Your Friday Celebrity Roundup: MacLaine, Clarkson, and the Griffin!

Shirley Maclaine in Downton Abbey TV series

By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly

Am I the only one with the plague? Y/N? When I’m feeling blue (and ill), I turn to the world of entertainment to brighten my spirits. Earlier this week, I told my editor that not even the resurrection of Whitney could buoy my sick spirits this week, but that wasn’t entirely true. I was in the throes of the worst of it. There’s plenty going on that’s all sunshine and rainbows, helping heal my broken body (and spirit).

Downton Abbey returns this weekend. Yes, I am one of those people who watches and can’t stop talking about it when he does. And this Abbey development: Shirley MacLaine says she and Maggie Smith were lovers in another life. When asked about Season 3, MacLaine said the two legends began reminiscing about life and lovers between takes. “When we were doing a press conference here, someone asked me if I had known Maggie before. And I said, ‘Oh yes, we were lovers in another life.’ I don’t know where that came from.” When asked if she “genuinely believes that,” MacLaine replied: “How the hell do you know? Listen, since I don’t know where it came from, maybe it’s true. I have no idea.”

Oh, and the Downton castle is haunted. Clearly.

Some of you may have seen this yesterday–it was making the rounds on social media–but I can’t get over how awkward Kelly Clarkson can be when deflecting those gay rumors. And listen, I love me some Kelly. On those lesbian whispers, which continue to dog her even after her engagement: “I mean, I get hit on by the hottest girls ever. Oh my god, if I were a lesbian, I would be so in luck. But it’s just not my thing. I’ve always batted for the boys’ team.”

“People think, ‘Oh, she’s been single for too long.’ That’s kind of an insult to the gay community. Being single doesn’t mean you’re gay. But I’m never insulted by it, obviously.” God bless that sweet lesbian. That’s a long, tricky answer for a ┬ásimple no.

Did you miss Kathy Griffin going down on Anderson Cooper on New Year’s Eve? Here it is! “If you think this is the part where I’m going to apologize for trying to go down on Anderson Cooper, you are sorely mistaken. I tried, ladies and gays, I tried for you.” Sorry, I still think she’s funny. I probably always will.


In other news, I hope to be healed enough to be on the dance floor this weekend. (Maricon returns Saturday.) But that’s all in the hands of the Lord now.