Can We Talk About How Awkward 'The Kissing Booth' Sequel Must've Been?

Fancy being in a movie about kissing...with your ex?

Most people have an ex-partner they’d rather drunkenly stalk on Instagram than ever see again in real life – but if you’re The Kissing Booth co-stars Joey King and Jacob Elordi, you’ve got very little choice in the matter. Hear all the details below:

Last week, it was announced that The Kissing Booth 2, a sequel to the 2018 teen rom-com would be dropping on Netflix on July 24th. It’s exciting news for fans of the first film, but why isn’t anyone talking about how awkward it must’ve been for King and Elordi after they split up in real life?

After the first film came out, it wasn’t long until King and Elordi had taken their on-screen romance off-screen and quickly became everyone’s favourite teen power couple. However, after just one year of dating, their relationship soured and they quietly parted ways.

King went on to star in The Act and shack up with the film’s producer, Steven Piet. Elordi, on the other hand, landed a lead role in the HBO drama Euphoria and began a rumoured romance with his co-star Zendaya.

Just as the dust between the former flames was settling, they were catapulted back into each other’s lives to film The Kissing Booth 2. For most, starring alongside your ex as their love interest in a film all about kissing might sound like an absolute nightmare, but Joey King said it was “totally worth it.”

In a 2019 interview on the podcast Mood with Lauren Elizabeth, King said, “I know what everyone wants to know, of course. And yeah, it was crazy.”

“It was a wild experience, but honestly, it was a really beautiful time because I learned a lot about myself and I grew as an actor, I grew as a person.”

It’s an incredibly mature response considering the uncomfortable circumstances. In fact, King and Elordi aren’t the only celebrity exes who have managed to put their breakup behind and keep things civil.

How could we possibly forget when Seth and Summer AKA Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson’s off-screen relationship ended but they were forced to remain an on-screen couple?

Fast-forward to one of their recent run-ins and it looks like it’s all water under the bridge. 

Or what about Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, who split up two decades ago but are currently living in quarantine together with all their kids (and matching pyjamas)? No word from Willis’ current wife on their living arrangements, but for all intents and purposes, she seems fine with it.

There’s no doubt that it would have been quite awkward for Joey King and Jacob Elordi while filming The Kissing Booth 2, but they deserve some serious kudos for keeping it professional. It’s an inspiration to us all.

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Taylor Swift's 'Killing Eve' Cover Is The Most Genius Troll Of Scooter Braun

Look what you made her do.

Over the past few years, Taylor Swift has copped a fair amount of BS from the haters and power-hungry music industry execs – but now, she’s fighting back harder than ever. Case in point: this cover of ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ featured on the TV series Killing Eve.

Speaking of Taylor Swift fighting back, hear about one of her most recent statements below:

Yesterday, Swift debuted the track on Twitter with the caption, “VERY STOKED about this cover of ‘LWYMMD’ on @KillingEve by Jack Leopards & The Dolphin Club!!”

It didn’t take long for fans to start wondering, who the hell is Jack Leopards & The Dolphin Club, and what’s the big deal with the cover?

Well, after some seriously impressive snooping, fans realised that Jack Leopards & The Dolphin Club is a totally fabricated band – the writing credits on the song list Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff, amongst others.

And the biggest troll of all? The cover is produced by Jack Antonoff and Nils Sjoberg AKA Taylor Swift’s notorious songwriting pseudonym.

There’s also speculation that the vocals on the song actually belong to Swift’s brother, Austin, who once had the Twitter handle @thedolphinclub.

I’ll give you a minute to wrap your head around all of this.

Fans are certain this sneaky cover-up was Swift’s way of making sure Scooter Braun and his label Big Machine Records wouldn’t be able to claim any royalties from the song being used on Killing Eve. 

In case you’re wondering what on earth Scooter Braun has to do with any of this – allow me to explain. Taylor Swift made her first six albums under Big Machine Records, but when she left the label in 2018 and signed a new deal with Universal Music Group, her original contract meant that Big Machine owned the master recordings for all the music she made under them.

In 2019, Scooter Braun acquired Big Machine in a $300M deal, meaning he had control over a massive chunk of Swift’s body of work. Swift released a statement explaining the whole thing and called Braun out for years of bullying, creating a tidal wave of drama and initiating the involvement of a bunch of other high profile artists and music execs. 

The whole thing got so messy that Swift was allegedly prevented from performing her old songs during a medley at the 2019 AMAs, and she wasn’t even allowed to use her older music and performance footage in her Netflix documentary Miss Americana. 

Fast-forward to this week and it looks like Taylor Swift is officially done with playing nice. Her Killing Eve cover is pure genius and the ultimate f*ck you to the controlling men trying to prevent her from freedom over her own work.

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Has Reality TV Gone Too Far With Men Competing To Impregnate A Woman?

You can't make this stuff up.

Let’s be real: reality TV has changed a lot since the early days of Big Brother and The Real World. Once upon a time, all we wanted was to put humans under a microscope and watch them interact – but since then, the stakes have been raised. These days, reality TV is all about fabricated drama, risky contestant combinations, and crazy formats. Case in point: the new reality TV show Labor of Love, that sees 15 men compete to impregnate one woman.

Speaking of reality TV, hear Martha from Married at First Sight spill all the tea below:

The show, premiering on Fox, follows Kristy Katzmann, a 41-year-old woman who dates 15 men in hopes of finding one to be the father of her unborn child.

As the Los Angeles Times so accurately put it, “think of it as The Bachelorette set to the rhythm of a ticking biological clock.”

To make the whole thing even more bizarre, Labor of Love is hosted by Kristin Davis AKA Charlotte York from Sex and the City.

Apparently, at the end of each episode Kristy and Kristin (an already-confusing name combo) review the ‘fathers to be’ with an app and she gives one the flick with the catchphrase “I don’t see us starting a family together.” Brutal.

On the premiere episode, Katzmann’s suitors waste no time in providing a sperm sample, and according to the LA times, “in a later challenge, producers stage a fake bear ambush during a camping trip to test the contestants’ protective instincts.” You can’t make this stuff up.

We’re not the only ones doing a double-take when it comes to Labor of Love. Twitter users have just as many questions. 

“I think a lot of women are in the same position as me,” Katzmann says. “So, what maybe seems outlandish at the start is actually a really relatable story. And there is so much heart and soul in the show.” 

Katzmann’s story is relatable. She says “I thought the baby piece would fall into place – I’d meet the right person, we’d start a family. But when I turned 40 those alarms were really going off.” 

But is finding a baby daddy via a reality TV show that authentic? Or realistic?

It’s really no surprise Labor of Love has sprung into existence. In recent years, we’ve watched people fall in love without seeing each other on Love is Blind, we’ve seen singers compete for glory wearing ridiculous costumes on The Masked Singer, and what about Too Hot To Handle,  the Love Island-esque reality show where horny hopefuls win money by refraining from boning each other!?

The opportunities to shock and delight viewers are endless, and the crazier the reality show format gets, the more likely it  becomes an instant guilty pleasure and viral social media sensation. 

The question is: where does the line get drawn between reality and reality TV?

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