunate enough to be able to work as an actor. It was good to have the Cable Guy experience before that success; it wasn’t that I just came out of the gate and everything was great…”

Finding The One

“ I proposed to Christine [actress Christine Taylor] when I was rehearsing Meet the Parents…I asked her father for permission before I did it…It was like Meet the Parents in real life, because Christine’s father is an intimidating guy who owns a security company; we’re good friends now, but at the time I was in the basement rec room saying, ‘I really would like to marry your daughter…’ He’s a man of few words but he was very welcoming. I was more nervous asking him than asking her…[Christine and my] relationship was a gradual thing that happened over a quick period of time, maybe seven or eight months. We just started hanging out with each other and it developed into, ‘Wow, this feels great. I really like this person. I think I love this person. I really do – I love this person.’ It hit me out of the blue.”

Baby on Board

“When your wife is pregnant for nine months, you get used to the idea of pregnancy. Obviously, you know where it’s leading, but it almost becomes this abstract idea; and then suddenly the next time you go back to the house, you have another person living with you. Who you’ve just met. Your child…I was thinking moment to moment: Just get her from the baby carrier to the crib…It’s a short distance but a huge change…My kids are 11 and 8 now, and I can see aspects of myself in them but I also see two totally unique individuals. And I wonder how they became so well adjusted!”

Check out Sunday’s Parade for more on Ben Stiller’s life-changing events.

Mark Wahlberg on Family, Faith, and the Importance of Legos

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In a candid interview with Parade, Mark Wahlberg opened up about receiving his high school diploma earlier this year, the big role faith plays in his life, who makes up his “entourage” these days, his new film, Lone Survivor, and more!

Here are the highlights:

What were your biggest takeaways from filming Lone Survivor?
It takes a very special individual to become a SEAL. I felt it was so important to give the guys who never came down off that mountain their due. My wife couldn’t talk for 45 minutes after she saw the movie. All she kept thinking about were the sons and fathers and mothers and daughters out there fighting for our freedom. You take it for granted.

How do you spend Sundays?
If the kids are good, I’ll have doughnuts for them at 6:30 in the morning, and I’ll say, “You guys gotta let Mommy sleep in!” I’ll go to church at 7:30 and everybody will be eating breakfast when I come home. Then we’ll go to church again at 10:30, if things aren’t too hectic. Or if one of the kids has a game we’ll watch them play. It’s a nice family day.

Faith is obviously a big part of your life.
It’s the most important part of my life. I don’t try to push it on anybody and I don’t try to hide it.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
My sons and I thoroughly enjoy Legos. We go to the toy store every week for more. I never want to take what we build apart; I want to put it on a shelf. My wife is starting to get a little annoyed with the Legos lying around.

Who’s in your entourage now?
My wife, the kids, and a wonderful nanny. When I’m filming, all the guys are with me; but if I’m not at work, I’m with my family.

Did you feel you had a lot to prove early in your career?
Certainly. I don’t think it was customary for people from a music background to be accepted in film in a serious way. Considering what I had to overcome, I’ve had plenty to motivate me. Even more so today—I’m passionate about what I do. I’m a little older, but I’m not getting lazy!

For more from Mark Wahlberg’s exclusive interview, including his new reality series about his family’s Boston burger joint, Wahlburgers, go HERE.

Jennifer Aniston Talks Turning 45, Her Short New Haircut and How In Love She Is

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In a candid interview with Parade, Jennifer Aniston opened up about her upcoming 45th birthday, why right now is the best time of her life, her short new haircut, and more!

Here are the highlights via our friends at Parade:

Have you had a favorite hairstyle through the years?
“Well, that’s a good question because I just chopped it all off! I’m loving it right now. It’s right below my ear. I went short! But I do that every couple of years. It’s just nice to do something different. We were at a photo shoot the other day and I just said let’s chop it off! It was one of those moments. I love doing something different and changing it up, but at the end of the day, I’m a lover of long hair. I just think it’s beautiful. I would have to say that’s my go-to fave.”

Lots of women envy your hair, but do you ever have hair envy?
“I think Giselle [Bundchen] has exquisite hair. That’s a pretty envious head of hair! And I love Kate Moss. She always has great hair.”

When do you feel most beautiful?
“I feel most beautiful when I’m just at home with [fiance] Justin Theroux in the morning. Or any time of day I’m with him.”

