"All I want is to own my money… and for this to end… and for my boyfriend to be able to fucking drive me in his car. And honestly…. I want to be able to sue my family"
— Britney Spears during her court hearing
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) June 23, 2021
-After years of silence, Britney Spears testified remotely today about her conservatorship for the first time in open court, and she came out with guns blazing. She said “After I’ve told the whole world I’m okay, it’s a lie. I’m not happy, I can’t sleep, I’m depressed, I cry every day” and “The people who did this to me should not be able to get away and walk away easily.” She also said she did her last tour “out of fear,” compared her father to a sex trafficker: (“He loved the control he had over me, one hundred thousand percent”) and said she wants another baby but isn’t allowed to (“I have an IUD in my body right now that won’t let me have a baby and my conservators won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out”).
–Mariah Carey tweeted out her support to Spears.
-Speaking of female celebs who were treated badly in the 00s, Mischa Barton thinks it’s time she gets her own docuseries.
–Drake Bell pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges relating to a girl who was 15-years-old at the time of allegations.
–Harrison Ford injured his shoulder while rehearsing a fight scene for Indiana Jones 5. The film schedule will be reconfigured in the coming weeks to shoot around him.
–Stephen Amell was removed from his flight after an altercation with wife (though he insists he wasn’t forced off, tweeting “My wife and I got into an argument Monday afternoon on a Delta flight from Austin to LA. I was asked to lower my voice and I did. Approximately 10 minutes later I was asked to leave the flight. And I did so immediately. I was not forcibly removed”). He then followed up with a tweet that did not include an apology or contrition, but instead said “Must be a slow news cycle.” I followed this guy’s socials for years until last year’s tone deaf BLM video, and I’d grown increasingly worried that he needed help. (It also sucks to see a bunch of his fans blaming his wife and friends for being a bad influence. The dude is 40; his actions are on him.)
-Speaking of his friends, his close buddy Aisha Tyler (who hosted his ATX panel last weekend and was possibly on the plane with him when everything went down) unfollowed him and posted an Instagram graphic that says “Don’t Be a Dick.”
-Meanwhile, if you’ve gotten kicked off a plane for being belligerent and drunk, maybe cancel your pre-scheduled post about booze?
-Did Bennifer swap exes? JLo’s ex Alex Rodriguez was spotted hanging out with Ben Affeck‘s ex, Lindsay Shookus.
–Justin and Hailey Bieber met French President Emmanuel Macron, and Hailey’s outfit raised eyebrows.
–Avril Lavigne is now on TikTok. I remain in awe about how she appears to be aging backwards.
–Michael B. Jordan addressed criticism of his new rum brand’s name, J’Ouvert, after Nicki Minaj and others called for him to change it.
–Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson have reportedly broken up.
–Billie Eilish has apologized after an old video of her surfaced using a racial slur.
-This deep dive into the reboot of Gossip Girl is a great read. “Too many actors came in wanting to play a version of Blair or Serena. Many auditioned in headbands.”
-NBC’s just-canceled Manifest recently premiered on Netflix and quickly claimed the top spot on their “Top 10″ list — but Netflix has declined to save it.
-In Netflix’s new music docu-series This is Pop, T-Pain says he became depressed after his friend Usher told him he “f*cked up music.”
-Netflix is officially out of good ideas: check out the bizarre trailer for Sexy Beasts, a new dating show where real-life singles sport elaborate makeup and prosthetics to put true blind-date chemistry to the test.
-After Warner Bros’ weird promo strategy of only releasing tiny clips of James Gunn’s Suicide Squad as a pre-roll ads for Youtube videos, the full trailer is finally here.