[Blind Gossip] A couple of years ago – when recording artists were still doing major releases and tours – a famous singer had a new album to promote.
It is fairly typical to hold promotional press events in a hotel. Media outlets are scheduled – one after the other – for individual sit downs with the artist. Movie promotions are done this way, too.
Have you ever seen the movie Notting Hill?
In one funny scene, Hugh Grant goes to a fancy hotel to meet up with Julia Roberts. He is unexpectedly thrust into the middle of a round of promotional interviews she is doing for her new movie.
To try to blend in, he says he is a reporter for Horse and Hound Magazine.
He is escorted into the room and proceeds to conduct an awkward interview about a movie he clearly hasn’t seen.
It’s a funny scene. And not completely unrealistic.
It is up to the talent’s publicity team to send the media outlets an advance copy of the whatever is being promoted. Sometimes that doesn’t happen and the reporter has to go in and conduct the interview anyway.
Fortunately, it is not a disaster if the reporter doesn’t receive an advance copy. The purpose of the interview is not for the reporter to display their intimate knowledge of the work or to critique the work. The purpose of the interview is to let the artist tell their story and promote their work.
If the reporter is not familiar with the work, the Q and A might have a lot of open-ended questions, e.g. “So… what was your inspiration for this movie?”
And just like Julia Roberts in that scene in Notting Hill, it’s the talent’s job to smile and roll with it and answer the questions politely… even if it is clear that the reporter is not familiar with the work.
With that background, on to our story!
On the surface, Our Singer seems like a nice guy.
To promote his new album, he was scheduled to do a series of interviews in the penthouse suite of a swanky hotel in Los Angeles.
The reporter was given twenty minutes to do an on-camera interview with Singer about the new album. The reporter did not receive a copy of the album in advance, but the reporter and crew showed up on time, ready to seal the deal and do the interview.
When we met [Singer] in his suite, he was extremely warm to everyone. He refused to shake hands and actually insisted on hugging everyone instead.
It was a nice first impression. He made everyone (reporter, producer, camera crew) feel very welcome.
Sounds like they were off to a good start.
About five minutes into the interview, he asked our reporter if they had listened to his new album.
The reporter made the mistake of admitting that they had not.
That’s when the warmth ended.
[Singer’s] demeanor immediately changed.
He said, “Oh, really?”
Then he went into shutdown mode.
Singer sat back, folded his arms, and glared at the reporter!
From that point forward, whenever the reporter asked a question, Singer would respond with a terse one or two word answer.
Q: So, did you enjoy making this album?
Q:Would you care to elaborate?
And on it went.
It was a total disaster! The footage was completely unusable. Everybody knew it. Singer was being an ass. He was clearly sabotaging the interview to get back at the reporter. I’ve been present at hundreds of interviews and I’ve never seen anything like this happen before.
After this went on for a few minutes, the reporter held up their hand to pause the interview… and Singer got up and stormed out of the room!
Definitely no hugs.
We were all shocked.
As it turns out, Singer didn’t go far.
He went into the next room. We could see him sitting in a chair with his legs crossed, staring out the window in complete silence. He was obviously very upset.
Then his publicist came over and starting berating our reporter.
“How dare you come to this interview unprepared! How dare you not listen to the album!”
There was no point in having an argument with her about how she was the one who had failed to send a copy in advance! It was obvious that she needed to put on a show for her client because he was within earshot.
Still, it was the most uncomfortable interview I’ve ever been part of. [Singer] was just unbelievably childish and obnoxious.
Why was Singer so obnoxious?
Has he been like this all along? Or did he only got this way after he married that famous model?
Whatever. The readers of Horse and Hound would certainly not be delighted with him!
Similar: Sweetheart Score
[Optional] What is your favorite Hugh Grant or Julia Roberts movie?
I think it is Seal/Heidi Klum.
The reporter wasn’t at fault, the publicist was. But the singer should have handled it better and not behaved like such an *.
Favorites: HG: Love Actually
JR: The Pelican Brief
I hope that it’s not John Legend.