There are always so many rumors and reports surrounding you, but what do you want your real fans to know about your life right now?
“My life is so fantastic. I’m so happy. There are a lot of exciting things that I’m excited about doing. We’re about to do a sequel to Horrible Bosses, which is such a fun character for me. And I think I’m going to try at some point next year to direct a full-length feature, which I’m extremely excited about. I’m just so happy and I’m grateful for my fans. I just hope I keep doing work that they love.”

You’ll be 45 in February. What do you know now that you didn’t at 25?
“That there’s nothing to worry about — although I don’t think I had a care in the world at 25, either. That all started in my 30s, my awkward phase. I’m a little bit of a late bloomer! But it doesn’t matter to me because it just gets better. They do say youth is wasted on the young, but I feel just as youthful now — if not more — than I did when I was 25. I’m more in my body; I’m more in my mind. Life is full. Life is wonderful. We’re very, very fortunate.”

For more from Jennifer Aniston’s exclusive interview, including watching Friends reruns and her childhood fascination with hospitals, go to Parade.com.

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Kelly Clarkson’s Best Christmas Ever: Marriage, Baby, and a New Holiday Album

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“My life did a 180—in the most awesome way.” That’s how singer Kelly Clarkson, 31, describes how husband Brandon Blackstock has changed her world. They started dating after seeing each other at the 2012 Super Bowl, and she married the divorced father of two on October 20th. And just this week, Clarkson revealed that she and Blackstock are expecting their first child together.

Via Parade.com:

On the details of her wedding, where she opted to go barefoot beneath her lace Temperley Bridal gown:
“I bawled like a baby. We both wrote our own vows, and it was hard to get through them, but I did it. … Brandon was like, ‘The Notebook ain’t got nothin’ on me—come on!’ And he took me out [on the lake] in a rowboat. It was very sweet. The whole thing was perfect.”

On her life prior to dating Blackstock in 2012:
“I was single for almost seven years. Every Christmas, it was like, ‘Seriously, I’m still pathetically alone? Awesome. I’m still telling people I’m okay with it? I’m not.’”

On forgetting the Mr. Know-It-All who came before she found Mr. Right:
“I only had like three boyfriends my whole life before Brandon, and two of them were good, just not a good fit. I only had one real stinker that I wrote [music about] and made a lot of money off of.”

On Blackstock’s initial worries about dating her, since his father, Narvel, is Clarkson’s manager:
“He was like, ‘My dad’s gonna kill me if this doesn’t go well.’ I said, ‘So? We’re both adults. And it’s gonna go awesome!’ In my head, I was like, ‘I’m already married to you!”

On how she knew she would be successful on American Idol in 2002:
“I came home after the very first Idol audition and was like, ‘I’m totally gonna win this.’ Not in a cocky way; it was like something bigger than me was at work.”

On her certainty that she’ll soon be a mom:
“My eggs aren’t getting any younger, so we’ve already started trying. I’m totally gonna have a girl. I’m manifesting it! And when I have a girl, you’re gonna be like, ‘That chick knew it!’”

On why she’s looking forward to getting pregnant:
“Everybody calls me fat all the time, so I can’t wait to have a reason, instead of everybody just being a jerk!”

On how she figures she’ll be immune to pressure to rapidly drop the baby weight:
“I’ve never been Gisele Bündchen, so ain’t nobody expectin’ that! I like to set a [low] standard so people don’t expect a lot.”

Kelly Clarkson’s new Christmas album, Wrapped in Red, features both classics and winning originals co-written by Clarkson. And while she confirms to Parade that she turned down an offer to return to Idol as a season 13 judge (she was on tour with Maroon 5 during the show’s summer auditions), she’s finishing up two albums, one “very soulful” country and one pop. For more on Kelly Clarkson, check out Parade on Sunday, or go here.

Darius Rucker Talks Fatherhood, Country Music & Golf

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Darius Rucker may have gone country, but he is still grounded after all these years.

In this Sunday’s issue, Parade talks with country music singer Darius Rucker, the former frontman for Hootie & the Blowfish, about hismany passions, including fatherhood, country music, and golf.

Family life means so much to the 47-year-old Rucker because he grew up without much of a father figure in his life. His mother was the one who went to all of his football games, choir concerts, and early gigs; meanwhile, his father would disappear for days on end, sometimes months. However, Rucker overcame his absence and learned from the experience, becoming a much better dad to his own children: daughters Daniela, 12, and Cary, 18, and son Jack, 8.

