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Lady Gaga Being 'Too Ashamed' To Hang With Ariana Grande Is Way Too Relatable

Hitting too close to home there, Gaga.

You’d think Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande would easily be BFFs given that they’re both superstars and have worked together on the much-hyped collab track, ‘Rain On Me’. But underneath all that glitz, glamour, and world-saving things she does, it seems like Lady Gaga racked with the same sort of self-doubt we all have when it comes to hanging out with people.

Speaking of Lady Gaga, the GOAT team talk about her most underrated album, ‘Artpop’, on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Chatting with Zane Lowe on his Apple Music show (via Billboard), Lady Gaga took a deep dive into her Chromatica album, how the record came about, and talked about a number of songs on it, including ‘Rain On Me’.

When asked about how it was working on her ‘Rain On Me’ collab with Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga gushed about how the two instantly connected on a creative and musical level during the recording of the single:

“When we were vocally producing her, I was sitting at the console and talking to her. And then I remember I said to her, ‘OK, now everything that you care about while you sing, I want you to forget it and just sing. And by the way, while you’re doing that, I’m going to dance in front of you,’ because we had this huge big window.

“And she was like, ‘Oh my God. Oh my God, I can’t, I can’t. I don’t know. Oh my God. Okay, okay.’ And then I did it and she sang, and she started to do things with her voice that were different. And it was the joy of two artists going, ‘I see you.'”

But things then took a turn for the painfully relatable when Lady Gaga talked about how despite her growing relationship with Ariana Grande, she felt “too ashamed” to open herself up and just hang out with her collab partner, despite Ari putting in a big effort to be friends with her.

Happily, Gaga eventually got over her self-doubt after a D&M with Ari and the two became friends:

“She was like, ‘You’re going to be OK. Call me, here’s my number.’ And she was so persistent. She would try over and over again to be friends with me. And I was too ashamed to hang out with her, because I didn’t want to project all of this negativity onto something that was healing and so beautiful.

“And eventually she called me on my sh*t. She was, ‘You’re hiding.’ And I was like, ‘I am hiding. I’m totally hiding.’ And then this friendship blossomed.”

The rest of us plebs definitely haven’t been in a recording studio working on a banger with a fellow superstar. But the self-doubt one feels after connecting with someone, especially if said someone is putting in an effort just to be friends with you? Yeah that hits really close to home.

It’s difficult to open yourself up to someone new, especially if that person is a peer whom you have admired. And who hasn’t gone down the slippery slope of thinking “what if I screw this up?” and “I don’t want to ruin what we got” whenever you form a connection with someone?

Hearing that Lady Gaga was hesitant to be friends with Ariana Grande because of her own hang ups is something we can all relate to. And as weird as it is too say, hearing people as powerful and influential as Gaga be so vulnerable is pretty comforting and strangely empowering because it just shows we’re all human at the end of the day.

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John Krasinski Ruins The One Good Thing We Had In Iso By Selling Out

Why can't we ever have nice things?

One of the few bright spots the world has had during these strange isolated times is John Krasinski’s Some Good News YouTube channel, which is basically the actor and his family goofing around in his home office all for the sake of bringing a smile to everyone’s face.

But that bastion of wholesome goodness has now been completely shattered because John Krasinski has decided to sell Some Good News – and his soul – for a big bag of cash.

Speaking of YouTube, the GOAT team talk about Jeffree Star’s latest scandal on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

According to The Hollywood Reporter, John has sold the rights to Some Good News to giant conglomerate ViacomCBS after what was a “massive bidding war” that netted Krasinski a “rich” licensing deal. In other words, John Krasinski made serious Office-level moolah selling his YouTube show.

What does this mean for us plebs who have been getting through iso by watching Some Good News free on YouTube?

Well it means that Some Good News will now move from YouTube to ViacomCBS’ streaming platforms, meaning new episodes will be put behind a paywall from now on and fewer people will have access to the show. The irony of having to pay for a previously-free show titled Some Good News isn’t lost on us.

But the biggest change will be the face in front of the camera. It is reported that John Krasinski will no longer be the host and will only be involved in a producer role, as well as some kind of “on-air presence.” So in other words, not only will Some Good News no longer be free but the strongest aspect of the show will be gone.

Apparently John was hesitant to sell the serious because he wanted to make Some Good News free on YouTube while also reaching the the biggest audience possible, but it seems like Krasinski changed his mind quickly though no reason was given. Getting a dump truck full of money is a pretty good way to change someone’s mind, just saying.

Look, I certainly can’t fault John Krasinski for jumping at the chance to make a big pile of money, but there’s just something unsavoury about this whole thing. It seems kind of gross that what initially began as a feel-good project to help people through these dark times will now become a corporate product that most people who are struggling financially can’t access.

The thought of John Krasinski taking something so wholesome and profiting off of it during these uncertain times is unseemly to say the least.

Hope you got a good price for Some Good News and your soul, John Krasinski. Can’t blame you for wanting to make bank but just don’t expect me to like what you did.

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Today In Worrying TikTok Trends: Guys Glorifying Toxic BF Behaviour

There are safer, less problematic ways to get TikTok clout.

It seems like all things viral are originating from TikTok these days, for better or worse. Among the many trends on TikTok today, a new one is emerging and hoo boy is it problematic because it is glorifying toxic boyfriend behaviour.

Speaking of TikTok, the GOAT team talk about how the platform could be the next big thing for music artists on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

If you go on TikTok and search “crazy boyfriend,” “psycho ex”, “psycho boyfriend” or stuff along those lines, you’ll find a worrying number of POV videos where dudes dressed like fkbois are scowling or doing something menacing towards the camera.

Just a quick search yielded a TikTok video with the caption “after years of you driving him crazy, your boyfriend catches you cheating for the last time” while a dude menacingly lip-synchs to the camera.

That only scratches the surface as there are a heap of other problematic vids, like a POV video with the caption “your crazy ex boyfriend kills your boyfriend because he’s jealous that you’re not with him” while a hoodie-wearing guy mimics a gunshot, and a POV video with “I’m the crazy ex-boyfriend and I still love you. u[sic] need to breakup with your boyfriend or he might get hurt” while a guy menacingly wields a baseball bat.

When asked by Vice why he jumped on this troubling toxic boyfriend viral thing, 16-year-old TikTok user Ryan Eskling explains how he was inspired by shows with abusive male leads, like Netflix’s You, saying “I was inspired by these shows to create different characters, as it seemed to attract the teenage demographic the most” and how he “was faced with a lot of comments from girls saying it’s attractive.”

That last comment from Esling highlights the worse part of this worrying toxic boyfriend trend on TikTok: how some girls are positively responding in the comments. It’s bad enough when guys are glorifying toxic behaviour for TikTok clout, but it’s worse when girls are romanticising and effectively normalising male violence.

Thankfully, these problematic TikTok videos have also copped criticism as there are a number of girls commenting how this trend is troubling, especially for those who have been in toxic relationships. One girl commented: “Can we stop glorifying abusive relationships? You wouldn’t be making cute lil TikToks about it if you actually knew what it felt like to be in one.”

Domestic violence and abusive relationships isn’t something young people should be glamourising on TikTok or creating characters out of, yet here we are and it’s all for stupid internet clout that has no real value. There’s a burden of responsibility on TikTok to regulate this sort of troubling content, yet it seems like they’re cool with anything as long as you’re good-looking or rich enough.

Seeing as how TikTok is an evil as hell platform during the best of times anyway, maybe just stay off the app altogether as that’ll end this problematic toxic boyfriend trend once and for all.

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