My fave Hugh Grant movie: Cloud Atlas
Julia Roberts movie: Mystic Pizza/Steel Magnolias
Mr “nice” guy & married to a model
Me too 🙂
My initial reaction was John legend, but S in singer keeps being capitalized so my guess is Seal.
Imo Hailey B is not what I call a famous model…
Whoops! I forgot my fav movies… nothing hill, love actually, music and lyrics. I watch these three all the time!
In who’s mind is she a model at all? Beautiful girl, though.
This sound like Bieber but is his wife really a “famous model”? He did have an album bomb a couple of years back. The Weeknd and Bella seem to fit. Bella is actually a famous model and she loves horses (Horse and Hound). Also, I hear Abel not so nice either.
Fav movie; Love Actually
I think you’re right in that while bieb comes to mind, it cannot be him. As you point out, Hailey is hardly a “famous model”, further his discography doesn’t line up. There wasn’t any album released pre-Covid, while with Hailey. Plus, I don’t see him going in for hugs .
I think it’s more likely to be John Legend.
Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra
Justin Bieber or John Legend
Favorite Movie: Notting Hill, of course. 😉
Sounds like Adam Levine to me.
Scarlet Peaches says
I like this guess! Adam definitely fits the bill.
Bieber. He seems to have always been this way.
Steel Magnolias. ❤️
I get a justin bieber vibe from this story
Could it be Seal? He’s the first singer that married a famous model that comes to mind. This happens a lot though, I once read an interview with that band the Punch Brothers where the lead singer got unreasonably offended when the interviewer called their music “bluegrass”. Apparently the music they make is not bluegrass.
I definitely think you’re right with this one! There was also the line “seal the deal”. Heidi Klum had a period where she was massive famous back then! Idk why people keeps guessing jb when he’s always been the xtra famous one over hailey since day 1 😩
I’m thinking Seal too
Another clue relating to Seal is the Horse & Hound reference, he’s British. I also checked music releases, in 2019 he gave an interview talking about new music he was recording, that it would be a series of EPs initially, then released as an album. I had to go really digging to find that info though, maybe he should be nicer to journalists…
This is too easy….. Beiber and Hailey
Ric Ocasek, model Paulina Porizkova
Obviously Justine Bieber!
Favorite Julia Roberts movie: My Best Friend’s Wedding/Steel Magnolias
Sounds like Justin Bieber
Is this Professor Green? Previously married to Millie Mackintosh- Made in Chelsea, Britain’s Next Top Model.
The reporter should have listened to the album. I don’t blame the singer one bit. It was the reporter who was unprofessional.
How was the reporter supposed to listen to an album that A) hadn’t been released yet and B) was never sent to the reporter? It’s not like the reporter just chose not to do it. It was the publicist’s fail here.
Man child Boober.
He was not married when purpose was realised so not uim
Pretty woman and Love actually
My faves as well! Good taste.
Justin Bieber ?
peppermint twist says
Justin Bieber. He’s a complete man-child. I feel bad for his wife having to deal with his BS. The interviewer should have spoken up. If he’s ever got a hope of growing up people have to call him out on his crappy behaviour when they witness it. I don’t think he listens to his wife, so I doubt she’d get through to him but others outside of his ‘yes men’ might
Seal ( the former Mr. Heidi Klum). ?
I’ll say Love Actually of Music and Lyrics for Hugh.
Mystic Pizza for Julia.
I like Notting Hill
Poppy Red says
I love About A Boy with Hugh Grant.
John Legend. I get this selfish, childish vibe from him.
Def Notting Hill!!
Singer: Justin Beiber
[Optional] What is your favorite Hugh Grant or Julia Roberts movie?
Hugh Grant: Cracks me up in pretty much any movie he’s been in. He’s hilarious.
Is that Biebs?
Sounds like him
I love Notting Hill btw, sweet even if unrealistic
Seal ? Hints ‘seal the deal’ and married to fashion model …
Definitely the Biebs
Hint: Seal the Deal
Harry Styles and Kendall Jenner
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid
Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo
the Weekend and Bella Hadid
Only one of those couples is married. Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo.