Rucker is also enjoying a career resurgence after moving into the country music arena in 2008. The iconic alt-country single “Wagon Wheel” from his latest album, True Believers, is Rucker’s sixth No. 1 song in the past five years.

Check out some highlights from the article below:

On his relationship with his father:

“He was just living his life, I guess. … I’m not mad at him or anything. I thank him for teaching me what not to do because now I just want to be with my kids all of the time. … I hope they always know they can ask, ‘Dad, do you want to … ?’ And that my answer is ‘Yes.’”

On life after Hootie & the Blowfish took an extended break:

“I was really at a point where I didn’t know if I could keep doing [music]. I’d been to the mountaintop. It might have been time to do something else.”

On the buzz about his first country album, 2008’s Learn to Live:

“We were recording, and I went out for a couple of beers, and people would come up to me and say, ‘I was talking to Brad Paisley the other day and he said how great your record is.’ I was like, ‘That’s crazy. Why would Brad Paisley think to talk to somebody about my record?’”

On his early musical interests, including Buck Owens:

“My oldest brother [would say], ‘Man, why are you listening to that white boy music?’ But my mom would tell him to leave me alone, to let me listen to what I wanted to listen to.”

On his love for and frustration with golf:

“Golf is the greatest but most maddening sport there is.”

Find out the sweet birthday gift Darius Rucker’s wife gave him after a long day on the golf course at Parade.com.

Kerry Washington, The Sexy Game Changer

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PARADE features Kerry Washington, star of Scandal, ABC’s Beltway melodrama about a crisis fixer who solves powerful people’s problems while at the same time managing an on-again, off-again love affair with the (married) leader of the free world. Scandal’s wacky scenarios are so over the top, it’s easy to forget what’s groundbreaking about the show: the 36-year-old actress who plays the lead just happens to be the first African-American woman to carry a network drama in nearly four decades.

“I didn’t realize…when I was auditioning for the role,” Washington tells PARADE. “I knew that in my lifetime I’d never seen it. But it didn’t compute to me that I’d be making history. I just fell in love with the character.” Also notable: the fact that President Fitzgerald “Fitz” Grant and Washington’s character Olivia Pope are an interracial couple is barely acknowledged. Some more highlights from the interview:

On the dysfunctional Washington D.C. portrayed in the series:

“The story lines…push what’s possible. But there are stories on the news that change what we think is possible all the time. You hear about a governor who’s disappeared into the Appalachian trail because he has a South American lover, or somebody else’s behavior on Twitter. I mean, if you want to look at presidents having affairs—there are about four I can think of off the top of my head.”

On her work on the controversial film Django Unchained:

“I feel like I barely survived Django emotionally. The violence. Hearing the N-word every day. It cost me a lot psychologically, but it was worth it to tell that story.”

On her recent work schedule:

“I had two days between finishing Django and starting up again on Scandal. It was nuts. That first day back I had to walk across the Rose Garden in heels. I thought, ‘I don’t remember how to walk like Olivia Pope anymore. ‘I’d been barefoot in the woods for months playing a slave.”

On whether, as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, she is aware of President Obama’s view of the show:

“I haven’t wanted to ask the president his opinion of the show. But I have lots of friends in the administration who love it. We make D.C. look sexy and exciting.”

On her role in the new Tyler Perry-produced romantic comedy Peeples, and knowing when to lighten up:

“I’m a goofy person. That’s how I ended up in Peeples. Tyler Perry saw me joking around…and said, ‘I had no idea you were this silly.”

For more on Kerry Washington, including her surprising choice of career if she hadn’t found acting, and to find out who was the last woman of color to star in a network TV drama, go to Parade.com HERE.

Foxy 71-Year-Old Martha Stewart Was A Model And Find Out Who Her Role Model Is

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Parade FINALLY did an article on one of my favorite divas ever. Yes, she is right up there with my girl MC. Jeepers, Marta!

Martha Stewart is looking good and feeling great about aging well, she tells Dotson Rader in Sunday’s PARADE. As the domestic diva (aka DD) writes in her new book, Living the Good Long Life: A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others: “When you’re through changing, you’re through.” YES! Another fab book from double d.

Some highlights from the surprisingly candid, wide-ranging conversation:

ON HOW SHE WOULD DESCRIBE HER NEW BOOK:

“It’s all about surviving in this extraordinary world—physically, mentally, emotionally. I wrote it because nobody is paying attention to the silver tsunami of baby boomers who are now turning 65. My book focuses on what you can do for othersand what you can do for yourself in terms of aging gracefully.”

ON MODELING AT AGE 13:

“Just for money. But it was fun.”

ON WHETHER SHE KNEW SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL:

“No, I actually didn’t. I knew I was good enough to get $60 an hour, which was the going rate at the time. I wasn’t the cover girl. I wasn’t Suzy Parker. But I should’ve been. Maybe if I had had somebody encouraging me…But then I got married when I was 19.”

ON THE DISPUTE BETWEEN MACYS AND JC PENNEY OVER THE RIGHTS TO SELL HER WARES:

“We try something new and we get slapped with a lawsuit….We like designing and making products. We’re good at it. We want to have our own stores. That’s how the J.C. Penney thing came around; it was an opportunity to have 700 storeswithin J.C. Penney. What I want to do now is build freestanding stores.”

ON WHETHER SHE FEELS THE STOCK SALE THAT RESULTED IN HER LANDING BEHIND BARS WAS A MISTAKE:

“I don’t consider that a mistake. It was a normal thing that people do every day. They sell stock. What was a mistake was the way it was handled. I’m not supposed to say this, but I was not guilty of any crime. I became a target because I was a strong and a rich woman who had been very successful.”

ON HER ADMIRATION FOR HILLARY CLINTON:

“I admire Hillary greatly, her inner strength. She did a phenomenal job as secretary of state. The best thing of all was the way she treated her husband.”

ON WHETHER SHE WOULD HAVE LEFT BILL AFTER HIS ESCAPADES:

“Well, I wouldn’t have. Hillary was married to the president. Walking out on him when he’s stupid would’ve shown weakness and self-centeredness. She saved him, her self-respect, and her daughter. She didn’t cut the family asunder. As a result, she gained his respect forever.”

ON WHETHER SHE WILL WRITE AUTOBIOGRAPHY:

“Of course. I have my title and everything. I’ve led such an interesting and complicated life that it’s getting to be time to record it.”

Love.this.bitch. That is all.

Hugh Jackman Loves Food

Hugh Jackman (on the short list of Oscar favorites for his work in Les Misérables) opens up to PARADE this weekend about his role in Les Mis, taking risks, cherishing fatherhood, and what makes his 16-year marriage work. Here are a few highlights:

ON MAKING HIS MARRIAGE WORK:

“I am the pragmatic, steady, sensible one. Deb is the hilarious, fun, sexy, crazy, impractical one. When it comes to the kids, I’m strict and she’s lenient. But deep down, we’re very similar. We get each other completely without ever having to speak, and we have pretty much since day one.”

ON BEING A FATHER:

“I feel so lucky to have both a son and a daughter, because there’s a different relationship with each of them. Instinctively as a man, you know what your son has to go through. So I think you’re a little tougher. … With a daughter, this protective side comes out. When I come home, my daughter will run to the door and give me a big hug, and everything that’s happened that day just melts away.”

ON THE LATEST WOLVERINE FILM:

“Okay, the movie takes place after X-Men: The Last Stand. My character is at his lowest. He is supposed to be able to healhimself, but he may encounter someone who has worked out a way to really hurt him. And there is a cameo from one of the past X-Men in it.”

ON AIRBRUSHING THE NEW PHOTOS OF THE WOLVERINE:

“No, I had to do it the hard way. Let me tell you, at 44 it’s not getting easier.”

ON BEING A FOODIE:

“My gosh, I love food. If I wasn’t an actor, I could be a completely different body shape right now. But I finished filming [The Wolverine] four days ago, so I’m eating pretty much anything that comes my way!”

See video of Jackman’s Les Mis costars dishing about him here.

I Forgot Nikki Reed Was Married

Actress Nikki Reed chatted with PARADE about her new passion, her marriage, and moving on from that famous vampire franchise.

Check out the highlights below:

ON PEOPLE SAYING THAT SHE AND HER HUSBAND PAUL MCDONALD COULD BE THE NEXT CIVIL WARS:

“I think that is the most flattering thing that I have ever heard. We are obviously inspired by groups like The Civil Wars. In no way do we feel that we can compare ourselves to them, but it gives us something to work towards.”

ON WHETHER THEY ARE WORKING ON A FULL-LENGTH ALBUM:

“We sure are, we are writing this month and recording in February. We hope to have something out in the beginning of next year!

ON THE END OF TWILIGHT:

“Twilight, as well as all of the other projects that I have been working on this year, have kept me so busy that I haven’t even had time to process that Twilight is over. I’m sure that once things die down, it will sink in.”