I agree with the artist and his publicist, it was unprofessional, lazy, and rude for the reporter to come unprepared. Writing/performing/recording music is a vulnerable endeavor, even for mega-stars. Also, I trust that everyone reading this blog is required to come to their job prepared. I research/prepare for everything I ultimately submit to a potential client.
Did you read the blind? The publicist failed to provide the reporter with an advanced copy of the album. If it hasn’t been released yet, or even if it had been, do you think the reporter should have bought the album with his own money? The publicist owes the reporter her job for not calling her out in front of the ‘artist’, who sounds like a spoiled child.
But yet you failed to read the part of the item saying the publicist did not send the album to the reporter. Kinda inconsistent of you, huh?
royal eduardo says
How could the reporter prepare when the publicist failed to send the CD for them to listen to?
Lol looks like you didn’t prepare enough for this comment 😂
My initial reaction was def the Biebs but I actually think this is John Legend
Adam Levine? He seems like he’s a high maintenence one.
Hmmm…a singer who married a model? Never heard of any! Seriously, Seal, maybe? Favourite Hugh Grant movie… one of my 2 guilty pleasures: Music & Lyrics (the fake ’80s pop video) or Love Actually (“Jump-for my love”). I’m a sucker for an actor willing sacrifice his pride for comedy.
I’m probably wrong but this feels like Gene Simmons of Kiss….
This has to be Justin Bieber.
One of my favorite movies with HG is Love Actually. And Pretty Woman with JR.
My favourite High Grant movie is Love Actually…one of my favourite movies in general, regardless of Hugh Grant being in it. As for my favourite Julia Roberts movie….Pretty Woman all the way.
Justin Bieber? I’m out of touch with modern music.
And I know it flopped and most people hate it but I absolutely love 9 Months, the movie he did with Robin Williams. Though I admit I watch for Williams because he’s the best part as the doctor. It’s also the only movie where I like Tom Arnold’s character. This is way too long an answer…
John Legend? Only due to he married Chrissy Teigen otherwise the Biebs but I wouldn’t call Hayley Baldwin a famous model.
Julia was great in Mystic Pizzas
The man child that is Justin Bieber
Fave Hugh Grant movie is Bridget Jones and fave Julia Roberts movie is Sleeping with the Enemy
Favorite: Four Weddings and a Funeral
Singer is assuredly Seal. I love the subtle references this time!
Favorite Julie Robert’s movie is definitely Runaway Bride
Can’t wait to find out who this obnoxious twit singer is.
Re: Julia Roberts & Hugh Grant? I can’t stand either one. Hugh is always the same, no matter what movie I’ve seen. Julia only truly became her movie character in Erin Brockovitch. She usually can’t hide that big ol’ horsey laugh.
Bieber, hope I’m wrong, he has come a long way. BUT if someone isn’t prepaired for an interview, you can’t blame Bieber for that !
Knew it was Justin Beiber even before you threw in “Married the Model” part. He is such a whiner.
I like Erin Brocavitch for her & liked them both in Notting Hill
The Big D says
This has to be Bieber and Hayley.
I LOVED Pretty Woman!!
4 weddings and a funeral for High
Probably the Biebs but could also be John Nottta Legend. He’s married to Chrissy * it, so he must connect with her on that level, I would think.
Open: I liked Hugh in Coma. He was also in a gay flick, years ago and was a nice addition. 😋. Think I’ve seen him in other older movies too but can’t remember which ones. I liked him as an actor and just wish he was as hot now as he was then!
My immediate thought was Adam Levine, but now I’m thinking Michael Buble on this.
Favorite Hugh Grant movie – I actually love Love Actually.
I generally don’t like Julia Roberts movies, although I do like Notting Hill..
lulus mom says
The dude was unprepared. Why would Bieber talk to someone who didn’t even listen to what he’s there to report on. Also. Not a big JB fan, but eh. I’d have stopped talking too.
royal eduardo says
But that would fall under the fault of the publicist and there’s still no excuse for him to act out like that
Childish and immature brat Justin Bieber.
Can’t stand the guy so definitely won’t buy any of his music!
Hugh Grant: Four Weddings and a Funeral