ON WHAT SHE’LL LET HER KIDS WATCH FIRST: TWILIGHT OR AMERICAN IDOL?

“We will probably start with American Idol so that they can be inspired musically, but we hope that they enjoy both.”

Find out Nikki’s New Year’s resolution and more about her writing projects on Parade.com here.

Tori Spelling Talks Turning 40 and Baby No. 4

Days before she gave birth to her new bouncing baby boy, Tori Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott chatted with Parade.com about turning 40, how she keeps her kids engaged, and raising confident little girls. Check out the highlights below:

ON KEEPING HER KIDS BUSY:

“Growing up we definitely did crafts and my mom is crafty as well so I definitely got that gene from her. But becoming a mom for me was a chance for a do-over. I get the chance to do the things I loved as a kid or always wanted to do or create new experiences for my kids that I could do with them. We literally make everything from home decor and fashion to food. We do food crafts so that involves them in cooking. We also have a lot of animals so the kids help take care of them. It’s chaotic at our house but a lot of fun. We always do everything as a family. It’s only now with Liam, 5, and Stella, 4, where it’s just starting to get split up. That’s okay that there are things he’s more interested and she’s more interested. It’s great for me because it’s more things for me to think of.”

ON INSTILLING A POSITIVE SELF-IMAGE IN HER DAUGHTERS:

“I’m a big believer that it’s never too young to start. There is a way of phrasing things to young ones. I’m constantly telling Stella how beautiful, smart, and funny she is. I’m encouraging her to do what she wants to do and be her own person. I’m totally into fashion and there are some days I’m like, ‘Oh gosh, I wish she was wearing this.’ But I’m not going to be that mom. I give her the freedom of choice and I want to encourage her to be her own person. Sometimes she’s standing there looking like Punky Brewster with nothing matching but that’s awesome. It’s her own style and I love that she’s doing that. Right from jump, that instills confidence in a young girl, knowing they can be who they want to be.”

ON TURNING 40:
“I haven’t even thought about it. I have to say 39 was fine for me. 38 was okay but 39 I was like, ‘ooh, that is close to 40.’ But you know what? Wow, when I turn 40 I’m going to have four kids and I’ve accomplished so much in life. I’m happy and blessed with my kids and my husband and our animals. I’m a party planner at heart so any excuse to throw a party— though I always do it for the kids and never big ones for ourselves. But maybe at 40 I’ll throw myself a big one!”

For more from Tori Spelling, check out Parade.com HERE.

Joe Jonas on the Newest Boy Bands: “I’m Like the Old Man on Campus”

Joe Jonas is still alive people! He’s just been a working fool.

Parade.com has a brand new interview with Joe Jonas, where the singer talks about his upcoming role in the new CW music talent show, The Next: Fame Is At Your Doorstep, teaming up with his brothers on a new album, the latest crop of boy bands, and more.

Check out the highlights below.

ON REUNITING WITH HIS BROTHERS ON A NEW ALBUM:

“I’ve been working with my brothers again. We’ve been recording the past two months while Nick’s been at his show on Broadway, we’ve been taking the time when he’s not on stage or when I’m not traveling doing concerts. We’ve been in the studio and we’ve got ten or so songs that we’re feeling really confident about. I can’t wait to release it and let the fans hear it.”

ON GOING SOLO VS. WORKING AS A TEAM:

Reuniting with my brothers musically has been really incredible. When you’re by yourself, you realize how much pressure you’re under and how much work you have to do. When you’re working [in a group], its so easy to say, ‘Ok, I’m tired this day, Nick you take this interview’ or ‘Kevin, you take this vocal part of the song,’ but when its all on you, its crazy. It’s a lot of pressure, so being back with them is fun.”

ON THE NEW CROP OF BOY BANDS:

“I’m a big fan of certain new acts. I love any genre of music, and I think it’s really great to see that there are new artists coming through. It’s kinda funny to think that I’m like the old man on campus now. But I’m really happy for groups like One Direction. I think they’re really good guys.”

Katy Perry is still talking about Russell Brand

And she just won’t quit.

This Sunday’s issue of PARADE features (a very star-spangled!) Katy Perry on the cover. The singer opens up about a number of things, including why her divorce to Russell Brand needed to be acknowledged in her new 3-D concert documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me. She also reacts to Obama’s support of same-sex marriage and chats about her new outlook on life.

Her new concert documentary chronicles Perry’s life onstage and off, through all her ups and downs—including her split from Brand after 14 months of marriage. Despite being addressed in the film, the breakup is understandably a sensi­tive subject for Perry. She refers to it only as “the situation”—as in, “I’m very aware that it’s inappropriate to give too much away, and that really the situation is just between two people,” she tells PARADE. When it’s noted that she and Brand have been respectful of each other in the media, she responds cryptically, “The universe will have its way.”

Check out highlights from the interview below.

ON HER BREAKUP NEEDING TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED IN HER FILM:

“I think if people walked out of the theater and that was completely avoided, they would be like, ‘Well, there’s an elephant in the room that’s still there.’ I like to go out there looking like a strong woman, because I am strong. But I am also a woman who goes through all kinds of problems and highs and lows. I wanted to show the complete spectrum.”

PERRY’S MUSICAL COLLABORATOR BONNIE MCKEE ON PERRY’S NEW SONG “WIDE AWAKE”:

“When we wrote ‘Teenage Dream,’ it was really about your first love and how magical that is. I think Russell made her feel that way again, and she felt she had found the person she was going to spend the rest of her life with. And whenthat didn’t turn out to be what she’d hoped, it kind of made sense to talk about waking up.”

ON HER 3-D CONCERT FILM KATY PERRY: PART OF ME:

“There are a lot of things that are personally uncomfortable to show, especially me without makeup and completely bloated or crying. But I’ve realized that it’s time for me to show my audience that you don’t have to be perfect to achieve your dreams. Because nobody relates to being perfect. … I’m okay with having bad dance moves. I’m okay with having horrible lower teeth. That’s what makes me me, and for some reason it’s worked out all right.”

ON PERRY’S REACTION TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SUPPORT OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE:

“I was really happy; I probably went down to West Hollywood and had a shot. I came from a different mind-set growing up, and my mind has changed. My viewpoint on all these things—equality for women, the choice to love anyone you want—hopefully, we will look back at this moment and think like we do now concerning [other] civil rights issues. We’ll just shake our heads indisbelief, saying, ‘Thank God we’ve evolved.’ That would be my prayer for the future.” ‘

ON CALLING THE UNITED STATES HER HOME:

“Not to sound overly cheesy but I really appreciate the freedom we have in America—especially as a female.”

Check out the full interview from our friends at Parade.com here.

Mark Wahlberg Doesn’t Think We Want To See Him On Billboards Anymore

What the eff is this guy smoking? Has he not seen a photo of himself with his shirt off as of late?

Mark Wahlberg may have jumpstarted his career with an iconic underwear campaign for Calvin Klein (see above…yum), but the actor-producer isn’t looking to have his likeness grace billboards again anytime soon. Come on, man!

Parade.com is reporting that for the past few years, the actor has been working to relaunch Aqua Hydrate, the water brand he owns (Jack Nicklaus, Ron Burkle, and Sean “Diddy” Combs all sit on the board of directors).

In an interview with Parade, Marky Mark talks about his water business, working with Diddy and more.

ON GETTING INTO THE WATER BUSINESS:

“I got into this by accident. I had no desire to be in the beverage business. I was training for The Fighter and a friend brought this guy in with a case of water. He started telling me about reverse osmosis and all of this organic stuff and I said, ‘Dude, I don’t know what you’re talking about. Leave the water and I’ll try it.’ I started drinking the water—I usually drink a gallon or a gallon and a half of water a day— and I immediately recovered quicker, started running eight instead of seven miles a day. So I said I love the product but wasn’t in the beverage business so I couldn’t help them. But then I started talking to people and decided I wanted to get involved somehow.”

ON WHETHER HE WILL GRACE BILLBOARDS LIKE JENNIFER ANISTON DOES FOR SMARTWATER:

“Probably not. I don’t think anyone wants to see me on a billboard anymore. But we do want the top athletes and we’ll have very interesting people endorsing the product.”

ON DIDDY BECAME INVOLVED:

“I was in Vegas at a fight and Diddy comes up to me and goes, ‘Where’s that water? Where’s the water?’ And I told him not to worry about it since it was for me not for him. He said he always wanted his own water so we started talking and then Ron Burkle came on. We feel like we have a special product and we did all these clinical tests against all the premium waters and energy drinks. There are a lot of big athletes who drink the water even though they get paychecks from other drink companies. There is no shortage of people who want to be the face of the water. We’re talking the biggest and the best.”

Check out the rest of the interview here.